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Windows 7: Bios update install

30 Jan 2011   #1

Bios update install

Hi peoples, i am a new member and with have a very little skill pc

Specifcation :

cpu : intel core2duo e6600
mb : asus p5k deluxe (3years old)
graphic : asus nvidia 6600gt
power : enermax liberty 500 watts
harddrive : western digital 640gb sata3 wd6402
memory : 2gb corsair

On Saturday :
I did windows xp sp2 install
Windows Set up failed after formatting a new harddrive wd6402

"File ntfs.sys caused an unexpected error (32768) at line 5091 in d:\xpsprtm\base\boot\setup\setup.c. "

Press any key to continue and restart

Today Sunday :
I bought Windows 7 full Retail from pc world store
I also have download latest BIOS Update for p5k deluxe motherboard from using dell laptop

How do i install the latest BIOS onto pc with no Operating System and what shall i do next ?

Any answer much appreciate and i thanks for that,-:)a lot

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


Try booting the Win7 DVD to clean install: Clean Install Windows 7

If it fails, wipe the HD then try install again: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Next try resetting the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

If Win7 will install you can update BIOS then. If not, use Asus flash utility which is slighly riskier than updating via Windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikom View Post

How do i install the latest BIOS onto pc with no Operating System and what shall i do next ?

Any answer much appreciate and i thanks for that,-:)a lot
No Operating System need.
Check on Asus web site for BIOS update tool.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello nikom, welcome to Seven Forums!

The first thing I would suggest after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media you use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive, running this then using the outline in Step Two #2 to create and format a single 100GB partition using diskpart will get you a clean all and a chkdsk /r for the best possible space to install Windows 7 to.
information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "clean all" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old Windows drivers, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #5


Many thanks to all for promt reply. I shall try and follow all info and be back later. Thanks:)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

You read the manual for your board yet? If not pull it out and look up the Asus EZ Flash 2; no OS needing to be installed, no need for a floppy drive/disk, all you need is a USB stick. If you don't have the manual you can find it here,

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards - ASUS P5K Deluxe/WiFi-AP
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #7


Hi gregrocker, theog, Bare Foot Kid, stormy13

Thanks for reply and yours time. Before i do all of your info, what shall i configure in BIOS for wd6402 640gb sata3 64mb cache 7200rpm harddrive. Is it Set up in IDE or AHCI. Which ones is better and faster.

Right then, Will be back later on
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP


I would try AHCI first, then IDE if install fails - as well as the other steps given.

You can wait for BIOS update until Win7 is installed unless it fails after all the other steps given.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Just be advised there is the possibility that if anything goes wrong with the BIOS flash, like a mains power interruption during the process the motherboard will be ruined; if there is no specific reason to do so, I would not flash the BIOS at all.

Why do you feel the BIOS needs an update?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Get to know what your present bios version is and whether it covers the processor you are gonna use. Read the release notes for your existing bios and the latest bios version from the manufacturer's website. Defer any bios updates unless there is a compelling reason. Any mishap while flashing the bios will shake your confidence.

For the same reason, I shall also advise against AHCI. ( I had only experienced problems when I had tried it on a new machine recently ) IMO, You don't lose much going with the established IDE.

So get going with Windows installtion. After a while when you have gained enough confidence, you can think of bios upgrade and AHCI etc., (Though it is recommended that you should select AHCI before installing Windows, give it a pass for now. There are ways and means of activating AHCI even afterwards, as you come to grips with your computer prowess.)

In short,try to walk first before you run.:)
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