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Windows 7: Updating the BIOS?

30 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
Updating the BIOS?

I'm really not sure if I should update my BIOS or not. I'm trying to optimize my Windows 7 x64 and get it updated. I've been following this tutorial, Optimize Windows 7, but I'm unsure weather or not to update my BIOS.

I have an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard, and I haven't had any problems with it. However, I noticed I'm running version 1006 from 10/17/2012. The latest is 2301 from 3/27/2014 and it improves system stability (not to mention the countless updates and fixes between versions 1006 and 2301).

Plus, there's some chipset drivers for AMD and I've been having problems getting my CCC started.

So... should I update or not?

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30 Mar 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Read the BIOS notes for the fixes it provides. I do not recommend updating the BIOS unless it has a fix for your issue.
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30 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Here's a list of the changes,

Beta Version 1006
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1006
1.Improve system stability.
2.Support new CPUs

Version 1201
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1201
Improve system stability.

Version 1302
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1302
Improve system stability.

Version 1503
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1503
Fixed F8 function is abnormal under fastboot - I noticed this, the F8 function is very hard for me to get.

Version 1602
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1602
Fixed can't boot to WinPE 4.0 X64.

M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1708
Fix HDD(1TB up) read error under win XP of IDE mode.

Version 1903
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 1903
Fixed Power On By RTC function failed.

Version 2006
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 2006
Improve system stability.

M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 2101
1.Improve system stability.
2.Revise help string in BIOS.
3.Support new CPUs.

Version 2103
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 2103
Support new CPUs.

M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 2201
Improve system stability.

Version 2301
M5A97 R2.0 BIOS 2301
Improve system stability.
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30 Mar 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I'd update chipset drivers but not the BIOS unless you have some of the issues mentioned.
If the F8 function refers to Advanced Boot Options, it is tricky to get to, I rapidly tap it during boot up, it has to be pressed between the time the POST screen goes black and the w7 animations, which is very quick.
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30 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 10 Pro X64

Try the chipset drivers and let us know if it helps.
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30 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Try the chipset drivers and let us know if it helps.
Alrighty then, it may help with the problems I've been having here,

There is 5 chipset drivers to pick from, should I just pick the latest version?
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30 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 10 Pro X64

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30 Mar 2014   #8

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Updating Software is one thing - but updating BIOS's is another matter-- if it gets hosed up then you've "Bricked" your system and all it will be good for is a doorstop (or at least until you get a new mobo).

"If it ain't broke don't fix it". !!!

I don't think I've ever had to update a BIOS -- I've updated some HDD firmware in the past but not the BIOS.

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30 Mar 2014   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I'll add my voice to the "not updating BIOS unless you absolutely have to" crowd.

As already mentioned, it really isn't a good idea unless you have to update to support a new CPU, or to fix a serious problem.

I had to do my motherboard's BIOS to support my CPU, I had no choice, but it was the most nerve-wracking two minutes I've felt in a long time. I don't recommend it.

But yes, do the chipset drivers.
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30 Mar 2014   #10

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

The problem with updating the BIOS is that you need a functioning BIOS in order to do it. Without that you don't have the ability to boot, no way to access the media containing the BIOS update or software. If the BIOS update should fail, and that can happen even if you do everything right, you are in a very serious situation. BIOS chips can only be updated a small and unknowable number of times. Sometimes they fail the first update. In many cases the only recovery is physical replacement of the BIOS chip and that usually requires the services of a trained technician. Newer systems often have better recovery facilities but never assume this.

I have seen many stories of failed BIOS updates. Many do not have a happy ending.

If it isn't broken, don't fix it.
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