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Windows 7: Thinking of installing Windows 7

05 May 2010   #41
gregrocker

 

Good work. Always best to update BIOS from Windows BTW and it lessens the possibiity of failure.

The solution to a failed BIOS flash, however, is to reflash from disk or DOS. So it is almost never fatal.


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05 May 2010   #42
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I didn't know my BIOS was so outdated. The version I had was from 2006. And, the new BIOS is from 2008.

Wish me luck! If all goes well, it should be installed by the end of the week! I'll let you all know how it goes.
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05 May 2010   #43
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

jm1, just a word of caution. As a general rule, you update the bios when that bios update corrects a specific problem you are having or upgrades hardware support for specific hardware that you have. Unlike software updates, you don't necessarily go by the bios date. What I am trying to say is be wary of flashing the bios, especially if you are not having any problems.
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05 May 2010   #44
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the warning. Here's the revision history:

Revision History
786E2 ROM Family


Models Supported: HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5700 Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5700 Micro Tower


Version 2.07 - Improves the security of pre-boot authentication (BIOS-based) passwords
by clearing data from volatile memory.


Version 2.05 - Adds support for Intel Pentium Processor 6F6, 6F2, 6FD, and 10661 steppings.
- Adds "Multi-Processor" option to the BIOS F10 Setup Utility so users can
enable and disable this option.
- Adds Computrace support.
- Adds BIOS support for the ReadyBoost Module.
- Fixes "101-Option ROM Checksum" issue that occurs with certain plug-in
NVIDIA Graphics Cards.


Version 2.04 - This BIOS release contains micro code update v1.03. This
consist of the 6F6, 6F2, and 10661 stepping updates.


Version 2.03 - Provide support for Microsoft VISTA operating systems.


Version 1.02 - Initial BIOS Version.
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06 May 2010   #45
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Looking at that list, I would say that version 2.05 is an essential bios update. I would not hesitate to flash my bios with this update. Version 2.07 I would skip since I don't use bios passwords. But updating with this one is not like to hurt anything and it includes the 2.05 update.
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06 May 2010   #46
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Also, could this have anything to do with the installation of seven?

Provide support for Microsoft VISTA operating systems.
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06 May 2010   #47
gregrocker

 

Yes, it is likely many of the changes made will benefit your Win7 installation.
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06 May 2010   #48
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

That update was to make the bios compatible with Vista. It should be fine for Win 7 also.
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06 May 2010   #49
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks! Like I previously mentioned, I should be able to install Windows 7 later this week. I am still waiting for my 160 GB External Hard Drive to arrive.
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06 May 2010   #50
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Very good. Please be sure to let us know how the installation goes. And ask questions if you run into problems.
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