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How To Force HP Bios Update


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#1 mikey11

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 11:18 AM

how do i create a USB stick that will force a BIOS update at startup?

 

i have downloaded the BIOS and extracted the files, but how do i make a USB to boot from and force the update?

 

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 12:29 PM

If there is a legitimate UEFI/BIOS update for your particular hardware HP should have a fully (or almost fully) automated BIOS flash program in the downloads area for your computer, with instructions.

 

You need to consult the HP support site, looking specifically on the page for your specific machine.  Here's what it looks like for mine:

 

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As you can see, there is a BIOS update that just came out a few days ago (thanks for making me check - I haven't in a while):

 

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Upon clicking "Download" I am offered the option to do a pure download or to use the "Download & Install Assistant."  When available, I always choose the latter:

 

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Once the BIOS Update Finishes Downloading, you get the Install Now option:

 

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After Choosing "Install Now,"  you get this parade of screens while the BIOS Update Program does its thing:

 

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I missed capturing the third screen due to it's speed of display and my own fat-fingering of Alt+PrtSc

 

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Now, after closing all the programs I had open, this is what's left showing on my desktop immediately before hitting the "Restart Now" button:

 

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Then, your system restarts (for the first time) and you'll get a series of screens either exactly like these or somewhat like them:

 

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Now the system restarts and goes through the process of actually flashing BIOS memory during the boot process.  You'll see update status shown as a blue screen in the middle of a black field:

 

 

 

Then your system will go through rebooting the rest of the way like it usually does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 12:39 PM

thanks for that, much appreciated,

 

i have an HP with a corrupt bios, so it will not boot,

 

im trying to make a bootable USB stick using a dell,

 

when i download the driver package from HP (onto the dell), i double click to run it,

 

it decompresses/extracts all the files to the dell, then the install wizard comes up and wants to install it on the Dell, which i obviously decline,

 

i am not getting the option to create a bootable USB



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 12:43 PM

mikey11,

 

         Definitely try downloading and running on an HP box, if at all possible.

 

          Even though you're Windows 7, and my machine is Windows 10, I think the HP BIOS Update Utility has been pretty much like what I've shown for a long time.  It presumes you're going to be running it on an HP box, though.

 

          It's been so long since I've tried to flash BIOS on a machine with a corrupt BIOS, as opposed to a merely outdated one, that I can't be of much help.  Someone will certainly know how to do this, though.


Edited by britechguy, 15 December 2015 - 12:56 PM.

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 12:57 PM

i don't have access to another hp computer :killcomp:



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 01:55 PM

See this guide on reflashing a HP with Insyde BIOS. Hopefully the Windows key + b key will start the flash. Rename your .fd file to a .bin extenstion. I can't make out the letter after the numbers but it would be renamed to 363X.bin where X is the letter after the first three numbers.

 

http://www.systutorials.com/3022/hp-compaq-bios-crisis-recovery-from-a-failed-bios-flashing/



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 03:15 PM

thanks John, i tried that,

 

the USB drive flashes for about 30 seconds like its updating then the computer shuts off, tried to boot and no go,

 

i am not understanding what it is saying about the "winflash.exe" program in those instructions, i don't have any program like that within my BIOS download?



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 03:50 PM

Winflash it the Windows flashing program that includes the fd file. It's not something you need to worry about if you already extracted the fd file you show in your first post.

 

Sorry it did not work for you. It may be a matter of renaming the .fd file but there are a number of threads on the web where the name changes depending on the HP model.


Edited by JohnC_21, 15 December 2015 - 03:51 PM.





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