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Upgrading BIOS after Upgrading from Vista to 7

Q: Upgrading BIOS after Upgrading from Vista to 7


I bought Windows 7 having come from Vista. However, there is a BIOS update for my system. The new BIOS update states: The BIOS updates the fan control algorithm of the system, and turns the fan on at low volume while your notebook PC is operational. If you are currently experiencing any symptoms on your notebook PC, please contact HP for support. It is located here:

I'd love to flash it but not sure if it will ruin my computer as it's more than likely not designed for flash when Windows 7 is on it or do you's know any better?

I also have 2 blue vertical lines going do the right hand side of the screen. I've seen loads of problems but no solutions. Has any fixed this HP problem?

Cheers folks!

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A: Upgrading BIOS after Upgrading from Vista to 7

The BIOS is the stuff that happens BEFORE Windows starts to load.
Do you have issues with overheating or with the fan? If so, the BIOS update is for you.
Also, BIOS flashes are dangerous - and you can turn your computer into a paperweight by doing it incorrectly. In short, if it ain't broke - don't fix it!

The type of lines that you describe on your screen are usually caused by hardware issues. Send it in for repair if the system is under warranty. If not, then get an estimate from a local computer store - it may be cheaper to live with it.
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A:Will upgrading the bios firmware on a Latitude D630 delete the bios admin password?


Didn't you reply here, and say it worked (after the unusual 9th try )

Awfully strange!

A bios update can't remove passwords. As You Must Know

Oh and thanks for the extended long Title. I'm thinking this Topic of yours would be best removed? What do you think?
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Are you trying to install the drivers from ASUS?
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A:Upgrading BIOS

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A:Upgrading Bios

I flashed my Asrock bios a couple of times. They provide a very easy way to do it from within Vista/7.

Not sure about Asus - imagine it is the same.
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A:need help on upgrading bios

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Your cpu should run on an fsb of 166mhz(333mhz effective) Giving you a cpu speed of 2083mhz.

See HERE for AMD Athlon XP specs.

Check in your bios that the fsb is correct.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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A:Bios Upgrading

Likely an error in the download. Those BIOS updates are protected as much as possible from defects. If there is any chance of a problem, the BIOS install will not run, because it can permanently ruin the computer.
Suggest you run a new download when all this bad weather has stopped stiring up the internet.
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A:Upgrading the BIOS

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A:Problems After Upgrading BIOS

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A:bios upgrading issues

Hi,Did you connect your machine to AC power when updating BIOS ? Please try a hard reset and see if it works.1. Power off your laptop2. Remove the a/c adapter, battery and everything that is attached to your laptop.3. Hold the 'POWER 'button down on your laptop for about 10 seconds.4. Plug in the a/c power supply (without battery) and power on. Note: You need to use AC power when udating BIOS.Regards.
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A:Dead Cpu....Upgrading Bios?

Axemanant said:

After ascertaining that it was compatible with my motherboard i bought an intel Core 2 duo E6750.
Click to expand...
How did you ascertain this...because there is no mention of E6750 support for that board on MSI's own site.
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A:resetting/upgrading old compaq bios

dear former druggie

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A:Upgrading BIOS on ASUS A7V8X

The is the boot part
The autoexec.bat and config.sys files are for autoloading drivers and commands (not required)

Quote from here:

However, you will need to have AFLASH.EXE (unzipped) utiility and set the floppy drive as the boot drive. Then, type in the command [ FORMAT A:/S ] (without [] brackets) in DOS mode to create a boot disk. Do not keep AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files in it; Later on, choose item [1] ?Save Current BIOS to File (Save Existing BIOS to File) screen will appear. Then, when you see the query for filename appears, please insert a filename (eg. A:\XXX-XX.XXX ) and hit .Click to expand...

Here's your Drivers page (and bios too) again:

Or use this way (preferred, in case you have mx and you don't know it)
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A:Difficulty upgrading bios on a Nforce2 chipset

If the "latest" BIOS revision is 2004, then you may not be able to upgrade .

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I realize that I'm no fun, sorry. Maybe someone else knows more about this than I do.

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Quote: Originally Posted by roosterwes

I have purchased the upgrade designed for Windows Vista to move my daughter's computer to Windows 7.

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i got a copy of windows 7 professional 32-bit from my school. on microsofts website it says i cannot upgrade to 7 pro from vista home premium...

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

however, when i called microsoft customer service, the guy said i can. i dont have any means to back up my files, so i kind of need an upgrade rather than a full install. is this guy an idiot or am i misunderstanding the website? what can i do?

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oh one more thing. can i partition the drive and dual boot vista and 7 with my current hardware? the CS guy also said that if i dual boot, 7 can access all the files on the vista partition without problem. was he correct in this? if so, i may just dual boot. and supposing i were to dual boot and later decided i didnt need vista on the system anymore, would i be able to safely remove it without losing my files?
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A:Upgrading from Vista (32) to 7 (64)

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I have a HP laptop that is running Vista Home and plan on doing an inplace upgrade to Windows 7. Have already purchased the Win 7 upgrade.

My question is this. I also have a Dell Inspiron laptop that I have upgraded to 4 gigs of RAM. It is running Windows XP Professional. What I would like to know is if it is possible to use the Vista installation disk that came with the HP and install it o the Dell. I would in fact be taking the operating system off of the Dell and replacing it with the operating system that is now on the HP. Is that possible..

I understand that I would have to do a full install and not an upgrade.

Please let me know if in fact I could do this.

Thanks for your assistance and all comments.

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What I would like to know is if it is possible to use the Vista installation disk that came with the HP and install it o the Dell.Assuming, the DVD is called "Operating system installation disk", or something to that meaning, then no. It's designed for that HP computer.
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If someone upgrades from Vista to W7, do the programs from Vista remain intact? Or must they all be reinstalled after the upgrade?

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well it is generally recommended on here you do a clean (custom) install rather than an upgrade, but to answer your question, they will reain in place after an upgrade
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Where did you get the Windows 7 Upgrade disc from.
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A:Upgrading from XP to Vista

I would suggest that you backup datafiles / stuff you want to keep onto CD's, and then copy them across manually, that way you can keep the data on CD and only transfer what you need. I'm skeptical about "Easy Transfer" of settings - you may end up with things that you dont need from XP, or bots of the old OS. With any other means of automatically transferring programs/files via cable, too many things have the potential to go wrong, and it'll be slow if you are transferring big files. Much better to either copy to CD OR buy a USB external Hard Drive and use that. With it being for a buisiness the external drive may be a better option - copy stuff accross to the drive, and then to the new machine and burn to DVD.

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I hope this helps a wee bit


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A:Upgrading from Vista to Win 7

You most certainly can use the WIN7 upgrade disk to do a clean install.  In your case, I would rest easy as you are technically upgrading Vista.
Not sure of the legality of laying out the link with the instructions in an open forum.  Don't want the forum to get into trouble.
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A:Upgrading Vista

I posted a reply to your other post saying the Gateway disk won't fly in thiis box so you need to fix the existing system. The only screen I can think of before the Desktop wallpaper cuts in is the manufacturer's flash screen - is that what's you're seeing? You can lose that in the BIOS settings.
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I have eagerly been waiting for someone to post something about Win 7, especially after yesterdays download debacle. How did you acquire a serial key? I managed to download the beta but no key and want to do a clean install on a seperate drive, but not if the beta is going to expire after 30 days without a serial key.
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Where are you planning on downloading Windows from? Please be aware that it is illegal to use any pirated version of Windows.
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A:Upgrading Vista

There isn't that much difference between the two What Is the Difference Between Vista Premium & Ultimate? |
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I know running a clean install is the best option but i have 25 games installed and dont want to have to reinstall them.

Thoughts and experiences please....

Thanks in advance.

A:Upgrading Vista to 7

Hello badjz and welcome to SevenForums.

I am one of those happy upgraders, though majority of forum members recommend clean install. Read about pros and cons here, about my experience here.

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A:Upgrading from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit 7?

It's my understanding that the retail versions come with both 32 & 64 bit. If your computer will run it use the 64bit. It just works better.

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A:Upgrading Vista

Yes of course. The Vista licence is unchanged which means if it is a full retail copy you are free to reinstall it again on your present PC or as a fresh install on another (not on two at the same time though). If the Vista license is an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) then it is tied to the PC its on now. That doesn't stop you reinstalling it at any future time no matter what you do on that PC in the meantime.

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Once you have a disk image of Vista then you can return to it at any time as if nothing had happened.
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Just a curios question.

How much time does it take to run the upgrade from Vista Home Premium
to W7 HP on a x64 laptop.


A:Upgrading Vista HP to W7

It varies, depending on how much data you have... Most would advise against an upgrade though.. too many things to go wrong...
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A:Upgrading from Vista

Welcome to the forums and I hope this helps, download the upgrade path document from MS

The layout doesn't show up on the forum, copy and paste made it hard to figuer out.
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A:Upgrading from Vista to 7

Hi this shold help games etc will need to be reinstalled other data that you have saved ie files pics should be in a folder called windows old