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Updating BIOS

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gutterbird, Sep 15, 2005.

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  1. gutterbird

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    Question,
    I am upgrading my system from Windows 98 to XP Pro, Full (clean) install. I plan on wiping everything out on the hard drive and start from scratch. Is it necessary to update the BIOS, and if so, where do I find the update? The computer I am upgrading was put together by a local person and he is no longer around, so there is no manufacturer's website to go to and I am not for sure who made the motherboard.
     
  2. Old Rich

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    It is a good idea to run the Compatibility wizard on the XP Disc prior to installing . . it will tell you what hardware and software is compatible. ( Insert the XP disc while the system is on and choose "Check for Compatibility" )

    I like to update to the newest BIOS when I Upgrade a pc to XP, but it is not a exercize to be undertaken lightly . . I use a UPS to prevent a power loss from converting the machine into a trotline weight . .

    You can download and run the Belarc Advisor or Everest to find out what MotherBoard you have ( and a lot of other details about the system as well )

    Good luck . .
     
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    To run the compatibility wizard . . Insert the XP disc while the system is on and choose "Check for Compatibility"
     
  4. Elvandil

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    It is rarely necessary to update the BIOS. If you find an update, read the release notes to see what changes have been made to the BIOS in the update. If none of the changes applies to you, don't take an unnecessary risk.
     
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