Updating bios version developing and validating multiple choice tests
More specifically the fact that I’ve needed to apply them to some of my older HP Desktops and Laptops so we could deploy Windows 10 1511 reliably.Moving forwards this was going to be an issue as we are looking to upgrade our entire business to Windows 10 CBB later in the year.BIOS is an acronym that stands for Basic Input Output System.Also know as "System Setup", the BIOS is software that is contained on a small memory chip on the PC's Motherboard, typically referred to as the CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor).On Windows 7, you can search the Start menu for System Information to find it.On Windows 8, it’s more hidden — but you can still launch the System Information panel on Windows 8.You probably shouldn’t update your BIOS, but sometimes you need to.Here’s how to check what BIOS version your computer is using and flash that new BIOS version onto your motherboard as quickly and safely as possible. If your computer freezes, crashes, or loses power during the process, the BIOS or UEFI firmware may be corrupted.
There are several ways to see your BIOS version from within Windows, and they work the same on PCs with a traditional BIOS or a newer UEFI firmware.
I have my enable TPM / Import REPSET file steps before my Update BIOS steps in my task sequence.
This is to ensure that the devices BIOS settings are always configured with a password before my BIOS update step runs.
I’ve focused on HP however the solution I have implemented would work for any vendor, just adjust to suit the utility they offer. If you are enabling Bit Locker as part of your Task Sequence then you should already been using the HP Bios Config Utility to enable your TPM and set your BIOS settings using something like Bios Config /Set: TPMEnable.
And yes to all those SSM fans out there, I know that you can add a step to update the BIOS using that HP utility against a SSM downloaded management source with all the HP updates, however I’m not a fan and have chosen not to use it for various reasons specific to my environment. REPSET /nspwdfile:”password.bin” as part of Run Command Line step with a package.
To use a command, open a Command Prompt window — press Windows Key R, type cmd into the Run dialog, and press Enter.