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Updating the BIOS

As always, before starting the tests we update the BIOS with the latest available version. Contemporary Intel mainboards offer at least four different ways of performing this procedure. You can find detailed instructions for all four of them on the company web-site and even watch a video demonstrating this process live.

If you use any of the Microsoft Windows OS, they recommend downloading an executable file that contains an extraction tool, updating utility and the actual BIOS file. After launching this file, all you need to do is agree to all terms. After that your system will reboot and the BIOS will be reflashed in the process. If you are using alternative operating systems, it would be best to download an image file and burn it on a CD disk and then reflash the BIOS from an optical drive. You can also use a boot-up flash drive: this approach will suit those users who would also like to adjust some BIOS settings, such as boot-up logo, for instance. Since the beginning of 2009 Intel mainboards acquired a built in utility for BIOS updating, which can be launched during mainboard start by pressing F7. In this case you just need to download the latest BIOS file and save it on any available storage medium: HDD, CD or DVD disk, or a flash drive.

In my opinion, the built-in utility is the most convenient tool for BIOS reflashing, but it is not the first time that Intel mainboards prepare a not very pleasant surprise for us here. This utility is missing in early BIOS versions. By the way, the early BIOS versions also do not offer the option of saving the user settings profiles. So, first time we had to update the BIOS from Windows, which is, in fact, the most frequently used updating method. Later on we confirmed that the built-in BIOS update tool does work correctly. Once you restart the system and press F7, you get access to the available drives list.

So, we are selecting the right device that contains a file with the new BIOS version. It is very nice the long file and folder names are allowed.

After that we just have to wait for the update to finish and restart the system.

During BIOS updating from Windows the last step will be exactly the same, but without any actions necessary on your part, just launch the executable file and agree to all terms.

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