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BIOS Update?

I just got a new HP ProDesk computer that was originally loaded with Windows 8.1 but downgraded to Windows 7 before it was purchased. I have since upgraded to Windows 10 and everything seems to be running fine. Today the HP Support popup notified me of a "crucial update" which consisted only of a BIOS update. Research tells me that BIOS updates can be very dangerous and often unnecessary, especially if the computer seems to be functioning properly. So, should I install the BIOS update or leave it alone?

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I read attached comments. If for security or new device...

...I will install, especially on new computers. If it's to fix something esoteric that I don't think will affect me, I don't. What does the documentation for this update say?

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Documentation for update.

"Added support for windows 10, updated OSI, F11 recovery, new feature byte for Win10, DBX initialization. Changed the UEFINetworkStack II components from version 10 to version 07. Revert M.2 code to specific detection of M.2 devices and decrease ghosting process times."
None of this means much to me. See anything that looks scary?

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The F11 recovery update for 10 alone

Would have be installing this. Remember that if your system is working, you can ignore it. For me I update as the hundreds I've done over decades is spotless. Then again, I have never pushed my luck as some do.

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Decided to do the update

But apparently it is not something that updates itself and seems to require more computer prowess than I have. Unless someone can give me a BIOS update for dummies instruction, I'll probably leave it alone. The HP update took me to a list of possible ways to accomplish this, none of which sounded like something I should be doing. Perhaps I'm making more of it than I should?

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If you feel you can't follow the directions.

Then don't do it. That's where folk brick machines. Let it be and if the machine runs OK, don't fret about it.

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Than don't do it

I have Never Had to do a BIOS update, even though updates were available.
I'm a firm believer of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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For me, never an issue.

Here's my method. I always follow the maker's instructions on BIOS install/updates. I do not take chances and unplug the power in the middle of an update. In over 2 decades I have yet to lose a board but folk have lost a few. Given I've only done a few thousand it's possible to lose it but under normal updates it's safe enough for me to just upgrade.
Note: Corrected title.

Post was last edited on October 12, 2015 8:33 AM PDT

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If The Machine Is Running Correctly, It's Usually Not Needed

Generally, I read the BIOS update information about specific items that might apply to my situation and computer.. Most don't require the update but you'll want to verify.

Basically... If if ain't broke.....

Hope this helps.

Grif

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If the manufacturer puts a firmware upgrade

out I always install it. I've never had an issue either.

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