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Downloading a BIOS update
To reduce the risk of damage to the computer or an unsuccessful installation, download
and install a BIOS update only when the computer is connected to reliable external power using the
AC adapter. Do not download or install a BIOS update while the computer is running on battery
power, docked in an optional docking device, or connected to an optional power source. During the
download and installation, follow these instructions:
Do not disconnect power from the computer by unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet.
Do not shut down the computer or initiate Sleep.
Do not insert, remove, connect, or disconnect any device, cable, or cord.
From the Start screen, type
, and then select the
HP Support Assistant
Updates and tune-ups
, and then click
Check for HP updates now
Follow the on-screen instructions.
At the download area, follow these steps:
Identify the most recent BIOS update and compare it to the BIOS version currently installed
on your computer. If the update is more recent than your BIOS, make a note of the date,
name, or other identifier. You may need this information to locate the update later, after it
has been downloaded to your hard drive.
Follow the on-screen instructions to download your selection to the hard drive.
If the update is more recent than your BIOS, make a note of the path to the location on your
hard drive where the BIOS update is downloaded. You will need to access this path when
you are ready to install the update.
If you connect your computer to a network, consult the network administrator before
installing any software updates, especially system BIOS updates.
BIOS installation procedures vary. Follow any instructions that are revealed on the screen after the
download is complete. If no instructions are revealed, follow these steps:
From the Start screen, type
, and then select
Click your hard drive designation. The hard drive designation is typically Local Disk (C:).
Using the hard drive path you recorded earlier, open the folder on your hard drive that contains
Double-click the file that has an .exe extension (for example,
The BIOS installation begins.
Complete the installation by following the on-screen instructions.
After a message on the screen reports a successful installation, you can delete the
downloaded file from your hard drive.
Using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (UEFI)
HP PC Hardware Diagnostics is a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) that allows you to run
diagnostic tests to determine whether the computer hardware is functioning properly. The tool runs
outside the operating system so that it can isolate hardware failures from issues that are caused by
the operating system or other software components.
Using Setup Utility (BIOS) and HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (UEFI)