cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
  • ×
    Information
    Fix Windows 10 Update Issues

    Resolve Windows 10 or update issues on HP computer or printer– Click Here

  • post a message
  • ×
    Information
    Fix Windows 10 Update Issues

    Resolve Windows 10 or update issues on HP computer or printer– Click Here

  • post a message
Highlighted
Level 2
22 13 0 3
Message 1 of 6
709
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Is updating BIOS bad or good?

Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Hi all,

I was just wondering if updating the bios is always a good idea? The reason why I am asking is that a few weeks ago my laptop wanted to update the BIOS. For whatever reason, it failed causing my laptop not to work. I had to send it to get repaired and it is working perfectly fine now. I have updated the BIOS before a couple times earlier this year without any problems.

After this experience, would it be best to bypass the BIOS update if it wants to be updated? I don't want  to have to go through it failing again. On a side not, I am not too knowledgeable when it comes to the BIOS.

Has anyone else experience this?

Thanks in advance,

5 REPLIES 5
Highlighted
Level 20
Level 20
117,272 107,453 17,023 26,067
Message 2 of 6
692
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Is updating BIOS bad or good?

Hi:

 

If the PC is running fine as it is, I would not update the BIOS.

 

Sometimes the update doesn't work as expected (as you discovered), rendering the PC unusable.

 

Only update the BIOS if the notebook has an issue that the release notes in the BIOS update state the update fixes.

 

I would never let the HP support assistant update the BIOS.

 

Download it from your notebook's support page and run the update file yourself and make sure that no programs are open, etc., during the update process.

 

Always update the BIOS with a fully charged battery and with the A/C power connected.

 

Do not have anything attached to the PC during the BIOS update such as USB devices, and whatnot.

Highlighted
Level 2
22 13 0 3
Message 3 of 6
667
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Is updating BIOS bad or good?

Thank you! I also was wondering what should I do in the situation where the computer updates the BIOS on its own? The reason why my laptop updated the BIOS is because I checked the windows update to see if my laptop needs updated and from there that was when my computer updated the BIOS.

 

0 Kudos
Highlighted
Level 20
Level 20
117,272 107,453 17,023 26,067
Message 4 of 6
661
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Is updating BIOS bad or good?

You're very welcome.

 

You can prevent driver and BIOS update files from automatically installing by:

 

1. Open the HP support assistant software.

 

2. On the top upper right side of the program, find the settings icon (shaped like a gear).

 

3. Click on the settings icon and you will be presented with a settings page.

 

4. Under the 'Choose how you would like to receive software updates from HP' section, select the 'Check for updates, but let me choose which updates to download and install' button.

 

5. Save the settings and exit the HP support assistant program.

 

 

Highlighted
Level 2
22 13 0 3
Message 5 of 6
641
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Is updating BIOS bad or good?

Alright, Thank you! I did what you recommended. By doing this, will it also help Windows Update from updating the BIOS as well? That was what I ran into when it attempted the bios

0 Kudos
Highlighted
Level 20
Level 20
117,272 107,453 17,023 26,067
Message 6 of 6
632
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Is updating BIOS bad or good?

You're very welcome.

 

Windows update would never download a BIOS update for your PC.

 

It must have come from the support assistant at the same time Windows Update was running.

0 Kudos
Be alert for scammers posting fake support phone numbers on the community. If you think you have received a fake HP Support message, please report it to us by clicking on "Flag Post".
† The opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of the authors, not of HP. By using this site, you accept the Terms of Use and Rules of Participation