BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is a firmware that controls the hardware settings and boot sequence of your computer. Updating BIOS can improve the performance and compatibility of your system, but it can also be risky if done incorrectly. In this article, we will show you how to use HPQFlash, a utility that allows you to update or restore the BIOS on HP computers running Windows.
What is HPQFlash
HPQFlash is a utility that is built into the BIOS update file that you can download from HP's website[^1^]. It is not a separate file. When you run the BIOS update file, an info page will open and you will see several different ways to update the BIOS. One of them is HPQFlash, which lets you update the BIOS directly in Windows without creating a bootable disk or USB drive.
How to Use HPQFlash
To use HPQFlash, you need to follow these steps:
Download the BIOS update file from HP's website for your specific model of computer. You can find it under the Software and Driver Downloads section[^2^]. Make sure you select the correct operating system and version.
Run the BIOS update file and follow the instructions on the screen. You may need to accept a license agreement and choose a destination folder for the extracted files.
When the info page opens, click on the Launch HPQFlash link and then follow the prompts from the HPQFlash wizard. You may need to enter your administrator password and close any open programs.
The HPQFlash wizard will scan your system and check the current BIOS version. It will then compare it with the new BIOS version and show you the differences. You can also view the release notes for more details.
If you want to proceed with the update, click on Next and then Finish. The HPQFlash wizard will back up your current BIOS and then flash the new BIOS. Do not turn off or restart your computer during this process.
When the update is complete, you will see a confirmation message. Click on OK and then restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
If you cannot use HPQFlash or prefer another method, you can also update your BIOS using one of these options:
F10 Setup BIOS Flashing: This method allows you to update your BIOS through F10 setup using the \"Flash System ROM\" feature. You need to have a removable media such as USB or floppy diskette that contains the BIOS image file (XXX_MMmm.bin) in the root directory. You can copy this file from the DOS Flash folder that is extracted from the BIOS update file[^1^]. To use this method, reboot your computer and press F10 to enter setup. In the File menu, select the \"Flash System ROM\" item and choose your removable media. Follow the on-screen instructions to update your BIOS[^1^].
DOS Flash: This method allows you to update your BIOS using a bootable disk or USB drive that contains the DOS Flash utility and the BIOS image file (XXX_MMmm.bin). You can create this disk or drive using a third-party tool such as Rufus or HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. To use this method, boot your computer from the disk or drive and run hpqflash.exe at the command prompt. Follow the on-screen instructions to update your BIOS[^1^].
In this article, we have shown you how to use HPQFlash, a utility that lets you update or restore your BIOS on HP computers running Windows. We have also explained some alternative methods that you can use if HPQFlash is not available or suitable for your needs. Updating BIOS can improve your system performance and compatibility, but it can also be risky if done incorrectly. Always make sure you download the correct BIOS update file for your model of computer and follow the instructions carefully. Backup your data before updating and do not interrupt the process until it is finished. 061ffe29dd