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HP Notebook PCs - Locate and Install Updated BIOS, Drivers, and Software
HP constantly strives to improve its products, and periodically provides software and firmware updates for them. To keep your HP notebook PC running smoothly, check for and install updated files for Windows, HP, and other software products on a regular basis. You should also periodically check for updated BIOS firmware, which manages the hardware in your notebook.
Keep your notebook up-to-date with the methods described below.
Automatically update Windows 7 and Vista with the HP Support Assistant
The HP Support Assistant provides automatic software and BIOS updates, built-in diagnostics and troubleshooting tools for your computer. It is the preferred method for maintaining and resolving problems on HP notebook PCs that use Windows 7 or Vista.
You should then:
Automatically update Windows XP with HP Help & Support
HP Help & Support provides easy access to software and BIOS updates for HP notebook PCs that use Windows XP. You are strongly encouraged to download and install the latest version of HP Help & Support .
To use HP Help & Support to check for system updates:
Manually download and install updates and drivers
Use the following steps to manually locate updated HP software and hardware drivers.
Manually download and install BIOS firmware
If HP Support Assistant or HP Help & Support utility is not installed, you should find which version of the BIOS and which CPU processor is installed. If the installed BIOS version is the same as the BIOS version available on the HP web site, no additional action is needed. You must verify which type of CPU is installed because attempting to install a BIOS for a different CPU may cause the computer to stop working completely.
Use the following steps to find, download, and install the latest BIOS for your computer.
Find the version of the current BIOS
To determine the version of the current BIOS on the computer, perform the following steps.
Write down the BIOS version you have and continue to the next section.
Find the processor type
Some notebook models may have more than one kind of processor over the course of their manufacturing lifetime. A different processor may require a different BIOS. It's best to verify which processor your notebook has, and compare it to the documentation in your BIOS download before installing the BIOS.
To determine what your processor type is, follow the steps below.
Write down the processor you have. Take the time to read the information to ensure that the BIOS you are about to install is one meant to be used with your specific processor.
Download the BIOS update
In some cases, an HP Support Agent, or the instructions in a support document, may recommend that you download and install a specific updated BIOS or driver or program called a "softpaq". Each softpaq file on the HP web site is listed with the abbreviation "SP" (for softpaq) and followed by a reference number. For example, SP12345.
To download and install, or flash, the BIOS, find the specific product number on your computer and do the following steps.
The latest version of the BIOS for the computer is now saved to the computer. Continue to the next section to install the BIOS.
Install the BIOS update
Once you have downloaded and saved the latest version of the BIOS to your computer, you will need to manually install it. It will take a few minutes to install the latest version of the BIOS. It is important to remain patient, do not interrupt the process, allow the updates to install properly. Installing a BIOS may also be called 'Flashing the BIOS'.
To install the latest version of the BIOS for the computer manually, be sure that you are running on AC, not battery, power, and follow the steps below.
The latest version of the BIOS is now installed on the computer.