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    Phoenix/Award bios upgrade

    I wanted to be able to boot from a USB thumb drive. The boot menu does not give this as an option. HP's site says their bios upgrade is for Vista only. Does this make a difference and what other alternatives do I have.


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    Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium(32 bit)
    Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
    Model: GX614AA-ABA a6330f
    Serial Number: CNH7510Y3L
    uuid: 80AD3FA886E6591090039E83995C4174
    BIOS type: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    BIOS ID: 10/29/2007-MCP61P-NARRA-00
    BIOS sign on: None
    BIOS date: 2007.10.29

    This computer was originally loaded with Vista. I later upgraded Win7 Home Premium.

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    I have a similar situation in that my Sony laptop originally had Vista. I then upgraded to Win 7. I wanted to try virtualization but it was not supported in my Bios. There was a Bios update for Vista. When I updated the Bios I also gained the virtualization capability in Win 7.

    I would say the Bios is independent of the OS and therefore a Bios update is a Bios update regardless of the OS.
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    If you can get an installable copy of your current BIOS, then there would seems to be no problem trying the allegedly-Vista new BIOS, with the "bootable USB" facility. If you encounter any problems, you could then revert to what you currently have installed.

    I'm with Ted for a further reason, that Vista and Windows 7 are so similar that even if the BIOS includes features to support Vista (interesting...) then these should also support Windows 7.
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    Phoenix/Award bios

    Thanks to Medico and BATcher for the response. Wasn't sure about bios vs. OS and how well they play together. I'll find the current bios version download as a backup precaution.
    Plinybc

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