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Monday, May 26, 2014

1492. Update BIOS, but only when necessary

I have a friend who wants to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 and we tried. The computer passed the Windows 7 compatibility tests, yet Windows 7 simply won't install, it fails on the first reboot each time we try. Am I missing something?

I always suggest to invest in a new disk drive when you upgrade to a new OS so if you have a problem you can always go back.  

But in this case there were some options.  

I searched for the specific make and model and found that there were certain BIOS settings that the new operating system required to be changed.

BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output Settings and is the low level interface between the computer hardware and the operating system,.  

To get into the BIOS of most computers you need to HOLD the F1, F2 or the Delete key when starting the computer.

I changed the BIOS setting and the system continued the install as it should. All it took was some extra searching to find a solution.  

I can't remember how we got through these problems before the Internet.


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