Chris Pietschmann

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AutoUpdate BIOS/Firmware?

I was talking to one of my friends and he mentioned a conversation he had with someone about AutoUpdating Firmware/BIOS in the background while you are using your computer. The person my friend was talking about seems to think that his WinXP system at home currently does this. He must be thinking that Windows Update does a little more than update Windows. Even though this isn't something that is or can be done now; it got me thinking.

Automatically updating your BIOS or other Firmware would be a pretty neet thing, but also a very risky thing. What happens when I want to turn my computer off but its in the middle of a BIOS update? Or how about a power outage in the middle?

After thinking about it; I wouldn't want my computer automatically updating the BIOS for me when ever theres an update available. I've had my laptop for a year and my desktop for two years; I've never updated the BIOS on them and I don't believe I ever will.

With current computer hardware, It's definitely a feature that I wouldn't turn on if given an option. Maybe someday BIOS/Firmware AutoUpdate will be a reality, but not today.

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