Bios update - Dell Vostro 1510

I need to update (flash) the BIOS for my Dell Vostro 1510 but find that Win 10 TP blocks the flash driver from loading with error code: 1275.

Is there any way to flash the BIOS from within Windows 10?

N2S

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I would suggest you to open the file and run as administrator even though you have logged in as Administrator.

NOTE:

Modifying BIOS/ complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk. 

Keep us posted if you face any issues on windows in future. We will be glad to help you.

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I'm surprised DELL don't have a method outside of Windows to update the bios. That method would be a lot safer.

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Thanks for the suggestion Annu, however, I had already tried running the program as administrator.

WinPhlash, the program to flash the BIOS, starts up OK but when I click the 'Flash BIOS' button I get this error message:

Cannot load driver C:\dell\BIOS\WINPHLASH\PHLASHNT.SYS.

Please check your accounts, if you have no administrator privilege, please login again!

This driver has been blocked from loading

Error code: 1275

Only thing is I am logged in as an administrator and I have run the program as administrator. It appears that WIN 10 is blocking the .sys file from being loaded.

Any suggestions on how to get around the problem will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

N2S

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I'm surprised DELL don't have a method outside of Windows to update the bios. That method would be a lot safer.

Yeah, I agree. Apparently it causes all sorts of problems with people running Linux on their laptops. There is a work around kludge but involves formatting a bootable USB with a basic DOS and finding a DOS version of the phlash program. I'm trying to avoid having to go to all that hassle.

If I understand the way Dell's method works the WinPhlash program sets up the BIOS update then closes Windows down and the BIOS is flashed when the laptop reboots. Or, something like that.

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Anyone have any idea on how to do a BIOS update in Win 10?

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What about creating a boot CD/flash drive for DOS. Also I don't know if WinPE might have a DOS mode.

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Thanks Neil,

I have read a description of how to set up a DOS boot USB and flash the BIOS that way on another forum but I was hoping to avoid the hassle. It seems to reasonable to me that Microsoft should provide a way for us to be able to flash BIOSes on legacy machines. There are many who don't have or can't afford the latest and greatest.

I'll have to look in to WinPE, I'm not familiar with it.

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