Is it possible to check BIOS Options, from Windows, based on version?

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  1.    #11

    It looks like Get-ComputerInfo just gets BIOS information from the SMBIOS tables, which will contain vendor IDs/version numbers but generally don't contain specific BIOS settings.
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       #12

    I get very little values from Get-ComputerInfo although a lot of properties are listed. I have tried this on four different computers, all on the latest v1809 Build. I think someone else mentioned that HP does have some nice utilities to display BIOS info which I have used on my HP workstation.

    JohnD
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       #13

    The earlier link in post # 8 displayed:
    You wonít find a solution this powerful on any other PC. Itís only available on new HP Workstations.
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       #14

    I have a new HP Z2 Mini G4 workstation. I have not tried Performance Advisor. Due to an issue I had with my system, HP Tech Support introduced me to Image Diagnostics which gives you a complete listing of your BIOS settings.

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       #15

    The HP image diag is relatively new.
    The BIOS displayed results are similar to HP Performance Advisor.
    Using HP image diag you can enable and disable BIOS settings without opening the BIOS.
    Most HP business support techs were not trained to support HP PA.
    The PA has been phased out with image diag.
    HP support assistant and HP softpaq download manager are also being phased out and are being replaced with image diag.
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       #16

    Hi there
    Obviously some processes in the BIOS can't be displayed by Windows itself - for example if the BIOS is set to limit RAM to say 4GB (even though 8GB is installed) or disables an HDD or two then then windows itself cannot see the original values at all -- as far as Windows is concerned the extra HDD's / RAM simply don't exist.

    A specific Hardware vendor can include utilities to display various options but this requires specific access to the hardware and knowledge of specific real addresses in the BIOS - often different for each vendor. Windows has specific standard API's for defined BIOS functions only and obviously will try and prevent user programs from accessing real physical memory directly for all sorts of reasons such as security etc.

    If you give programs direct memory access and even CMOS access you could open yourself to all sorts of possible attacks which your bog standard virus prevention software would be powerless to prevent.

    I think therefore Windows isn't going to give this info out as a general rule --it's up to the Computer manufacturere to provide utilitties for this.

    Re-booting Windows isn't a particularly lengthy or onerus process so I can't see what's wrong with just going directly to the BIOS itself to get the info.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7.    #17

    its an ASUS, I found a Boot on RTC (Real Time Clock) , I enabled it, set it to everyday at 9AM; however it did not boot
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  8.    #18

    re: not booting on RTC

    I don't know if this is relevant to your case but there is an older thread which says that to enable Boot on RTC, faststartup should be disabled in Windows first (ie Windows ha to be fully shutdown).

    BIOS startup not happening Solved - Windows 10 Forums
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  9.    #19

    das10 said: View Post
    re: not booting on RTC

    I don't know if this is relevant to your case but there is an older thread which says that to enable Boot on RTC, faststartup should be disabled in Windows first (ie Windows ha to be fully shutdown).

    BIOS startup not happening Solved - Windows 10 Forums
    but its windows XP dont think fast startup was even invented yet
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  10.    #20

    Oh sorry !
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