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

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


    Is there any way to check if a computers bios has a "power on automatically on a schedule" option based on its System Model alone? I cant get to the physical computer in question to check for myself because its in another county, and I wouldn't want to go there and find out there is no "power on automatically" option in bios.
    But I can access the windows desktop of that computer, and see its System Information, so is there any way I can check bios options solely based on the system information?

    [if I could have someone check for me, I wouldn't be asking for alternative methods]
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  2. Posts : 25,055
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #2

    The ability to view most BIOS settings from Windows is vendor specific.
    And then for each vendor the ability to view is available by model.

    So if you communicate with the computer or motherboard manufacturer they may have this information.

    HP has software that can be installed on some business models where the end user can view many BIOS settings and then modify the settings without having to open the BIOS.
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    zbook said: View Post
    The ability to view most BIOS settings from Windows is vendor specific.
    And then for each vendor the ability to view is available by model.

    So if you communicate with the computer or motherboard manufacturer they may have this information.

    HP has software that can be installed on some business models where the end user can view many BIOS settings and then modify the settings without having to open the BIOS.
    so in other words "get the version info first, then ask" ?
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  4. Posts : 25,055
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #4

    Both HP and Lenovo have the information by model.
    HP has software: Performance Advisor
    Lenovo has administrative command prompt commands.

    There is a log collector in the Ten Forums BSOD forum.
    If BIOS information was readily available it could be part of the log collection.
    Since it is vendor and model specific it could not become part of the log collection.

    So for each computer or motherboard manufacturer use the respective forum or contact information.
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    zbook said: View Post
    Both HP and Lenovo have the information by model.
    HP has software: Performance Advisor
    Lenovo has administrative command prompt commands.

    There is a log collector in the Ten Forums BSOD forum.
    If BIOS information was readily available it could be part of the log collection.
    Since it is vendor and model specific it could not become part of the log collection.

    So for each computer or motherboard manufacturer use the respective forum or contact information.
    what about DELL?
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  6. Posts : 25,055
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #6

    For Dell it is likely that there are commands or software by model.
    Please make an inquiry.
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    Dell's UEFI setup utility is called CCTK, part of the "Command | Configure" package. It might only work on Dell's business models. I've also never seen a "power on automatically on a schedule" option.

    Code:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Command Configure\X86_64>cctk --WakeOnLan
    WakeOnLan=Disabled
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  8. Posts : 25,055
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #8

    These are examples of some options for HP and Lenovo (ThinkPad):


    This is the software that can be used on specific HP computer models to modify BIOS settings without opening the BIOS:
    http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/getpdf....a1-8702enw.pdf

    These are administrative powershell commands that can be used on specific Lenovo models:
    Lenovo BIOS powershell commands:
    https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/m..._deploy_01.pdf
    See page 13:

    Code:
    Appendix B. Sample PowerShell commands The following PowerShell commands are examples that can be used as-is or modified for your particular environment or requirements. Get all current BIOS settings Use the following command as a template to display all current BIOS settings: gwmi -class Lenovo_BiosSetting -namespace root\wmi | ForEach-Object {if ($_.CurrentSetting -ne "") {Write-Host $_.CurrentSetting.replace(","," = ")}} Show a particular BIOS setting Use the following command as a template to display a particular BIOS setting: gwmi -class Lenovo_BiosSetting -namespace root\wmi | Where-Object {$_.CurrentSetting.split(",",[StringSplitOptions]::RemoveEmptyEntries) -eq "WakeOnLAN"} | Format-List CurrentSetting Get all possible values for a particular BIOS setting Use the following command as a template to display all possible values for a particular BIOS setting: (gwmi –class Lenovo_GetBiosSelections –namespace root\wmi).GetBiosSelections("WakeOnLAN") | Format-List Selections Set a BIOS setting Use the following command as a template to set the value of a setting. This is a two-step process: set and then save.  Note: The setting string is case sensitive and should be in the format "<item>,<value>". (gwmi -class Lenovo_SetBiosSetting –namespace root\wmi).SetBiosSetting("WakeOnLAN,Disable")(gwmi -class Lenovo_SaveBiosSettings -namespace root\wmi).SaveBiosSettings() Set a BIOS setting when a supervisor password exists Use the following command as a template to set the value of a setting when a supervisor password exists.  This is a two-step process:  set and then save.  Note: The setting string is case sensitive and should be in the format "<item>,<value>,<password + encoding>". (gwmi -class Lenovo_SetBiosSetting –namespace root\wmi).SetBiosSetting("WakeOnLAN,Disable,password,ascii,us")(gwmi -class Lenovo_SaveBiosSettings -namespace root\wmi).SaveBiosSettings("password,ascii,us”
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    Hi folks

    "Seemples" !!!!

    @RetratsRevo

    @zbook

    @PolarNettles



    Use the Powershell from within windows : Get-ComputerInfo

    I'm using a VM but it shows all the BIOS info -- works on a real Machine too. Don't be scarec of using the command line when you need to !!!!

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    If you prefer using a GUI simply create a 1 line file (doesn't matter what's in it) with notepad and save it as a .nfo file. Then in windows explorer double click the file, ignore system info is unable to open this file and the system info appears as shown

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    I prefer using command line but take your choce !!!!


    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. Posts : 25,055
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #10

    jimbo45,

    Some of the BIOS information can be viewed and modified using HP software.
    For example: modify legacy or UEFI boot order, enable or disable secure boot, etc.

    Not yet using VM.

    The get-computerinfo command didn't display any BIOS information using Windows 10 without VM.

    We use a log collector in another forum and it would be useful to have a command to collect BIOS settings that are not already displayed in msinfo32 or dxdiag.
    The commands in the log collector are using powershell.
    If there is a method to use powershell to display other BIOS settings using each Windows and/or Windows RE please comment.
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