Windows Update Pushing Dell Firmware Install Error - Is a Reboot Safe?

  1. Maidvelia's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home (v21H1)
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    Windows Update Pushing Dell Firmware Install Error - Is a Reboot Safe?




    I have messed with BIOS updates only once before when going from Windows 7 to 10 and I bricked a motherboard in the process. I did not want to have to go through that again.

    Now Windows Update is pushing a Dell firmware upgrade. Well I couldn't stop anything since Windows 10 has it automated.

    Got an error code in the process, I'm scared to reboot now. What should I do?
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  2. Posts : 258
    Windows 10 Pro
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    A reboot should be fine mate as they suggest they didnt install.

    Probs best to do the windows update first and then the firmware after :)

    if you struggle with the feature update there is already a thread on this also.
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  3. Maidvelia's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home (v21H1)
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    The feature update installed itself after an hour during a nap and the reboot worked. Monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. were detected on boot. After the 1803 update finished though, I no longer got a notification about the BIOS update.

    Upon further research the BIOS update was a part of the Spectre patches Intel put out for their CPUs. I heard those patches take a hit on the CPU performance so I've been trying to avoid them to be honest.

    This isn't the right section for talking about Spectre though so I'll make a separate topic/post for that. I'm curious about how big the hits are for video editing, photo editing, gaming, and streaming. If they're indistinguishable I'll gladly update.
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  5. EdTittel's Avatar
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    Try Dell SupportAssist and let it detect your hardware. If it agrees you need a firmware update, you can let it install it for you instead. Dell is usually spot on, when it comes to sussing out drivers for its systems. I use it all the time on my Dell Venue Pro 11, my Dell XPS 12, and my Dell XPS 2720.
    HTH,
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