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Instructions for iFlash BIOS Files


Last Reviewed: 28-Jan-2017
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Instructions for iFlash BIOS files

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The iFlash BIOS Update BIOS files can update the BIOS from a bootable CD-ROM, bootable USB flash drive, or other bootable USB media. This download also provides the necessary files for Intel® Integrator Toolkit.

See other BIOS update methods.

All BIOS update files for Intel® Desktop Boards are available from the Intel Download Center.

iFlash2 update with CD-ROM or USB device
Use this method if the files are too large to fit on a disk or if the desktop board does not include disk drive support. You need a CD or a USB device, such as a USB flash drive thumb or external hard drive.

  1. Download and save the IFlash BIOS Files to a temporary directory.

    Download and save the IFlash BIOS

  2. Double-click the *.ZIP to extract necessary files.

  3. Copy the .BIO file and IFLASH2.EXE to a bootable CD or USB device.

    Copy the .BIO file and IFLASH2.EXE

  4. Boot the target computer to DOS.

  5. At the appropriate directory prompt for the CD-ROM drive or USB flash drive, type IFLASH /pf XXX.BIO /rb (where XXX.BIO is the file name) to launch the BIOS update process. Follow all prompts.

Creating a bootable USB device
Making a USB flash device into a bootable drive is not as simple as creating bootable disks. See the documentation provided by the manufacturer of your USB device on how to create a bootable USB device. Additionally, check any of the following websites for tips on creating bootable USB devices. Intel is unable to help with the creation of bootable devices.

You can also search for other resources on the web for creating bootable USB devices. Search for “How to create bootable USB drives."

Creating a bootable CD
Creating a bootable CD is not as simple as creating bootable disks. Check any of the following websites for tips on creating bootable CDs. Intel is unable to assist with the creation of bootable devices.

You can also search for more resources on the web for creating bootable CDs. Search for  “How to create a bootable CD."

Note
  • Update the BIOS on your computer only if the newer BIOS version specifically solves a problem you have. Intel does not recommend BIOS updates for computers that do not need it. You can view all BIOS changes in the Release Notes included on the BIOS download page in Download Center.
  • Downgrading the BIOS to an earlier version is not recommended and not be supported. An earlier BIOS version might not contain the support for the latest processors, bug fixes, critical security updates, or support the latest board revisions currently manufactured.
  • Before initiating a BIOS update, be sure to read and precisely follow the instructions included in this document. You can print the instructions for easy reference and record all BIOS settings changes.
  • All images in the examples used in the instructions are for illustration purposes only. You need to select the correct BIOS files for your desktop board.
  • If a BIOS update process is interrupted, your computer might not function properly. Intel suggests that the process be done in an environment with a steady power supply (preferably with UPS). If you have system issues after updating your BIOS version, see Troubleshooting BIOS Issues.

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