(HP 15-f039wm) Laptop won't update BIOS. SOLVED!
Laptop is currently running BIOS F.03 and Windows 8.1. I downloaded the most current BIOS (F.42rA) available here:
It shows up as an EXE file. Running it puts a typical HP “SWSetup” folder on the drive with the appropriate bits inside. About a minute after running the downloaded EXE, the utility runs. I have the option of updating the BIOS so I do so. It goes through a “copying” motion then tells me I need to restart, along with a restart button. I click it and the computer restarts — way too quickly for a BIOS update to have been performed. I get to the desktop, shut down, and start up again to get into the BIOS, and sure enough it’s still on F.03.
The updater utility (InsydeFlash.exe) also claims to have the ability to create a bootable USB drive to flash the BIOS of a corrupted machine. I ran through that process but the USB drive isn’t bootable; there’s just a couple of folders containing what are theoretically the BIOS update files.
I have tried resetting the BIOS to its default settings, cleaning the hard drive, replacing the hard drive, clean-installing Windows 8.1, AND clean-installing Windows 10. Nothing works. What’s the trick to getting this laptop to update its BIOS?
UPDATE: I tried downloading other versions of the BIOS and they all do the same thing — EXCEPT for the F.02 updater. I took the risk and tried it, even though I knew it would be a downgrade from the F.03 I was already running. This one ACTUALLY FLASHED the BIOS. I’m now running F.02. Sadly, however, HP doesn’t even offer an F.03 for download so now I’m downgraded and STILL don’t have a solution.
UPDATE 2: Solution found; see below.
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