12 Updating software
Updated versions of the software provided with your computer may be available on the HP Web site.
Most software and BIOS updates on the HP Web site are packaged in compressed files called
Some download packages contain a file named Readme.txt, which contains information regarding
installing and troubleshooting the file.
To update the software, follow these steps, which are explained in the remainder of this guide:
1. Identify your computer model, product category, and series or family. Prepare for a system BIOS
update by identifying the BIOS version currently installed on the computer.
If your computer is connected to a network, consult the network administrator before installing any
software updates, especially system BIOS updates.
NOTE: The computer system BIOS is stored on the system ROM. The BIOS initializes the
operating system, determines how the computer will interact with the hardware devices, and
provides for data transfer among hardware devices, including the time and date.
2. Access the updates on the HP Web site at http://www.hp.com.
3. Install the updates.
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