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[–]cwsink 50 points51 points  (0 children)

It probably means Lenovo Vantage ran a scheduled check for updates and found a new BIOS. I think it's smart to not automatically trust unexpected dialogs that want to perform updates, though. Assuming you have the Lenovo Vantage app installed and your computer is actually a Lenovo I'd recommend running the app and checking for updates manually. It's usually a good idea to apply any updates the Lenovo Vantage app has available.

[–]KingKreeper17[S] 21 points22 points  (12 children)

Update: So I have posted this on r/Lenovo as well, and they are saying it is legit as well, so I have decided to run the updater. While I was reading info it was giving me, it gave me this unclear step, "Please load default in BIOS setup menu before executing this program."

I have a feeling that it wants me to reset to the default BIOS settings, but I want to make sure since this is unclear.

[–]bejoe905 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Yes, it's prompting you to reset your BIOS settings to their defaults before running the updater. Why, i couldn't tell you.

[–]lolfactor1000 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I've never had a bios update require default settings to be installed. I've had bios updates erase settings though.

[–]TheCreat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yea that's monumentally stupid. My PC wouldn't boot with default bios settings.

I guess you can also update straight from the bios these days, which is probably less hassle.

[–]beabeaayyte 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sometimes whatever custom settings you've put the firmware in would place the firmware into an unrecoverable state after a flash from Windows. Flashing is likely only tested against the Defaults and only known to work against the Defaults.

I ran into this warning for my EVGA board and didn't heed it, I lost a BIOS chip as a result as it no longer responds to anything. Fortunately I have one more chip on the board to fall back on.

[–]taakesinn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most BIOS updaters I've come across do this by default (with the exception of passwords and IME/remote settings). Some will make your machine halt at boot and tell you to hit F1 or Del, then prompts you to save the new settings upon reboot.

[–]gregsaw 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When in doubt, go to their website and find the latest update and install it from that.

[–]fluxxis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've done bios updates on lenovo ThinkPads for years and never had to reset anything. Only thing I could imaging is that you have activated some encryption / security feature that can't be updated as long as active?

[–]as1126 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Might be related to Meltdown or Spectre. I know many vendors are releasing updates.

[–]Tonoxis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can confirm, likely the patch handling them. My SO's Lenovo laptop did this the other day for the same reason. Actually reminds me, I need to check mine, I have almost none of Lenovo's support applications installed xD

[–]Zingo_sodapop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes meltdown need a bios upgrade to be patched (or was it spectre, can't remember now). Just understand that doing so the computer will work more slowly on an older model and that the flaw is not easy to exploit.

Personally, I didn't do the bios upgrade. I have an older processor and I need all the performance I can get.

[–]Froggypwns 5 points6 points  (5 children)

I'm not a fan of programs that prompt you to update as it is not always possible to tell if it is a legitimate message or not.

I would go to Lenovo's site and manually update the BIOS. Or you could just ignore it, I typically recommend not touching the BIOS unless you are troubleshooting an issue.

[–]snacdaws 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I only touch bios updates that either fix an well known issue or fixes a security hole, otherwise i don't touch them as it is possible to brick the motherboard although it is rare

[–]DeusBex 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Unless you're having an issue which the patch notes specifically say they fix, you're right; I wouldn't bother updating the BIOS.

[–]defnotthrown 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I would have usually given the same advice. But with Windows 10 that is not quite so clear anymore. My Lenovo laptops' BIOS stopped windows from successfully booting after one Windows 10 major upgrade. After installing the upgrade, it started working again.

Now, to be fair it was an old N581 and Lenovo explicitly said that it didn't support Windows 10. But still, it showed me that Win 10 upgrades sometime can require firmware updates to keep working.

I guess your advice is still right, upgrading the BIOS without having the issue would've been sort of silly. But the patchnotes said nothing about Win 10 support. So I guess my only addendum to that would be: keep BIOS/UEFI updates in mind when you face problems with your hardware/software.

[–]DeusBex 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Pretty much it spot-on.

[–]FabianN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You do also have the case of security updates to the CPU/chipset, as mentioned in another comment thread. Those are issues that you will never notice until it's too late but you'd still want to get patched.

[–]satysin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you have a Lenovo laptop with Lenovo Vantage installed then yes.

[–]lector57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

yes, click ok

[–]abaymajr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some weeks ago a new BIOS release for my Dell laptop appeared on Windows update 10 days BEFORE the Dell site itself.

[–]Reddituser703 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. I get these on my thinkpad

[–]HS199401 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

you better pray this isn't adware lol