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BIOS Configuration Utility (BCU)

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Type: Software - System Management
Version: 2.60 Rev. 3(11 Dec 2012)
Operating System(s): Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Business (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit)
File name: sp58888.exe (3.1 MB)
This package contains a utility used to manage BIOS settings and BIOS password for supported models running a supported operating system.
Version 2.60.2.1
- Added support for comment lines in configuration file.
- Added short command line parameters /Get and /Set equivalent to /GetConfig and /SetConfig respectively.
- Added /SetDefaults option to set the system BIOS settings to preset defaults.
/GetConfig or /SetConfig options are ignored if specified with /SetDefaults.
- Added installer which copies the utility(both 32 and 64 bit) to program files folder and creates a link to

Version 2.50.3.1
- Added WinPE 64 bit support
- Added 32bit/64bit Windows 8 support
- Released as a separate softpaq
- Created BCU User?s Guide
- BCU defers reading Password classes in WMI until absolutely needed to avoid a BCU failure when encountering corrupt Password classes.
- Added support for ':', '"', '?' characters in passwords
TITLE: BIOS Configuration Utility (BCU)

VERSION: 2.60 Rev. 3
DESCRIPTION:
This package contains a utility used to manage BIOS settings and BIOS password for supported models running a supported operating system.

PURPOSE: Recommended
SOFTPAQ NUMBER: SP58888
SUPERSEDES: SP57256
CATEGORY: Software - System Management
SSM SUPPORTED: Yes

PRODUCT TYPE(S):
Desktops
Notebooks
Workstations

HARDWARE PRODUCT MODEL(S):
HP Compaq 8080 Elite Convertible Minitower PC
HP Compaq Pro 6300 Microtower PC
HP Compaq Pro 6305 Microtower PC
HP rp5800 Retail System
HP Z210 Convertible Minitower Workstation
HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One PC
HP Compaq 8100 Elite Convertible Minitower PC
HP Compaq 8100 Elite Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq 8180 Elite Convertible Microtower PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Microtower PC
HP Compaq Pro 4300 All-in-One PC
HP Compaq Pro 6300 Small Form Factor PC
HP Z210 Small Form Factor Workstation
HP Z620 Workstation
HP Compaq 6200 Pro Microtower PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Convertible Minitower PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq Pro 6305 Small Form Factor PC
HP MultiSeat ms6200 Desktop
HP Z1 Workstation
HP Z820 Workstation
HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim Desktop PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-slim PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Ultra-slim PC
HP Compaq 6080 Pro Microtower PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 All-in-One PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Microtower PC
HP Compaq Pro 6300 All-in-One PC
HP SignagePlayer mp8000r
HP SignagePlayer mp8000s
HP SignagePlayer mp8200
HP Z600 Workstation
HP Compaq 6200 Pro Small Form Factor PC
HP SignagePlayer mp8200s
HP Z200 Small Form Factor Workstation
HP Z420 Workstation
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Convertible Minitower PC

SOFTWARE PRODUCT(S):
None

OPERATING SYSTEM(S):
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Home Basic
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Home Basic
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

LANGUAGE(S):
Global

ENHANCEMENTS:
Version 2.60.2.1
- Added support for comment lines in configuration file.
- Added short command line parameters /Get and /Set equivalent to /GetConfig and /SetConfig respectively.
- Added /SetDefaults option to set the system BIOS settings to preset defaults.
/GetConfig or /SetConfig options are ignored if specified with /SetDefaults.
- Added installer which copies the utility(both 32 and 64 bit) to program files folder and creates a link to

Version 2.50.3.1
- Added WinPE 64 bit support
- Added 32bit/64bit Windows 8 support
- Released as a separate softpaq
- Created BCU User?s Guide
- BCU defers reading Password classes in WMI until absolutely needed to avoid a BCU failure when encountering corrupt Password classes.
- Added support for ':', '"', '?' characters in passwords

FIXES:
Version 2.60.3.1
- Fixed error when calling /Setdefaults with password set
Version 2.50.3.1
- In /verbose mode, when reporting the success of each setting change, BCU now uses the return value from the BIOS call.
Previously BCU read back the setting value and compared it to previous value to decide if it was successfully changed. This created problems sometimes when the setting value does not take effect immediately but needs a reboot.
- Fixed a bug where BCU was missing the last setting in /Getconfig.
- BCU now reports the return value of BIOS call in /verbose mode when reporting success of each setting change.
Prior versions attempted to re-read settings for confirmation which could report false failure for a setting requiring a reboot prior to completion. This is a change in the BCU reporting method. BCU will now report success or failure of the request made to BIOS. Any changes requiring a reboot must still occur before the change takes effect.

PREREQUISITES:
N/A

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
N/A


Copyright (c) 2012 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Version 2.60.3.1
- Fixed error when calling /Setdefaults with password set
Version 2.50.3.1
- In /verbose mode, when reporting the success of each setting change, BCU now uses the return value from the BIOS call.
Previously BCU read back the setting value and compared it to previous value to decide if it was successfully changed. This created problems sometimes when the setting value does not take effect immediately but needs a reboot.
- Fixed a bug where BCU was missing the last setting in /Getconfig.
- BCU now reports the return value of BIOS call in /verbose mode when reporting success of each setting change.
Prior versions attempted to re-read settings for confirmation which could report false failure for a setting requiring a reboot prior to completion. This is a change in the BCU reporting method. BCU will now report success or failure of the request made to BIOS. Any changes requiring a reboot must still occur before the change takes effect.
Version:2.60 Rev. 3 (11 Dec 2012)
Fixes
Version 2.60.3.1
- Fixed error when calling /Setdefaults with password set
Version 2.50.3.1
- In /verbose mode, when reporting the success of each setting change, BCU now uses the return value from the BIOS call.
Previously BCU read back the setting value and compared it to previous value to decide if it was successfully changed. This created problems sometimes when the setting value does not take effect immediately but needs a reboot.
- Fixed a bug where BCU was missing the last setting in /Getconfig.
- BCU now reports the return value of BIOS call in /verbose mode when reporting success of each setting change.
Prior versions attempted to re-read settings for confirmation which could report false failure for a setting requiring a reboot prior to completion. This is a change in the BCU reporting method. BCU will now report success or failure of the request made to BIOS. Any changes requiring a reboot must still occur before the change takes effect.
Enhancements
Version 2.60.2.1
- Added support for comment lines in configuration file.
- Added short command line parameters /Get and /Set equivalent to /GetConfig and /SetConfig respectively.
- Added /SetDefaults option to set the system BIOS settings to preset defaults.
/GetConfig or /SetConfig options are ignored if specified with /SetDefaults.
- Added installer which copies the utility(both 32 and 64 bit) to program files folder and creates a link to

Version 2.50.3.1
- Added WinPE 64 bit support
- Added 32bit/64bit Windows 8 support
- Released as a separate softpaq
- Created BCU User?s Guide
- BCU defers reading Password classes in WMI until absolutely needed to avoid a BCU failure when encountering corrupt Password classes.
- Added support for ':', '"', '?' characters in passwords

Version:2.50 Rev. 3 (9 Aug 2012)
Enhancements
Split from SSM for customer clarity, Win8 compliance, and 64-bit functionality.
- Added 64 bit support
- Released as a separate softpaq from System Software Manager
- Created BCU User's Guide


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Type: Software - System Management
Version: 2.60 Rev. 3(11 Dec 2012)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Business (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit)

Description

This package contains a utility used to manage BIOS settings and BIOS password for supported models running a supported operating system.

Enhancements

Version 2.60.2.1
- Added support for comment lines in configuration file.
- Added short command line parameters /Get and /Set equivalent to /GetConfig and /SetConfig respectively.
- Added /SetDefaults option to set the system BIOS settings to preset defaults.
/GetConfig or /SetConfig options are ignored if specified with /SetDefaults.
- Added installer which copies the utility(both 32 and 64 bit) to program files folder and creates a link to

Version 2.50.3.1
- Added WinPE 64 bit support
- Added 32bit/64bit Windows 8 support
- Released as a separate softpaq
- Created BCU User?s Guide
- BCU defers reading Password classes in WMI until absolutely needed to avoid a BCU failure when encountering corrupt Password classes.
- Added support for ':', '"', '?' characters in passwords

Release Notes

TITLE: BIOS Configuration Utility (BCU)

VERSION: 2.60 Rev. 3
DESCRIPTION:
This package contains a utility used to manage BIOS settings and BIOS password for supported models running a supported operating system.

PURPOSE: Recommended
SOFTPAQ NUMBER: SP58888
SUPERSEDES: SP57256
CATEGORY: Software - System Management
SSM SUPPORTED: Yes

PRODUCT TYPE(S):
Desktops
Notebooks
Workstations

HARDWARE PRODUCT MODEL(S):
HP Compaq 8080 Elite Convertible Minitower PC
HP Compaq Pro 6300 Microtower PC
HP Compaq Pro 6305 Microtower PC
HP rp5800 Retail System
HP Z210 Convertible Minitower Workstation
HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One PC
HP Compaq 8100 Elite Convertible Minitower PC
HP Compaq 8100 Elite Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq 8180 Elite Convertible Microtower PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Microtower PC
HP Compaq Pro 4300 All-in-One PC
HP Compaq Pro 6300 Small Form Factor PC
HP Z210 Small Form Factor Workstation
HP Z620 Workstation
HP Compaq 6200 Pro Microtower PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Convertible Minitower PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq Pro 6305 Small Form Factor PC
HP MultiSeat ms6200 Desktop
HP Z1 Workstation
HP Z820 Workstation
HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim Desktop PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-slim PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Ultra-slim PC
HP Compaq 6080 Pro Microtower PC
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Small Form Factor PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 All-in-One PC
HP Compaq Elite 8300 Microtower PC
HP Compaq Pro 6300 All-in-One PC
HP SignagePlayer mp8000r
HP SignagePlayer mp8000s
HP SignagePlayer mp8200
HP Z600 Workstation
HP Compaq 6200 Pro Small Form Factor PC
HP SignagePlayer mp8200s
HP Z200 Small Form Factor Workstation
HP Z420 Workstation
HP Compaq 8200 Elite Convertible Minitower PC

SOFTWARE PRODUCT(S):
None

OPERATING SYSTEM(S):
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Home Basic
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Home Basic
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

LANGUAGE(S):
Global

ENHANCEMENTS:
Version 2.60.2.1
- Added support for comment lines in configuration file.
- Added short command line parameters /Get and /Set equivalent to /GetConfig and /SetConfig respectively.
- Added /SetDefaults option to set the system BIOS settings to preset defaults.
/GetConfig or /SetConfig options are ignored if specified with /SetDefaults.
- Added installer which copies the utility(both 32 and 64 bit) to program files folder and creates a link to

Version 2.50.3.1
- Added WinPE 64 bit support
- Added 32bit/64bit Windows 8 support
- Released as a separate softpaq
- Created BCU User?s Guide
- BCU defers reading Password classes in WMI until absolutely needed to avoid a BCU failure when encountering corrupt Password classes.
- Added support for ':', '"', '?' characters in passwords

FIXES:
Version 2.60.3.1
- Fixed error when calling /Setdefaults with password set
Version 2.50.3.1
- In /verbose mode, when reporting the success of each setting change, BCU now uses the return value from the BIOS call.
Previously BCU read back the setting value and compared it to previous value to decide if it was successfully changed. This created problems sometimes when the setting value does not take effect immediately but needs a reboot.
- Fixed a bug where BCU was missing the last setting in /Getconfig.
- BCU now reports the return value of BIOS call in /verbose mode when reporting success of each setting change.
Prior versions attempted to re-read settings for confirmation which could report false failure for a setting requiring a reboot prior to completion. This is a change in the BCU reporting method. BCU will now report success or failure of the request made to BIOS. Any changes requiring a reboot must still occur before the change takes effect.

PREREQUISITES:
N/A

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
N/A


Copyright (c) 2012 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

Fixes

Version 2.60.3.1
- Fixed error when calling /Setdefaults with password set
Version 2.50.3.1
- In /verbose mode, when reporting the success of each setting change, BCU now uses the return value from the BIOS call.
Previously BCU read back the setting value and compared it to previous value to decide if it was successfully changed. This created problems sometimes when the setting value does not take effect immediately but needs a reboot.
- Fixed a bug where BCU was missing the last setting in /Getconfig.
- BCU now reports the return value of BIOS call in /verbose mode when reporting success of each setting change.
Prior versions attempted to re-read settings for confirmation which could report false failure for a setting requiring a reboot prior to completion. This is a change in the BCU reporting method. BCU will now report success or failure of the request made to BIOS. Any changes requiring a reboot must still occur before the change takes effect.

Revision History

Version:2.60 Rev. 3 (11 Dec 2012)
Fixes
Version 2.60.3.1
- Fixed error when calling /Setdefaults with password set
Version 2.50.3.1
- In /verbose mode, when reporting the success of each setting change, BCU now uses the return value from the BIOS call.
Previously BCU read back the setting value and compared it to previous value to decide if it was successfully changed. This created problems sometimes when the setting value does not take effect immediately but needs a reboot.
- Fixed a bug where BCU was missing the last setting in /Getconfig.
- BCU now reports the return value of BIOS call in /verbose mode when reporting success of each setting change.
Prior versions attempted to re-read settings for confirmation which could report false failure for a setting requiring a reboot prior to completion. This is a change in the BCU reporting method. BCU will now report success or failure of the request made to BIOS. Any changes requiring a reboot must still occur before the change takes effect.
Enhancements
Version 2.60.2.1
- Added support for comment lines in configuration file.
- Added short command line parameters /Get and /Set equivalent to /GetConfig and /SetConfig respectively.
- Added /SetDefaults option to set the system BIOS settings to preset defaults.
/GetConfig or /SetConfig options are ignored if specified with /SetDefaults.
- Added installer which copies the utility(both 32 and 64 bit) to program files folder and creates a link to

Version 2.50.3.1
- Added WinPE 64 bit support
- Added 32bit/64bit Windows 8 support
- Released as a separate softpaq
- Created BCU User?s Guide
- BCU defers reading Password classes in WMI until absolutely needed to avoid a BCU failure when encountering corrupt Password classes.
- Added support for ':', '"', '?' characters in passwords

Version:2.50 Rev. 3 (9 Aug 2012)
Enhancements
Split from SSM for customer clarity, Win8 compliance, and 64-bit functionality.
- Added 64 bit support
- Released as a separate softpaq from System Software Manager
- Created BCU User's Guide