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Check BIOS version without booting Windows 2000/XP Dell Optiplex GX 240

Is there a way to check the hardware BIOS version without booting on a Dell Optiplex GX 240 running Windows 2000 or XP? I need to check a lot of them and closing all applications and rebooting is too much of an imposition on users, and takes too much time.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi esc_toe_account,

Assuming you have problems with rebooting the computer every time you have to check bios versions.
Use a utility like AIDA32 (http://www.aida32.hu) to be able to do it from within windows.

Greetings,

LucF
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Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
www.aida32.hu is closed as of Monday.  You may still be able to find Aida32 somewhere.  But try CPU-Z, it's free and does the job.

http://www.cpuid.com/
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
asyscokid,
That's some bad news... :(
I liked Aida, and I still have it here in case someone is interested.
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esc_toe_accountAuthor Commented:
I have AIDA but installation also takes too much time for all workstations. I think we may have another network audit software already installed, I will check that.

Too bad about AIDA, but at least Lavalys, who hired AIDA developer Tamás Miklós, offers their new product EVEREST free in a Home Edition--a system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking tool.
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joelrobCommented:
Sandra from SiSoft will also do this and many other things as well. They have a freeware version with limited functionality and a professional version with many more features. You can download it here:

http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir=dload&location=sware_dl_x86&langx=en&a=
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esc_toe_accountAuthor Commented:
I'm looking for a time saver--note that I said rebooting takes too much time on a fast computer--just a spot to click, click and read the BIOS version without otherwise imposing on users.

Hence, other options that take as long or longer as rebooting (such as installing software) are also not an option.
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ahmedbahgatCommented:
view the system information will show you the bios version, that is the fastest you can get

under 2000  <Start><Programs><Accessories><System Tools>
under xp      <Start><All Programs><Accessories><System Tools>

and you will see the bios version and date there.

cheers
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Don_LongCommented:
ahmedbahgat's solution didn't work for me on W2K.  The <System Information> menu item was missing.
What did work was <Start><Run><msinfo32>
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akoluchCommented:
Dell makes a Client Configuration Utility Manager (DCCU) that will look at every PC remotely and then change any settings you want to in the BIOS, remotely.

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