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How Access the BIOS without turning the PC off.

Hi, can anyone tell me how and if i can access the BIOS interface without actually turning the machine off?

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Erk333Commented:
you can check version information and run updates with many motherboard utilities from windows but modifying BIOS settings requires a reboot with all hardware and OS's that i know of.
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johnb6767Commented:
Trying to get information? Or set settigns?

Settings settings, no, cant do. Retrieving certain information? Some apps can do that, depending on what you are needing to find.....
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You can get various BIOS information from the OS (generally WMI), but generally you cannot interface with it to make changes without booting directly to it.  This may vary ... Dell, for example, (only on specific servers) allows you to change BIOS settings from their management software designed to interface with the BIOS, but many of the settings (not all) still require a reboot before the change is effective.  I doubt information on accessing the BIOS outside of their management software or for any other purpose would be available anywhere.
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louisreevesCommented:
Dell OMCI Is a good way to update the bios.
http://develnet.blogspot.com/2006/07/deploying-bios-update-to-dell-systems.html

This can bu used With a deployment script. IT can also be used wirth Software like SCCM Microsoft system center configuration manager:

http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Dell+BIOS+Upgrades+for+Enterprise+Clients+with+Microsoft+System+Center+Configuration+Manager+2007

Look at the two links and this will put you in the right direction. You will have to contact Dell support if you need help with break fix. However, the Dell Tech center is a great help if you need assistance with deployment.

Cheers
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Infinate_Author Commented:
Thanks guys!
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