Now, you’ll need a test machine of the right type to get a BIOS configuration from.You could in theory specify the configuration file from scratch, but that would take a while.

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I’ve started with our most popular models, the HP Pro Book 6470b/6570b.

Fortunately, apart from their screen size, they are almost completely identical, which makes the job a lot easier.

The first thing we’ll need to do is take care of the prerequisites and the downloads, so we’ve got all the files required to complete the work.

Extract the HP System Software Manager download and install it.

You’ll then have to browse to either “%Program Files(x86)%\Hewlett-Packard\System Software Manager”, or “%Program Files%\Hewlett-Packard\System Software Manager” to find “”.

The files you need are in here: If you run Hpq Pswd.exe, it will ask you for the BIOS password you wish to encrypt into a “.bin” file.Enter your BIOS password, then save the file somewhere useful, as this we will use this later to as the credential for configuring/updating the BIOS.First of all, we’ll get the BIOS configuration working and we’ll do the BIOS update second.This may sound backwards, but it simplifies things if you will be imaging a mix of factory fresh and pre-provisioned machines.This is because we’ll be setting the BIOS password in the configuration stage and putting the logic there to deal with whether the machine already has a password set.This means when we come to the BIOS flash, we can just run the tool in a straightforward way.