It seems that the A02 BIOS for Optiplex 760 is flawed, and pretty much incapable of running windows 7. The K2 doesn't seem to be a great way of updating the BIOS seeing as the PE is based off of windows 7, and so I was wondering how to otherwise install Dell BIOS updates?

EDIT:
I created a windows PE bootable USB and executed the file O760-A08.EXE as suggested here: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails/DriverFileFormats?c=&l=&s=&cs=&DriverId=R277162#3DOS

When I restarted the computer, the initial splash page indicated the system was still A02. What am I missing?

Update:
I was able to have more success by getting the .wim for windows PE 2.0. The Vista version.

A13 is actually the latest version.
http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/555/DriverDetails/DriverFileFormats?DriverId=R310689

I boot to PE and run the executable. It prompts asking if I would like to replace A02 with A13. I say yes. It lets me know that it is going to replace it and reboot. I say sure, yes thank you.

After the popup windows go away, I am back at the cmd prompt with nothing else happening. The computer does not restart. This seems a bit troubling as I would expect the computer to actually restart.

If I manually restart, I find that it does indeed try to upgrade the BIOS with the message "Attempting BIOS update -- this may take up to 10 minutes"

One attempt took about 20 minutes, is says:

BIOS Update Failed!
ME Firmware Update Successful

Could Not find the firmware image in memory.

I tried a different BIOS version with the same results. I have no idea what is going on here.
Answer Summary:
I used the CCTK to modify a Vista PE. I put that PE on a flash drive and booted to it. I executed the O760-A13.exe file from the command prompt, clicked ok twice. I then closed the cmd prompt window. I stepped away for a moment, and when I came back I found that it had indeed upgraded the BIOS to A13. I will be attempting to replicate this as we get more 760s in, but this seems to be workable enough.
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I used the CCTK to modify a Vista PE. I put that PE on a flash drive and booted to it. I executed the O760-A13.exe file from the command prompt, clicked ok twice. I then closed the cmd prompt window.

I stepped away for a moment, and when I came back I found that it had indeed upgraded the BIOS to A13. I will be attempting to replicate this as we get more 760s in, but this seems to be workable enough.
Answered 03/29/2012 by: muebel
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Another option is to create a bootable USB drive and boot to DOS.  The BIOS update package you've got should update the BIOS in DOS.

Also, if you happen to have a K1000 it will update your Dell systems as long as they are supported in the feed.

Answered 12/19/2012 by: dmaximoff
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Try placing the bios update pack into \\IPOFK2\petemp then boot machine into KBE go to Recovery > Command Prompt > Change Drive Letter to t: > Execute the .exe
Answered 03/28/2012 by: scriptingninja
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  • I have done that. The .exe runs without any message or error. When I restart I find that the BIOS is still set to A02
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after many atempts using usb floppy and all types of pre installation and linux,,, TRY switching out your ram. took ram out of dimm1 and it worked beutifuly.

if i had seen that as a suggestion I would have saved a few hours

Answered 06/20/2013 by: jackthejerk
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I've had some success with pre install or post install tasks and if not I've done them manually prior to the K2 building the system.
Answered 03/28/2012 by: ckubaska
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