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Awdflash.exe is a utility program that helps you to update your BIOS - the code that runs the first moment you boot your PC. It was created by Award Software Inc. to support flashing Award BIOS based data files.

The BIOS code is stored on the motherboards on Flash chips since its introduction in 1993.

Award Software Inc. started working on the Award Flasher in 1993. The first versions only supported the Intel 28F010 flash chips. During that time almost no motherboards featured flashable BIOS chips. In 1994/1995, with the availability of Awdflash 5.x, the core BIOS release of Award BIOS Elite v4.50PG and flash chips on motherboards, the tool became a lot more used.

All these Award Flasher (awdflash) versions are DOS based and can't be run from Windows or other operating systems. The command prompt in Windows will not be sufficient.

Award also released Windows based flashers called Award Winflash. You can find these below.

Please read our How to flash your bios FAQ to correctly use the awdflash or winflash executables.

awdflash - DOS based Award BIOS flasher

Awdflash - DOS based Award BIOS flasher

Awdflash - DOS based Award BIOS flasher

Awdflash version Notes
Awdflash 1.2 Supports VIA486A
Awdflash 3.0 Supports Intel 28F001/BT-X Flash ROM
Awdflash 5.0 Supports MXIC MX28F1000P/12V Flash ROM
Awdflash 5.2B Supports MXIC MX28F1000AP/12V, Atmel AT29C010A /5V Flash ROM, Supports DMI BIOS
Awdflash 5.2C Added safely return to DOS if chip erasing or programming is failed Added new algorithm for recognizing DMI
Awdflash 5.3
Awdflash 5.31 Added /CC=Clear CMOS, /CP=Clear PnP(ESCD), /CD=Clear DMI options Added flash chips AMD 29F002T/5V, SST 29EE020/5V, Atmel 29C020/5V, TI TMS28F020/12V Flash ROMs
Awdflash 5.32 Supports Intel 28F002BX-T/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 5.32B Supports MXIC MX28F2000PPC/12V Flash ROM
Awdflash 5.33 Added message The program file's part number does not match with your system!
Awdflash 5.34 Supports CSI CAT28F002T/12V Flash ROM
Awdflash 5.35A BootBlock protection, Added message BootBlock is protected now, Supports CSI CAT28F001P/12V, MXIC MX28F2000TPC/12V, MXIC 28F002TTC/12V Flash ROMs
Awdflash 5.35B
Awdflash 5.4 Added message The file size does not match
Awdflash 5.5 Supports IM29F002T/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 5.5A
Awdflash 5.6 Added power off ATX form factor motherboards
Awdflash 6.03
Awdflash 6.21 Supports Atmel AT49F001T/5V
Awdflash 6.22 Option /CD=Clean DMI deleted
Awdflash 6.23
Awdflash 6.24
Awdflash 6.25 Added message Unknown Flash Type
Awdflash 6.25A
Awdflash 6.31 Checking AC Power. Supports SST 39SF020 /5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 6.50D
Awdflash 6.6 Added /SD=Save DMI date to file, Added /NS=No source
Awdflash 7.03
Awdflash 7.05 Deleted /HiCD option, checking BIOS integrity
Awdflash 7.07
Awdflash 7.08 Supports SST 39SF010/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.12A Added veryfing checksum /cksXXXX, Added message CheckSum Mismatched
Awdflash 7.13B
Awdflash 7.2 Added /cks=Show update Binfile checksum,Added option /SMI, Supports MXIC MX29F022T/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.21 Supports Winbond W49F002U/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.22 Supports MXIC MX29F004T/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.3 Determination Flash2 type. Now windir is using from environment
Awdflash 7.33
Awdflash 7.37
Awdflash 7.41 Supports M-TEC 29F013CD, 29F023CD Flash ROM, Added message Flash ROM Main Block Protected Please check your hardware
Awdflash 7.52C Added /COUNT option
Awdflash 7.53
Awdflash 7.57
Awdflash 7.58 Supports SST 49LF002/3.3V, SST 49LF004/3.3V,Winbond W49V002/3.3V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.61 Supports ARM35LV020 Flash ROM, added unknown /HIDE option
Awdflash 7.63
Awdflash 7.64
Awdflash 7.65
Awdflash 7.66
Awdflash 7.7 Supports AMIC A29002 Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.71 Supports Hyundai HY29F002/5V, EON EN29F040/5V and V29C51004T/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.72 Supports Great Tek ARF35LV020 and AVF35LV040
Awdflash 7.73
Awdflash 7.75 Supports Winbond W49V002F, SST 49LF004A Flash ROM, Flash Upgrade Utility supports BIOSLock function
Awdflash 7.76A
Awdflash 7.76B Supports SST 49LF002A Firmware Hubs
Awdflash 7.78 Supports SST 28SF040A/5V, Winbond W29C040/5V
Awdflash 7.79
Awdflash 7.8
Awdflash 7.83
Awdflash 7.83M
Awdflash 7.87d
Awdflash 7.88 Supports Megawin MM29F040/5V and SGS-Thomson M50FW040/3V
Awdflash 7.89 Added switch /QI=Qualify flash part number with source file, Supports SST39SF040/5V and AMIC A29040/5V Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.91
Awdflash 7.93
Awdflash 7.95
Awdflash 7.96
Awdflash 7.97 Supports Flash ROM Megawin MM29LF040/3.3V, MXIC MX29F040/5V, SST 49LF020 Flash ROM
Awdflash 7.97A
Awdflash 7.97D
Awdflash 7.98
Awdflash 8.00 Supports Bright BM29F040/5V, PMC-Sierra Pm29F004T/5V, ATMEL AT49F040T/5V
Awdflash 8.01
Awdflash 8.02
Awdflash 8.03 Supports SST49LF003A 3Mb/3.3V, AMD AM29F040B/5V Flash ROM. Removed Megawin MM29F040/5V
Awdflash 8.031
Awdflash 8.08
Awdflash 8.08A
Awdflash 8.10
Awdflash 8.10A
Awdflash 8.10Am
Awdflash 8.10B
Awdflash 8.12
Awdflash 8.14C
Awdflash 8.16A
Awdflash 8.18
Awdflash 8.18Q
Awdflash 8.19A
Awdflash 8.20A
Awdflash 8.21A
Awdflash 8.22
Awdflash 8.22A
Awdflash 8.22Q
Awdflash 8.23
Awdflash 8.23E
Awdflash 8.23F
Awdflash 8.23G
Awdflash 8.23H
Awdflash 8.23I
Awdflash 8.23J
Awdflash 8.23K
Awdflash 8.23KM
Awdflash 8.23z
Awdflash 8.24B
Awdflash 8.24C
Awdflash 8.24DQ
Awdflash 8.24F
Awdflash 8.24G
Awdflash 8.24L
Awdflash 8.26B
Awdflash 8.26C
Awdflash 8.26E
Awdflash 8.26G
Awdflash 8.26H
Awdflash 8.28L
Awdflash 8.29E
Awdflash 8.29F
Awdflash 8.30
Awdflash 8.31
Awdflash 8.32
Awdflash 8.33
Awdflash 8.33A
Awdflash 8.33B
Awdflash 8.33C
Awdflash 8.33D
Awdflash 8.52
Awdflash 8.54A
Awdflash 8.55A
Awdflash 8.57
Awdflash 8.59E
Awdflash 8.59G
Awdflash 8.60C
Awdflash 8.62
Awdflash 8.63B
Awdflash 8.64
Awdflash 8.65
Awdflash 8.65M
Awdflash 8.66
Awdflash 8.67
Awdflash 8.67L
Awdflash 8.69
Awdflash 8.72B
Awdflash 8.73
Awdflash 8.80
Awdflash 8.82
Awdflash 8.87
Awdflash 8.92
Awdflash 8.93
Awdflash 8.94
Awdflash 8.96
Awdflash 8.99 Release date: March 15th 2010

Winflash.exe - Award Flasher (Windows 32/64bit based)

Award Winflash.exe allows you to flash your BIOS from within Windows (NT/2000 or later). From Winflash v1.90 on, 64-bit versions of Windows are supported.

Please note that Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 32 bit or 64 bit or later is not supported by any of the Award Winflash.exe versions below. You'll need to use WindowsXP 32bit or 64bit or follow our DOS based BIOS update guide.

When you launch Winflash you'll see the user interface as below. You can choose the following options:

  • Update the BootBlock
  • Update the PnP area
  • Update the DMI area
  • Clear the CMOS

winflash - Windows based Award BIOS flasher

To update your BIOS with WinFlash:

  1. Select File -> Open. If your current BIOS version doesn't support WinFlash, it will give a warning. Do not continue in that case and use awdflash in DOS
  2. Choose the correct BIOS data file
  3. Select File -> Update BIOS
  4. Choose Yes on "Do you want to load again"
  5. Click on the Update button to start the update
  6. When the flashing procedure completes, Winflash will ask you to reboot your PC: Select YES

winflash - Windows based Award BIOS flasher

Download Award WinFlash

Winflash version Notes
Award Winflash 1.76 Only 32-bit supported
Award Winflash 1.90 32/64 bit supported
Award Winflash 1.94 32/64 bit supported

The Flasher utilities are copyrighted by their respective owners. Thanks to apple_rom and Zerioze for history information.

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