How to Use Phoenix Award BIOS Flash Tool Version 1.31

Updated February 21, 2017

The BIOS or Basic Input/Output System of your computer loads from a chip on the motherboard when the machine is turned on or restarted. Communication with the keyboard, monitor and hard drives is done through the BIOS. You can also change various options from the BIOS menu. If you have a Phoenix Award BIOS you need to use the BIOS Flash Tool, which is called WinFlash, to install an update file for the BIOS.

Click the "Start" button and select "All Programs". Highlight the option for "Award Utility" and select "WinFlash".

Put a check in the box for "BootBlock", "DMI Area" and "Clear CMOS" on the left panel.

Click the "File" drop down and select "Open". Locate the BIOS update file for your computer and click the "Open" button to load the file.

Click the "File" drop down and select the option for "Update BIOS". You will see an "Update BIOS" window appear on the screen.

Click the "Update" button to begin the BIOS update process.

Click the "Yes" button when the "Reboot Message" window appears on the screen. Your computer will then shut down and reboot.

Press the "F2" or "Esc" key when the manufacturer splash screen appears to boot into the BIOS. Verify that the settings are correct and make changes, if necessary. Save your changes and exit the BIOS.


The CMOS of your computer will be reset to the default settings when using the WinFlash utility. Version 1.31 is an older version of the WinFlash utility.

Things You'll Need

  • BIOS update file
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.