For several years, Windows Update has also been able to deliver and automatically install firmware and BIOS updates. It’s only stupid if there are errors, as is currently the case with some all-in-one PCs from the Lenovo ThinkCentre V530 All-in-One series such as the AiO V530-24ICB. After an incorrect update, they are no longer usable and only send beeps after the restart.
A c’t reader pointed out the error to us, which wrecked six identical computers in his company. According to him, Lenovo support has not yet been able to provide any helpful information, apart from pointing out that computers with Intel processors of the eighth and ninth generation Core i (Core i5-8400T/i5-9400T) are no longer guaranteed.
There are also reports of frequent failures in Lenovo’s support forum. According to this, an update called “Lenovo Firmware 22.214.171.124” delivered by Lenovo via Windows Update could be causing the problem. But in the Windows Update Catalog there are 14 different entries with this name, the oldest from 2018.
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The Windows Update Catalog lists 14 updates labeled “Lenovo Ltd. Firmware 126.96.36.199”
Basically, firmware updates delivered via Windows Update (or via Linux Vendor Firmware Service/LVFS) should strengthen security. Because many PC owners and probably many admins rarely or never install firmware updates that have to be imported with other tools or require a manual download. They often don’t even know about it, and proprietary maintenance tools like Lenovo Vantage also have downsides.
However, playing firmware updates via Windows Update requires great care and extensive tests on the part of the respective manufacturer. Because there are always breakdowns; As early as 2016, an incorrect BIOS update paralyzed some computers.
According to ChannelPartner, the problem with the Lenovo ThinkCentre V530 has been known since May 2nd.
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