911medic has kindly patched my bios for me to flash, but i'm still a bit confused on how the entire thing is supposed to work out. (and also how to run the bios flash) [reference for my system] i'm sorry if i'm asking trivial questions, but i would really like to take the "measure twice/cut once approach") here's my current plan: 1) created a bootable thumb drive using the "bios recovery procedure" but use the patched rom file instead of the original file. 2) ... that's it what happens next. does vista activate by itself? can i backup my existing bios before i flash? from what i read, awdflash seems to have a backup utility are there any redundancy steps i can take to minimize problems? again, sorry if this has been discussed before.