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SUPPORT COMMUNICATION- PRODUCT CHANGE NOTIFICATION

Document ID: c06042840

Version: 1

Final HP Z Workstation series June 2018 Software Refresh (Windows 7)

Release date : 05-Jun-2018

Last updated : 05-Jun-2018

DETAILS OF CHANGE
Effective June 1, 2018, HP is changing the software and BIOS configuration on HP Z workstations that come with Windows 7. The new software addition and updates are being made available for download from HP’s support Web site for owners of existing Z440, Z640, Z840, Z238, Z240 Tower, Z240 Small Form Factor, Z2 Mini G3, Z4 G4, Z6 G4, Z8 G4 series workstations.
HP Z240 series workstations BIOS 1.68 has the following enhancements added:
  • Updates Intel GOP driver to v9.0.1052.
  • Updates UEFI Diagnostics to v1.23.
  • Improves security by requiring Administrator password to enter Intel MEBx menu.
  • Enhances “Early PCIe Delay” functionality to accommodate devices requiring additional PCIe delay.
  • Fixes an issue where system would not display when using certain projectors in some integrated graphics configurations.
  • Fixes an issue where system would not boot with certain USB device installed.
  • Fixes an issue where system would experience a 3.3 beep code when attempting to boot with certain graphics cards with Option ROM policy set to All UEFI.
  • Fixes an issue where system would take excessive time to boot with certain USB imaging devices installed.
HP Z440. Z640, and Z840 series workstations BIOS 2.44 has the following enhancements added:
  • Improves security by requiring Administrator password to enter Intel MEBx menu.
  • Adds ability to confirm presence of Setup and Power-On passwords using Hp-repset and WMI.
  • Updates UEFI Diagnostics to v1.23
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to UEFI PXE boot in certain customer environments.
HP Z2 Mini G3 series workstations BIOS 1.68 has the following enhancements added:
  • Updates Intel GOP driver to v9.0.1052.
  • Updates UEFI Diagnostics to v1.23.
  • Improves security by requiring Administrator password to enter Intel MEBx menu.
  • Enhances “Early PCIe Delay” functionality to accommodate devices requiring additional PCIe delay.
  • Fixes an issue where system would not display when using certain projectors in some integrated graphics configurations.
  • Fixes an issue where system would not boot with certain USB device installed.
  • Fixes an issue where system would experience a 3.3 beep code when attempting to boot with certain graphics cards with Option ROM policy set to All UEFI.
  • Fixes an issue where system would take excessive time to boot with certain USB imaging devices installed.
HP Z6 G4 and Z8 G4 series workstations BIOS 1.51 has the following enhancements added:
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to enter F10 Menu with certain non-English languages in Legacy Mode.
  • Fixes additional issues with PCIe expansion chassis.
  • Updates Intel Reference Code to v151R03.
  • Updates Intel RAID Option ROM/Driver to v5.4.0.1039.
  • Updates Intel VROC Option ROM/Driver to v5.4.0.1039.
  • Adds support for Windows 7.
  • Adds support for TPM 1.2.
  • Adds support for VROC Pass-Thru mode.
  • Improves security by requiring Administrator password to enter Intel MEBx menu.
  • Improves reporting of memory errors.
HP Z4 G4 series workstations BIOS 1.53 has the following enhancements added:
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to enter F10 Menu with certain non-English languages in Legacy Mode.
  • Fixes an issue where GPT partition table recovery would fail.
  • Updates Intel Reference Code to v151R03.
  • Updates Intel RAID Option ROM/Driver to v5.4.0.1039.
  • Updates Intel VROC Option ROM/Driver to v5.4.0.1039.
  • Adds support for Windows 7.
  • Adds support for TPM 1.2.
  • Adds support for VROC Pass-Thru mode.
  • Improves security by requiring Administrator password to enter Intel MEBx menu.
  • Improves reporting of memory errors.
HP Z4 G4 for Core-X series workstations BIOS 1.51 has the following enhancements added:
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to boot after AC power loss or unexpected reset.
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to boot from certain USB Type-C media.
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to boot when using certain USB KVM's.
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to UEFI PXE boot in certain customer environments.
  • Fixes an issue where system with MS UEFI CA key disabled would not boot with certain Device Guard compatible add-in cards.
  • Fixes an issue where system would hang when attempting Network BIOS Update.
  • Fixes an issue where system would hang in F10 menus with certain USB devices installed.
  • Fixes an issue where BIOS could not be updated from optical media.
  • Fixes an issue where certain external USB 3.0 mass storage devices would not function correctly during boot.
  • Fixes an issue where Front USB Type-C ports were still enabled after disabling Front USB ports in F10.
  • Fixes an issue where devices connected to the front USB Type-C ports would not appear as ejectable in the OS.
  • Fixes an issue where Drivelock password could not be used after simultaneously enabling Drivelock password and disabling Automatic Drivelock.
  • Fixes an issue where graphics configuration settings would not be reset when applying Factory Defaults or Custom Defaults.
  • Fixes an issue where Remote Diagnostics would fail to run.
  • Fixes an issue where system would experience yellow bang in Device Manager when booting a Legacy OS with multiple graphics cards present.
  • Fixes an issue where system would fail to enter F10 Menu with certain non-English languages in Legacy Mode.
  • Fixes an issue where F10 display language change would not be retained.
  • Fixes issue with missing Japanese characters in F10 menus.
  • Fixes multiple issues with PCIe expansion chassis.
  • Fixes an issue where GPT partition table recovery would fail.
  • Updates Intel Reference Code to v151R03.
  • Updates Intel RAID Option ROM/Driver to v5.4.0.1039.
  • Updates Intel Network UEFI Driver to v2.9.05.
  • Updates Intel PXE UEFI Driver to v00.18.
  • Updates UEFI-based Hardware Diagnostics to v1.23.
  • Adds support for TPM 1.2.
  • Adds setting for Administrator to allow bypass of Power-on Password after Restart.
  • Adds setting for Administrator to disable most Physical Presence Interface prompts.
  • Adds support for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) for systems with HP Z Premium Front I/O panel.
  • Improves reporting of memory errors.
  • Enables system to accept BIOS Administrator Password at Power-on Password prompt.

COMPONENT VERSION
Windows 7 Updated Components:
  • Windows 10 April 2018 update coming in July 2018.
  • AMD FirePro Windows Unified Graphics Driver Package version 17.50.18 or later (HP Z440, Z640, Z840, Z240, Z4 G4, Z6 G4, Z8 G4 series workstations only).
  • HP Performance Advisor version 2.1.2629.0 or later.
  • HP Velocity version 3.3.0.25314 or later.
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver version 4.7.0.1069 or later (Z440, Z640, Z840 series workstations only).
  • Intel Windows Graphics Driver version 21.20.16.4821 or later (Z240 and Z2 Mini G3 series workstations only).
  • NVIDIA Quadro Professional Driver version 391.33 or later.
  • Initial Windows 10 downgrade to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit release for Z4 G4, Z6 G4, and Z8 G4 series workstations.
  • Windows 7 Cloud Recovery (Z4 G4, Z6 G4, and Z8 G4 series workstations only. Available starting the second half of June 2018).
REASON FOR CHANGE
  • AMD FirePro Windows Unified Graphics Driver: Fixes an issue where only one display per GPU is selectable in the Timing-Client. Fixes a potential Radeon Settings crash.
  • HP Performance Advisor: Fixes HDD and ODD icons not displaying properly in the Block Diagram and missing detailed information after clicking on PCIe slot devices.
  • HP Velocity: Fixes a Velocity policy not implemented on the installed system.
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver: Resolves a hang resuming Windows 10 from S4 on systems with a large amount of DRAM and large data drives on a controller different than the OS.
  • Intel Windows Graphics Driver: Fixes a passmark video playback issue.
  • NVIDIA Quadro Professional Driver: Includes security fixes: CVE-2018-6247, CVE-2018-6248, CVE-2018-6249, CVE-2018-6250, CVE-2018-6251, CVE-2018-6252, CVE-2018-6253, CVE-2018-6254, CVE-2018-6249.
IMPACT OF CHANGE
Various quality of life fixes and improvements to functionality for all platforms.
Components affected:
Affected operating systems:
  • Windows 10 downgrade to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

DATE OF CHANGE

Effective date : 01-Jun-2018

Hardware platforms affected : HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation, HP Z240 Small Form Factor Workstation, HP Z240 Tower Workstation, HP Z4 G4 Workstation, HP Z440 Workstation, HP Z6 G4 Workstation, HP Z640 Workstation, HP Z8 G4 Workstation, HP Z840 Workstation

HP Inc. shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.The information provided is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind.To the extent permitted by law, neither HP or its affiliates, subcontractors or suppliers will be liable for incidental, special or consequential damages including downtime cost; lost profits; damages relating to the procurement of substitute products or services; or damages for loss of data, or software restoration.The information in this document is subject to change without notice.HP Inc. and the names of HP products referenced herein are trademarks of HP Inc. in the United States and other countries.Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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