In this post, you’ll learn how to find Platform.ini file from a bios update setup file, If you can’t find platform.ini file.
if you want to reset your password, update bios without battery or want to edit “Platform.ini” file for any purpose but can’t seem to find Platform.ini file anywhere. Only a single compressed “.exe” setup file.
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Then you are in the right place. I will guide you through all the steps to find the “Platform.ini” file easily. I will try to make the process completely understandable.
This is usually the case with insyde bios updates because insyde provides a compressed single “.exe” setup file.
Sometimes you might need to edit the platform.ini file to reset your forgotten bios password or might want to downgrade your BIOS version. Then you must edit the file and change the values to be able to do what you want to do.
A few months ago I successfully set a master password on my Acer laptop which was running insyde BIOS. It was mandatory to set a BIOS master password to disable safe mode and boot other OS. So, that is why I set it.
After a few days, I removed the master password from the BIOS successfully because a friend of mine was borrowing my laptop for quite some time I didn’t want to cause any inconvenience so I removed the master password.
Although everything went all right when removing the password, I mean no errors and I was also prompted to enter the password twice to verify it. But after some time, I tried booting into BIOS because I wanted to enable safe boot again.
I pressed “F2” key hoping to get right into the BIOS setting but surprise I was asked to enter the password which I never set. Then I was like okay I must have done something wrong, maybe I forgot to save the changes.
So, I enter the last password which I set but no matter how many times I entered the password it was never the right one.
After multiple tries, I gave up and googled to see what was wrong, If it was Specific firmware related bug. And it turns out that many have faced the same problem as me with insyde bios. So it was clear that it was a bug.
I tried many ways to get past that screen but nothing worked. After some research I decided I had only 3 options:
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- I needed to reach to my vendor’s customer service and they would charge me some amount and solve my problem.
- Go solo and remove the casing from laptop to try another way to hard reset my BIOS. That would void my warranty.
- Or reset the password by editing Platform.ini file and flashing BIOS.
I chose to go with option 3. So went ahead and downloaded the update for my BIOS from Acer’s driver page. To my surprise, there was a single exe file which couldn’t be extracted conventionally either.
This basically means no Platform.ini file to edit. LOL
After some trial and error, I found a way to get access to the extracted BIOS update and edit the Platform.ini file.
How to Find Platform.ini file
- Step 1: First of all download any BIOS update from your official vender’s webpage.
- Step 2: Enable to show hidden files and folders.
- Click on start menu and search folder.
- Now a new window will pop up. Then click on view tab.
- Click show hidden files, folders and drives then click on OK.
Launching the setup file
- Step 3: First remove the power supply if it is connected. Then launch the downloaded update file.
- Step 4: Go to this directory C:\Users\your_user_account\appdata\local
- Step 5: Type in “tmp” in the search bar and select the latest created file. You may look at the date created.
- Step 6: Now copy all the contents of the folder to a new permanent location. Because it is a temporary folder it will be deleted after reboot. You know in case you need it again.
- Step 7: Paste it into a new location then edit the platform.ini file as you wish and then use the setup in the same folder after reconnecting your charger cable.
Okay, now I declare how to find Platform.ini file tutorial finished.
Comment down below if any queries, happy to help.
Have a good day.