How to Modify Bios Using AMI Mod Tool and Award Mod Tool

1. First, I want to thank AndyP for providing these wonderful tools for us to use.

For those who successfully modify their bios, please upload it and post a link in “All Slics 2.1″ thread for others who require the same bios at Slics 2.1 Modded Bios List .

2. This section of the forum is Only for Those Who Have AMI or AWARD Bios. These Tools will not work with Phoenix Bios.

There are 3 major components which are required to activate a Microsoft Operating System as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) – (1). A SLIC version which matches the particular Windows Operating System installed (Ex. – SLIC v1.0 or 1.1.0 for Windows XP, 98, ME OR SLIC v2.0 for Windows Vista OR SLIC v2.1 for Windows Vista and Windows 7). (2). An OEM SLP Product Key that matches the version of Windows installed – Retail Keys, Volume Licensing Keys will not work. Instead it ALWAYS MUST BE an OEM SLP PRODUCT KEY. (3). A Matching License or Certificate. ALL 3 of these elements must meet in harmony or else you will fail in activating windows as OEM. One cannot exist without the other or it fails.

3. To help you understand the Differences of the various forms of bios, there are basically 3 type of bios - AMIAward and Phoenix. Phoenix makes all 3 versions and each has its own way of doing things.

4. Download AMI and AWARD Mod Tools from the official web pages below – Check These Links Often for the Versions of both of these two tools change often – If you cannot download from the Official Website, download from the Unofficial website links below:

a. AMI Mod Tool – Official Website:

New AMI BIOS tool for performing SSV2/3 and Dynamic SLIC Modification

b. Award Mod Tool – Official Website:

New Award BIOS tool for performing SLIC Insertion/Modification

c. The Unofficial Website from which to download both tools are: OR…_Tool_1.32.rar OR Award_Mod_Tool_1.18_and_Ami_Mod_Tool_1.32.rar – THESE LINKS INCLUDE ALL SLICS, SLPS and CERTIFICATES that are needed to help you in modifying your bios.

5. Download the Appropriate Bios Directly from your Motherboard’s Manufacturer website. Do not trust or use third party websites. Only download directly from the motherboard manufacturer’s website. Trust me, you will regret going through many third party websites.

NOTE – If you see a BIOS which has both 64 BIT and 32 BIT, ALWAYS choose 64 BIT though your machine is only 32 BIT – Of course if there is a link to download the Windows 7 Bios, choose this link but always choose Windows 7 64 BIT though your machine is 32 BIT

6. Download and install WinRar: – if your bios comes in an executable format (.EXE), winrar is able to unzip the files by right clicking on the file and choose WINRAR – EXTRACT HERE. Another great tool that is helpful in extracting most executable files is Universal Extractor – Download it here:…xtractor.shtml OR A third extractor of which is very useful is 7ZIP and download it from here:

Some of the INTEL BIOS files with the .BIO extension are disguised AMI Bios. Not all of them , but some are. The ITK BIOS also use this extension. A tool that extracts the AMI Bios File from the .BIO File is BIO2AMI (BIO_2_AMI). You move the .BIO file to a folder, run the tool and extract the .ROM File. If it extracts, minimize the tool, mod the .ROM File, replace it in the Folder from which it was extracted and push it back works fairly well. You can download BIO2AMI (BIO_2_AMI) from one of these 4 links: Or Or Or…ntel_2_AMI.rar.

7. Now you are ready to modify your bios which is easy with AndyP’s Bios Modification Tools for Award and AMI Bios.

8. Assuming you have downloaded all the elements above and have unzipped your bios file in Bio2Ami or Winrar, if needed, open your Mod Tool by right clicking on it and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

For the Award Mod Tool, right click on AWARDTOOL.EXE. For AMI Mod Tool, right click on SLIC.EXE.

The Tools Look Like This When Opened

9. Click the button by ORIGINAL BIOS and navigate to your bios file and click it.

10. Next, choose the manufacturer….if your manufacturer does not show, choose OTHER.

11. Choose SLIC. For those who only want to activate Windows Vista, choose SLIC v2.0. For those who want to activate Windows Vista and Windows 7, choose a SLIC v2.1

For those who choose DELL, open the folder SLICS 2.1 and inside is a SLIC DELL_QA09.BIN. I strongly suggest you choose this SLIC if you want to activate Windows 7 using DELL SLIC v2.1. Match the DELL_QA09.BIN SLIC with the DELL SLP. Be Careful and Do not choose SLIP DELL SYSTEM. If You choose DELL SYSTEM, this will cause you not to be able to activate Windows 7.

12. Choose SLP. If you choose a DELL SLIC, also choose a DELL SLP. This can be left blank.

13. Next, choose the certificate. The BIOS and the Certificate have to match. The tools will let you know if they do match or if they do not match.

14. As far as METHOD is concerned, let the tool choose default method.

For those who have ASROCK AMI bios, the AMI Mod Tool will automatically default to SSV3 when you choose ASROCK from the MANUFACTURER drop down menu. Before modifying, click the ADVANCED button. Once the Advanced window opens, find SSV3 Options and put a check mark by ADJUST SLIC IN DIFFERENT LOCATION.
For those who have an ECS AWARD Bios, EVGA AWARD Bios, MSI AWARD BIOS (NOT MSI AMI) and for those who have an AWARD Bios by HP or COMPAQ, use the ISA method to modify the bios. The Award Mod Tool defaults to 0+2 but ECS AWARD BIOS, EVGA AWARD BIOS, MSI AWARD BIOS, and AWARD Bios by HP or COMPAQ already have a SLIC inserted in the ACPITBL. The 0+2 method only adds a second SLIC and could cause problems with the computer or activation of windows. ISA will replace the OLD SLIC with the NEW SLIC.

15. Click GO and let the tool do its work.

16. After it finishes it will say it is successful or not and if you want to verify the successful modifications, click VERIFY. For those who have AWARD BIOS, this will show a checksum error. This is natural and do not let it bother you.

17. Now flash your bios according to the suggestion of your motheboard manufacturer’s recommendations- THIS IS IMPORTANT – Uninstall any cr**ks, lo*ders, bios emulators, patches or cr**ks before flashing your bios.

A tool to uninstall any of these cr**ks, lo*ders, bios emulators, patches or cr**ks is VOATK 2.5 STAND ALONE TOOL – Download Voatk 2.5 Stand Alone Tool at OR OR…tand_Alone.rar OR

18. For those who wish to know what is the meaning of SSV, SSV2, SSV3, ISA, PubKey, Dynamic, 0+2, OEM7 or MMTool, download AMI Mod Tool from one of the links above and inside is an Adobe PDF file. Open this PDF file and it will explain the various methods for modifying a bios.

I suggest you download the HOW_TO_FILES from one of the following 2 links: Or…W_TO_FILES.rar. I normally give this to everyone of who I modify their bios and has everything needed to successful flash their bios with the new modified version that you made.

Here is a Basic Understanding from ZORT of the Type of Methods of which One Uses to Modify a Bios

SLP = SLP 1.0
A text string that is added to the bios for XP, Win2003, and WHS activation. Corresponding oembios.* files must be installed in Windows.

SLIC = SLP 2.0 / 2.1
Public key/marker code is added to the bios. A certificate (.xrm-ms file) must be installed in Windows that matches the SLIC in the bios. A SLP 2.0 SLIC will activate Vista and Win2008. A SLP 2.1 SLIC will activate Win7 and Win2008 R2, as well as Vista SP1+ and Win2008.

First, SS stands for super static. We call it that because the memory address where the SLIC will be doesn’t change. In some older ways of modding the SLIC would be at a different address depending how much RAM was in the computer, so a mod would work for one person but not another.

SSV (or SSV1): A new, uncompressed module is added to the bios that contains SLIC code. This is the way all mods were done originally. For Award bios, OEM and 0+2 methods are SSV1.

SSV2: The slic is written over FF bytes in the bios file, and the slic is not part of a module. This only works for AMI BIOS, not Award.

With SSV2 the system module is usually kept the same size, so all the modules in the bios remain in their original position. Most MSI AMI bioses require this method. If a bios has trouble booting to an onboard raid or other device it could be because of shifted offsets of the bios modules so try SSV2 in that case.

(Note: I did see an Award bios where SSV2 worked once so there might be certain places in an Award BIOS after all the modules where it could work but it would be risky to try. Andy doesn’t include a SSV2 option in the Award tool anyway.)

SSV3: The SLIC is written inside the system module. This makes the compressed system module much bigger. That means a lot of the modules will have their offsets (location in the bios file) shifted to make room for the expanded system. It usually works fine with Asus bioses, but can brick an MSI (w/AMI bios) motherboard. For Award bios to prevent all the modules from shifting we black out the EPA logo which makes it highly compressible. This way all the modules below the EPA logo will still remain at their original offsets. SSV3 works well with most bioses. For Gigabyte Award bios it’s usually the best choice.

Pubkey: Only applies to Award bios. SLIC code is added to the bios as two parts (public key + marker). The only brand it works reliably with is Asus. It is safer than most methods because it doesn’t change any existing modules. To flash it you have to use bios built in flash utility (EZ-Flash) because awdflash.exe will say “invalid Windows license”. AMI bios has something similar in the form of a Fx module which is covered in the Dynamic option of the AMI Tool.

0+2: For Award. A “nocompress” (uncompressed) module is added to the end of the bios. The system module (module “0″) is shrunk by the same amount that acpitbl (usually module “2″) increases. This keeps the offsets the same for all the modules under acpitbl. This is a good option for Award bioses that don’t have an active SLIC in their acpitbl already. For ones that do it will add a second SLIC and won’t activate.

ISA: For Award. An ISA module with a special program is added to the end of the bios. The program replaces the SLIC in RAM with a new one, or adds a SLIC if one isn’t present. This is a good choice for bioses that already have an active SLIC. It is also safer than most methods because it doesn’t modify any existing modules. It doesn’t work with most newer Gigabyte bioses.

Dynamic: Existing SLIC is overwritten with the new SLIC. For a bios with a SLIC that isn’t enabled this won’t do anything unless the configuration lock can be removed. (Fortunately for Asus AMI bios we can remove the config lock.) For Award bioses, this method is hit and miss. It has worked well sometimes (ex: Asus with lock removed) but on some occasions bricked motherboards (ex: a Shuttle and an EVGA, but there were some other Shuttles that worked)

OEM: For Award. SLIC is added as an uncompressed “OEM” module. The OEM module usually takes the location in the bios that the EPA or ACPITBL was using, and the EPA or ACPITBL is then readded at the end. This works well for older Award bioses like Abit. This is an ok option for Award bioses that don’t have an enabled SLIC in their acpitbl already. For ones that do it will add a second SLIC and won’t activate.

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