Microsoft is enabling the update of firmware by the use of UEFI capsules in Windows 8. These capsules are deployed in a number of ways, one of which is by designating them as a device driver. According to MS, only systems that are UEFI capable and support the ESRT will load and deploy firmware capsules. I am hoping I have my acronyms right. ESRT - EFI System Resource Table.
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I am hoping I have my acronyms right. ESRT - EFI System Resource Table.
That would be the confusion right there. In the Intel world, ESRT is Embedded Server RAID Technology. Whomever was recommending the S1200BTL thought you were talking about RAID, not EFI.
I haven't played with UEFI myself, but I see "EFI" is mentioned in the Technical Production Specifications of most Intel H77, Q77, and Z77 boards.
You may of already found this page: Intel® Visual BIOS – easy to configure UEFI BIOS
It is tagged with "DZ77GA-70K", but Visual BIOS is available with all their Z77 boards, specifically:
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