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Oops, There Goes Another BIOS Password

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals
 
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Charlie from FL asks:

I forgot my bios password on my laptop, is there any way to get it?

Let’s start with really the only compelling reason to set a BIOS password to begin with: to prevent someone else from changing your BIOS settings.  The computer’s BIOS settings, for those who don’t know, are the basic settings for your computer such as time and date, which drive the computer boots from, etc.

Your BIOS screen won’t look exactly like this; they vary by manufacturer and hardware installed.  You access BIOS by typically pressing F2 repeatedly during the boot-up process until a message like “Loading BIOS Options” appears – although the exact key also varies by manufacturer.  Most of the BIOS settings are for more advanced users, however, and changing them can significantly change the way that your computer operates.  For the most part, it’s best not to set a BIOS password unless you think that someone may really go in and change them.  For instance, when I worked in computer sales, we set a BIOS password on all of our display machines to keep the customers from playing with them.  In my experience, if you have a BIOS password set, you can’t even boot your computer up without first entering the BIOS password.

If you DO set a BIOS password, as with all other passwords, I would suggest writing the password down and keeping it in a secure place just in case.  If you haven’t done this, however, all is not lost.  There are both software and hardware solutions to this problem, although the hardware solution is definitely for advanced users, because you have to access the motherboard of your computer, remove the BIOS battery and leave it out for a good ten minutes or so.  This won’t just reset your computer’s BIOS, it will reset ALL of your BIOS settings.

The software solution involves downloading a password removal or reset tool such as Easeus or Password Recovery Magic.  I have never had to use one myself, so can’t recommend one over the other.  I would just suggest that you find one through a reputable site such as cnet.com or downloads.com rather than a simple Google search.  That’s how I found the two listed above.  Once you have removed your BIOS password, you may consider not setting a new one or writing it down somewhere.

Hope that this helps.

~Randal Schaffer

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One Response to “Oops, There Goes Another BIOS Password”

  1. Tim Deaton says:

    Another method is to open the case, remove the battery, short across the pins and then replace the battery. The BIOS will be in factory default.

    Potential problem: If the battery is soldered to the motherboard this cannot be done without desoldering. The manufacturer is an idiot (SOMEDAY that battery will die and need replacing!) who does this and goes on the
    list of “never buy this brand again”.

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