How do I reset my BIOS password?

by on October 15, 2010

Q: I have an HP Pavilion. I got it used and need to know how to reset bios password?

5 Responses to “How do I reset my BIOS password?”
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    If this is a desktop, the process is fairly easy:

    If this is a laptop, it’s much more difficult, and you’ll probably need to contact HP.

    What is the exact model number for the computer?


    From HP:

    Power On
    The Power On password is set in the System BIOS options. It prevents unwanted users from accessing the computer. By default, HP does not set the Power On password. If you set the Power On password in the System BIOS options you will be prompted for it immediately after you power on the Notebook PC.
    If this password is forgotten, a repair at an HP certified repair center is required to reset the computer. Please contact HP to schedule a repair. This service is not covered by the warranty.

    Drive Lock
    The Drive Lock password protects the data on your hard drive through encryption. If your computer is stolen, the data on the hard drive is inaccessible without the Drive Lock password. This password cannot be reset. If it is lost or forgotten, the hard drive must be replaced. Please contact HP to order a new hard drive. This service is not covered by the warranty.


    Follow the desktop instructions in the first post.


    If this is resolved, please pick one of my posts as a best answer. Thanks