Solved Password in MS DOS Boot

March 10, 2013 at 03:24:22
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old laptop which I did not set up myself. When switched on it immediately asks for a password before it boots into windows setup. I would like to remove this password, as I want to donate the laptop to a child, leaving just the normal account passwords in place in windows. I know what the present MS DOS password is.

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March 10, 2013 at 08:38:53
If you know the current password to bios, you can change the password within bios settings, or leave it blank/turn off the password.

If you dont know that current password, most of the people who help on this site will be unable to help you as password bypassing is against the general policy.

:: mike

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March 10, 2013 at 09:36:00
I know what the present MS DOS password is.

You do? That's strange because MS_DOS was such a simple Operating System, it had no password, certainly not in Windows XP.

As Mikelinus says, it is probably a BIOS password which is a simple procedure to remove..

Just because you have a text screen doesn't mean you have MS-DOS.


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March 10, 2013 at 13:29:01
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Thanks Mikelenius!
For those who need more detailed instructions, here is what needs to be done:
1. Find out what button you need to press to enter the BIOS settings. In my case it was the F1 key, but F2 or "del" and possibly others are also possible dependant on brand.
2. Switch off computer completely.
3. Switch on and enter the old BIOS password, immediately pressing the relevant key to enter Bios. You might hear a confirmation beep. If windows starts up, you have to repeat the procedure (2.,3.).
4. Once Bios settings open, go to security settings,then "power on password", which will show up as enabled.
5. Select moving the cursor, then toggle to"disable" using F5/F6.
6. Enter your old password and leave the space for the new password empty ("enter", "enter")
7. Save and exit with F10
The above procedure can also be used to change the BIOS Power on Password by entering a new password twice under 6.
It is a good idea to have the BIOS password set for laptops that are often used out of home, with the increased risk of theft and loss. I have set mine again for my new laptop, and found out at the same time that my TPM module had been switched off (factory settings) on the BIOS settings, so I switched this on at the same time. If you have a computer with TPM, which you want to use, I recommend you check if it has been enabled.

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