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lost bios password


FPCH Member
Mar 18, 2008
NSW Australia
PC Experience
Some Experience
Operating System
Windows XP - Professional
A friend brought his laptop to me as he has forgoten his boot password.Short of formatting in another machine,is it recoverable?


FPCH Long Term Member
Dec 17, 2007
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
Are you referring to a bios password, or the log in password?


FPCH Long Term Member
Jan 9, 2008
34° 12' 35" N, 118° 29' 21" W
We need to get very specific detailed information on following.

Model and if listed Type
What Operating System is installed.

Basically there are some laptops out there now days that you can not remove the password. The factory might be able to do something but even replacing the hard drive or a CMOS reset will still not disable the password.

Best option: Take a break, relax, wait a day or two and REMEMBER THE PASSWORD - then go and write it down somewhere safe, or remove it if remembering it is an issue.


Hi Arnold

If this is a bios password was it set by the manufacturer?
If so then your friend needs to contact them.

If the bios password was set manually then we cannot help.
The same applies if it is a log in password also.

What you have to bear in mind Arnold is that, as reasonable as the question is, we have no proof that the laptop was acquired legitimately.
Please note that we do not wish to insult you or question your integrity.

No further advice or information will be given with regard to this issue.