Once refer to a computer password, most users will think of the Windows login password. But actually, the computer password can also refer to a BIOS password in addition to the Windows login password. It is one of the more secure methods of password protecting a computer as the computer will not be able to be used unless the password is known.
What is a BIOS password?
Before learning what a BIOS password is, you should understand what BIOS is. BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is often used to describe a software that is programmed into a ROM, (read only memory) that runs every time you boot up a computer. Bios is therefore firmware that runs on a CMOS chip and that there can also be a security chip that imprints the motherboard, hard drive, and bios to make sure all three match. So a BIOS password refers to a password set on the Bios or security chip.
Most laptops come with a very strong BIOS password capability that locks up the hardware and makes the laptop completely unusable. A laptop BIOS password is often said to be more secure than a traditional desktop to help protect the data if it was stolen as it should be entered before the operating system loads, usually on a black screen a few seconds after the laptop is started.
How to create a BIOS password?
1. Start or restart your computer. Watch the screen for a message that will say “"Hit the <DEL> key to enter the BIOS setup program “or something similar. Press this key as soon as you see the message to enter BIOS menu.
Note: “Del “is most common key for entering the BIOS. Some computers used "F12" or "F2." Once the appropriate key is pressed, the BIOS screen will come up.
2. Use the arrow keys to selec "Security" and press "Enter." You’ll find there are two options related to passwords: Supervisor Password and User Password.
3. Use the arrow key to move down and highlight "Set User Password." Press "Enter." An options window will open, and you will be asked to enter a password. Enter the password in the password box and enter the password again in the confirm password box. Press "Enter" to set the password.
4. Use the arrow key to move down and highlight "Set Password Check" and press "Enter." You'll be presented with the options to invoke the password during "Setup" or "Always." Choosing "Setup" requires a password to enter the BIOS. Choosing "Always" requires a password every time you start your computer. Highlight your choice and press "Enter."
5. Press "Esc" one time, use the arrow key to navigate to "Exit" and press "Enter." The option "Save changes and exit" should already be highlighted. If not, use the arrow key to highlight it and press "Enter." Your computer will exit the BIOS screen and reboot.
Now the BIOS password is created. Please keep it in mind, especially if you belong to those who often forget Windows password and always seek for a solution to resetting lost Windows password.