December 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm #28363BearParticipant
This will only work if your able to open your bios, so if you can not then read no further.Most users who have kids probably already have more than one user account ( or at least you should) for different members of the family, you obviously don't want little Johnny or Suzie accidentally seeing adult themes, but what about those times when you don't want anyone to use your computer ?When you first boot your computer there are a couple of things that happen, first there is a check of the mbr (Master Boot Record) then a memory check all this happens in a matter of a few seconds.By setting a bios password essentially what you are doing is stopping the mbr check, which will not continue until the proper password has been entered.How to set a bios passwordDepending on your bios and computer there are several different ways to open the bios, the most common are one of the "F" keys or a combination of keyswhat ever is used must be entered after the system check (The Beep) and before the splash screen.Once you are in the bios look for the setting marked System Security or something similar using your arrow and tab keys highlight ithit enter then put in a password. (make it something you will remember if you forget what it is you will be locked out)after you have entered the password you may be prompted to accept the change select yes then hit escape and yes to save changes.Simply re-boot to see if you have done the change correctlyBearAugust 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm #30370laptopfan76Participant
To support this post above, a lot of people choose passwords that are easily cracked. It's essential to secure your PC/laptop computer with a strong password. I thought I would share this Microsoft article which details how best to choose your password and even includes a password checker - microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/create.mspxMatthew,HPAugust 19, 2009 at 4:32 am #30371Merlin33069Participant
that is a great way to lock out a computer, given the fact that nothing can happen before the password is input, making the computer invulnerable to pretty much any attempt to get on it.For the most part, there are a few ways around this, for instance, once you gain access to the computer, from the owner, you can boot from a cd and find / erase the password. but that still requires the owner or password holder.But the simplest way to bypass this password is to reset the bios... which is fairly straight forward and easy to do IF you can get inside the computer case.but yeah, i use this security from time to time on some of my computers.
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