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How to reset a BIOS password

I've forgotten the admin password and the BIOS setup password I've created. My primary boot device is a hard disk, so I can't break the computer password with a bootable CD. Is there a way to retrieve this information without having to deal with computer hardware?

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The best option for resetting a BIOS password depends on the BIOS used in the computer. The most common ways to reset a BIOS password include:
  • Using a backdoor BIOS password
  • Resetting the BIOS password using software
  • Resetting the BIOS password using hardware
  • Vendor-specific solutions for resetting the BIOS password

For more information, visit the tech-faq.com website, which provides a great tutorial on resetting BIOS passwords.

This was first published in September 2007

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