Using the System Setup Program
Your operating system may automatically configure most of the options
available in the system setup program, thus overriding options that you set through
the system setup program (an exception is the External Hot Key option, which you
can disable or enable only through the system setup program). For more information
on configuring features for your operating system, access the Help and Support
Center (see "Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista™ Help and Support Center"
on page 16).
You can use system setup as follows:
To set or change user-selectable features such as your computer password
To verify information about the computer's current configuration such as
the amount of system memory
After you set up the computer, run system setup to familiarize yourself with
your system configuration information and optional settings. You may want
to write down the information for future reference.
The system setup screens display the current setup information and settings
for your computer, such as:
Boot (start-up) configuration
Basic device configuration settings
System security and hard drive password settings
Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell
technical support, do not change the system setup settings. Certain changes might
make your computer work incorrectly.