The power-on password prevents unauthorized use of the computer by requiring entry of a password to
access applications or data when the computer is powered on or restarted. The setup password
specifically prevents unauthorized access to the Computer Setup (F10) Utility and can also be used as
an override to the power-on password. When prompted for the power-on password, entering the setup
password instead enables access to the computer.
You can establish a network-wide setup password to enable the system administrator to log in to all
network systems to perform maintenance without needing to know the power-on password.
Establishing a setup password using Computer Setup (F10) Utility
Establishing a setup password through the Computer Setup (F10) Utility prevents reconfiguration of the
computer (through the use of the Computer Setup (F10) Utility) until the password is entered.
To establish a setup password using the Computer Setup (F10) menu:
Power on or restart the computer.
As soon as the computer is powered on, press and hold
(F10) Utility. Press
If you do not press
If you are using a PS/2 keyboard, you might see a keyboard error message. Disregard it.
Select Security>Setup Password and then follow the onscreen instructions.
Before exiting, select File>Save Changes and Exit.
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to bypass the title screen, if necessary.
at the appropriate time, you must restart the computer, and then press and
again to access the utility.
until you enter the Computer Setup