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HP EliteBook 820 User Manual: Using Passwords; Setting Passwords In Windows

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Using passwords

A password is a group of characters that you choose to secure your computer information. Several types of
passwords can be set, depending on how you want to control access to your information. Passwords can be
set in Windows or in the non-Windows Computer Setup utility that is preinstalled on the computer.
BIOS administrator and DriveLock passwords are set in Computer Setup and are managed by the system
Automatic DriveLock passwords are enabled in Computer Setup.
Windows passwords are set only in the Windows operating system.
If HP SpareKey has been set up previously, and if you forget the BIOS administrator password set in
Computer Setup, you can use HP SpareKey to access the utility.
If you forget both the DriveLock user password and the DriveLock master password set in Computer
Setup, the hard drive that is protected by the passwords is permanently locked and can no longer be
You can use the same password for a Computer Setup feature and for a Windows security feature. You can
also use the same password for more than one Computer Setup feature.
Use the following tips for creating and saving passwords:
When creating passwords, follow requirements set by the program.
Do not use the same password for multiple applications or websites, and do not reuse your Windows
password for any other application or website.
Use HP Client Security's Password Manager to store your user names and passwords for all of your
websites and applications. You can securely read them in the future if they cannot be remembered.
Do not store passwords in a file on the computer.
The following tables list commonly used Windows and BIOS administrator passwords and describe their

Setting passwords in Windows

Administrator password*
User password*
*For information about setting a Windows administrator password or a Windows user password, access Help and Support by selecting
Start > Help and Support.
Chapter 9 Security
Protects access to a Windows administrator-level account.
Setting the Windows Administrator password does not
set the BIOS Administrator password.
Protects access to a Windows user account.


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