How to create BIOS administrator and user on multi-user architecture?
On multi-user architecture notebook, BIOS password includes administrator password and user password. Just like log-on account and password, they are divided into administrator, standard user and guest user. So when you are administrator, you will own admin privileges, managing user.
1. Create BIOS Administrator
The BIOS administrator user is created in F10 or remotely via the WMI tools. BIOS administrator privilege includes:
- Management of other BIOS users
- Full access to F10 BIOS policy and settings
- Control F10 access of other users
- Unlocking the system when other BIOS users fail preboot authentication (BIOS administrator is one of the recovery options when the user authentication fails)
2. Create BIOS User
BIOS users are created by BIOS administrator in F10 or remotely via the WMI tools. BIOS users are OS independent. BIOS user privilege includes:
- Use his/her BIOS password to authenticate and boot the BIOS
- Use his/her BIOS password to access F10 based upon permissions setup by the BIOS administrator
How to Change, Reset or Remove Forgotten BIOS Password
1. How to Change BIOS Password
For BIOS users and BIOS administrator, go to F10 or use remote WMI tool to change the password if the old password is known.
2. Reset BIOS Users Password
There are three possible scenarios which apply regarding forgotten passwords:
· 2-1 If a BIOS user forgets his/her password and has setup HP SpareKey, he/she can use the assistance offered by HP SpareKey to boot up the system. The BIOS will take the user to BIOS recovery screen upon his/her failure to enter the correct password, where the user can then use HP SpareKey to re-gain access to the system.
Tip: How SpareKey works for BIOS password reset or remove, turn to read this passage:
· 2-2 If the BIOS user forgets their password and there is a BIOS administrator, the BIOS administrator can go to F10 to remove and add the BIOS user again, effectively supplying the user with a new password.
2-3 If the PT user forgets the PT user password and has no HP SpareKey and there is NO BIOS administrator, the PT user can enter F10 as Guest User and then define a BIOS administrator and remove the PT user. Or, as an alternative, request HP Services to use a secured HP service tool to reset the system to factory default.
3. Reset BIOS Administrator Password
If the BIOS administrator forgets the BIOS administrator password and has setup HP SpareKey, he/she can use the HP SpareKey to enter F10. Otherwise, for 2009 and newer commercial notebook platforms, it would require HP Services to use a secured HP service tool to reset the system to factory default.