October 31, 2013

What Matters Needed Attention if Reinstall Windows 7 after Forgot Password

When we forget Windows 7 login even admin password, most people probably ask for help from professors. However, most of professors always recommend computer user to reinstall Windows system. But they don’t tell users what they should pay attention to if they really want to reinstall Windows system rather than reset Windows 7 password with recovery software.

Matters Before Windows 7 Reinstallation:


1. Choose Windows 7 operational system carefully.

 Why? Because now Windows operational system displayed on Internet is consist of different kinds of software by different people. The difference between their software and even drive probably lead to computer unavailable after Windows 7 system reinstallation.

2. Make a backup of important data on your computer.

Reinstall Windows system means that clear data on disk C: and write new data on it. So please copy and save them on safe computer before Windows system reinstallation. Besides, if we have important data, make a backup of registry is necessary. If not, you don’t have to pay attention to it.

3. Choose appropriate drive to reinstall Windows system.

There are more risks for Windows system reinstallation if we don’t choose appropriate drive.
For example, you probably couldn’t access Windows to work because improper operation during Windows system installation or on disc.  
For computer user with basic computer knowledge, we recommend them reinstall Windows system with USB flash drive, because reinstall Windows system with USB could solve the abnormalities of the installation process.

Matters During Windows 7 Reinstallation:

  1. After format disk C: on computer, set a 100 M hide partition prepared for Windows 7 reinstallation.
  2. If this partition is not created before installation, we will meet errors during Windows 7 installation.
  3. On system settings, we could close both AHCI and Inte(R) c-state tech.
  4. About graphics driver installation, we had better not install it during Windows 7 system reinstallation. But to install graphics driver after we have installed Windows system. On the desktop options, check the driver type, and then install driver for it, so that graphics driver would not restart when we run player.
  5. On power settings, we have to choose energy-saving mode and select the option not shut down computer forever. As a result, Windows 7 system would not crash.
  6. On graphics driver settings screen, change performance of some option we don’t use usually to be lower.

If there are still some memory errors on your computer, please remember paying attention to the first matter mentioned above. Following these suggestions, believe your computer will run more quickly and effectively after system reinstallation.

After so much work for Windows 7 system reinstallation, forgotten password must have been removed. But it is still a little difficult for computer newbie. However, effective password software Windows 7 Password Genius gives another different experience to computer user. Just with two or three minutes, any computer user could reset Windows 7 password.

October 29, 2013

HP Commercial Notebook BIOS Password Creation/Setup/Reset

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.

How to Set HP BIOS Password for Desktop and Notebook

This passage mainly talks about how to set bios password for HP desktop and notebook.

How to set BIOS password for HP desktop?

Almost all HP and Compaq consumer desktop computers do not allow power-on passwords. Instead, use a BIOS Lock Supervisor password and Windows Logon password.

You can help prevent someone from accessing the BIOS and making unwanted changes by setting a BIOS Supervisor password (or BIOS Lock). 

To do this, go to the Advanced page of the BIOS Setup Utility and select Supervisor password (or BIOS Lock) to add or change a password. The setting is usually at the bottom and you might need to scroll. To prevent the Supervisor password screen from appearing, leave all text blank and press Enter when entering a password.

How to set BIOS password for HP Notebook?

Some HP Notebook PCs may be unable to Enter F10 System Setup as BIOS Administrator if HP ProtectTools is Enabled. If the BIOS Administrator password is not set, and HP ProtectTools security is enabled in Security Manager, then you may not be able to enter the Computer Setup utility at startup as a BIOS administrator. You will only be allowed to enter the setup as a ProtectTools user with very limited access. 

To resolve this issue, create a BIOS administrator password and delete previous ProtectTools user logs by following this procedure:

1.       Download and install the latest SSM utility (SP42536) from here.
2.       Navigate to C:\Program Files\Hewlett Packard\SSM if you are on a 32bit system or C:\Program Files(x86)\Hewlett Packard\SSM if you are on a 64bit system
3.       Access biosconfigutility.exe to reset the BIOS administrator password.
a.       From a command prompt, navigate to the SSM folder.
b.      Type biosconfigutility.exe /newsetuppassword:"password" to start the utility and create a new BIOS Administrator password.
c.       If a User Access Control window appears, allow access to the application to make changes to your PC.
d.      Close the command window.
4.       Restart the notebook PC and press Esc then F10 at startup.
5.       Log in using the new BIOS administrator password.
6.       Choose User Management and delete any previous ProtectTools users.
7.       Save the new settings and exit startup.
And you are done. You now have a BIOS Administrator that can actually make changes to the BIOS as you may require.

Source: http://www.ajagwe.com/how-to-set-or-reset-bios-administrator-password-in-hp-notebook/

More about Notebook BIOS password creation and setup,  please read the following article:

BIOS Setup Utility on HP Desktops Security

Through BIOS Setup utility learning, you can find what version BIOS is and how to use BIOS Setup utility for HP desktops security.

At first, we can find version for BIOS. Turn on the computer and immediately press immediately press the F10 key repeatedly until a BIOS Setup screen opens.
If nothing happens, press the F1 key repeatedly. On the Main tab, find the BIOS version. Now let’s see what information BIOS stores and what BIOS Setup can do. Why do we say BIOS Setup make efforts on HP desktops security? After read the following, you will get the answer.

What configuration information BIOS Stores?

  • The addresses of devices (hard disk drives, for example), that are attached to the computer.
  • The startup sequence of the computer.
  • The amount of system and extended memory.

What BIOS Setup Utility Can Do?

One: BIOS Setup utility can change important BIOS settings for computer.

Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is a program that controls communication between all input and output devices on the computer (such as disk drives, display, keyboard, mouse, and printer).
A battery on the motherboard keeps the settings from being lost when the system is turned off.

On the BIOS Setup utility screen has five different tabs along the top, Main, Advanced, Power, Boot and Exit. The previous four options can be used to change BIOS settings.
Main tap: allocates resources for hardware components.
Advanced tap:  configures advanced features available through the chipset.
Power tap:  configures power management features.
Boot tap:  a very important tap in BIOS Setup utility screen, selects boot options and power supply controls.
Exit tap:  saves or discards changes to Setup program options.

Tip: If you want to remove BIOS password, remove battery from motherboard is an available way. Or use SpareKey is powerful method for HP computer user to remove forgotten BIOS password.
How SpareKey works? You can go to Reset HP Elitebook Password.

Two:  Reloading the BIOS Default Settings:                

Use one of the following sections to reload the factory BIOS settings to the default setup:

BIOS version 6 or less:

  1. Press the F5 function key.
  2. Select Yes or OK.
  3. Press the Enter key.
  4. Press the F10 function key.
  5. Select Yes or OK to save the defaults.

 You can also complete the following steps to reload the factory BIOS settings using the menu:

  1. In the BIOS Setup utility, select the Exit tab.
  2. Select Load Setup Defaults.
  3. The system prompts you to load the optimized setup defaults. Select Yes or OK and press the Enter key.
  4. Select Exit Saving Changes.
  5. Press Esc and then press Enter to exit Setup.

BIOS version 7 or greater:
  • In the BIOS Setup utility, select the File tab.
  • Select Apply Defaults and Exit.
The default settings are restored, the BIOS setup utility closes, and the computer boots into Windows.

So how do you think BIOS Setup utility now? Isn’t it very important? As the entrance to HP computer hard disk and link to output devices on computer, at the same time, BIOS Setup utility manages four kinds of password for computer, such as supervisor user password, user password, bios password and hdd password.  Therefore, you can imagine how important it is for HP computer security.


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