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BIOS Password

By watupevrybody ·
Big Points for this easy question.
I have some PC's out at my disaster recovery site and seem to have people fiddling with them, I want to lock the PC's down but can't seem to recall how to set a password at the BIOS screen within Win98.

Your quick response is very much appreciated.

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by capris In reply to BIOS Password

To set a BIOS password (also known as a power-on password), boot the computer and start its setup program. You?ll need to know the right key to press; Compaqs typically use [F10], and Dells use [F2] Some use DEL. Once you?re in Setup, look for an option to set a power-on password and choose ?Yes?. Add the new password and reboot.

If you have users who like to change their settings and cause you lots of support headaches, you can set another password to prevent access to the setup program itself It keeps users from clearing power-on passwords from the BIOS.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to BIOS Password

REboot the workstation, and choose to go into the BIOS (not Win9.
Once you are in there, check the options for setting a Power On Password (or it could be called Start Up Password).
Set the password to whatever you want it to be, and save the changes to the BIOS.
Reboot again, and when it comes up, the BIOS password prompt should come up. Type in the password, the BIOS will finish loading, then Win98 will load.
hope this helps

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by pvs369 In reply to BIOS Password

I think what you want is to set the BIOS password. Any good tech knows how to defeat the BIOS password, but it will keep the average user out of the computer. If you can lock the computer case it will keep even the best of techs out unless they can pick a lock like I can.

You will need to enter the BIOS Setup as the computer boots. You may see a message "Press the Del key to enter System Setup". If so press the Del key as the computer boots. Some computers use the F2 key of another key. Once in the BIOS Settings you need to locate and set the Password.

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by niseys In reply to BIOS Password

Are your concerns with 'physical' accessing,
or possible 'internal' accessing?

Follow the suggestions above for setting the
BIOS password (though even this can be instantly
'fiddled' with) and if it's from within (Internet
activity), hopefully you have adequate connection
monitoring software installed on the system.

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