How to Override a Password on the Computer

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The BIOS is a critical program on your computer that allows you to change virtually any aspect of both your hardware and software. Because of this, it's a good idea to password-protect the system, protecting access from unsolicited parties. If you've forgotten that password, though, you can override it on your computer by using a backdoor password instead.

  • Restart your computer.

  • Press the designated keyboard key that will allow you to enter your computer's BIOS (see References). This key will be printed on-screen during the early stages of your computer's boot process. (The exact key pressed depends on what computer model you're using.)

  • Enter your BIOS' backdoor password into the box on-screen (see References). Each BIOS manufacturer sets a backdoor password, mainly for the benefit of technical support agents. If you've set a unique password on your BIOS, a tech support person can quickly override it and access your BIOS to make repairs. Entering this password will also allow you to enter the BIOS in the event that you've forgotten your unique password.

  • Hit "Enter." This will override the password on your computer and your BIOS will display on screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • The backdoor manufacturer is generated by the company that made your BIOS at the factory level. For example, every BIOS manufactured by AMD will have the same backdoor password. Every Phoenix BIOS will have the same backdoor password, and so on.

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