When you have a laptop computer, it is your responsibility to make sure your data is protected. There have been a number of high-profile security breaches in recent years, and many of them have been precipitated by the loss of laptops that contained information was not encrypted or even password protected. In order to avoid these problems it is important to assign a start-up and setup password. There are times, however, when you will need to remove the password you created.
Understanding the Setup Process
Every computer manufacturer builds a setup program into their machines. This setup program allows computer users to see, at a glance, what type of equipment is installed in the computer, including the types of hard drives, the amount of memory installed and the kind of optical drive the computer contains. The setup program is also where computer users will go to enable, assign, remove and disable the system password. Without this system password, computer users will not be able to make changes to the hardware contained in the system. This can be a problem when changes need to be made. If you need to make changes to your computer's settings you will need to either enter the password or remove it.
Getting into Setup
To get into the setup program on your Dell Precision laptop, start your computer and watch for the setup message. Press the "F12" key to get into the Setup program and scroll to the "Security" menu. If there is currently a password assigned you will be prompted to enter a password to get into the Setup menu. Once you are in the "Security" menu, you will have the option to disable the password or to change the existing password. If you do decide to completely remove the password, be sure that you keep your laptop with you. If you were to lose your laptop, anyone who finds it would be able to access all of your information. In addition, other users also will be able to make changes to the configuration of the hard drive, memory and other components in your computer. Those changes could prevent your computer from booting.
If you have forgotten the password you assigned, or if the password was assigned by someone else, you will need to contact Dell support for assistance with resetting or disabling it. In order to get the password reset or disabled by Dell support, you will need the service tag number and serial number from your Precision laptop, so be sure to record these numbers before you log on to the Dell Support website or contact Dell by telephone. The service tag number and serial number tags will be located on the bottom of the Precision laptop. It is a good idea to write these numbers down and keep them in a safe place when you buy your laptop. Those tags can fade over time, and without that number it will be very difficult to get the support you need.
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