Are you looking for how to recover or remove or reset the BIOS password on Lenovo Laptop? You are in the right spot. In the following article, I will be showing you different methods you can use to reset your bios password that you can use on any brand laptops. However, since I am using my Lenovo laptop to reset the BIOS Password, I am writing down the methods of taking references on the Lenovo Laptop.
The methods of resetting BIOS password has its own strength and weaknesses. For example, removing the CMOS battery from your motherboard for 5 minutes. This is the best way of resetting the BIOS password on a Lenovo Laptop or any desktop/laptop computer. However, the drawback of this method on a laptop is that unlike a desktop computer, you will have to open up your laptop casing to access the CMOS battery, which may void your manufacturer’s warranty. This is where software comes in handy.
One another problem with laptops is that the BIOS password is often stored in an EEPROM on the Laptop’s motherboard rather than storing it on the CMOS. So, if you remove the CMOS battery, and if the password is stored on the EEPROM, you won’t be able to boot your Lenovo laptop anymore. So, for his reason, you might need an EEPROM programmer or EEPROM reader to retrieve the password. You can easily find an EEPROM programmer in an electronic shop or lab, and you will need another computer to use it.
To reprogram your EEPROM, you will need to desolder the EEPROM with a hot air desolder or can try to clip the EEPROM with some wires to plug it in the EEPROM reader. Next, using your other computer, reprogram your EEPROM by backing up your EEPROM and run cmospwd / d / l eeprom_backup. If you don’t see a password there, you can just fill up the EEPROM with “0” zero, or FF. And then safely reset the CMOS by removing the CMOS battery for 5 minutes.
The best way to resolve any problem related to the hardware on your computer is to contact the support team or the manufacturer support team and ask for the recommendation to unlock BIOS settings. However, as I see on the official site of the Lenovo laptop, I don’t see any help regarding the steps to reset your bios password.
This is the reason I am writing this article to help you guys to reset your BIOS password easily and most efficiently. You can try these steps on Lenovo ThinkPad, IdeaPad, Yoga series, and any other series of Lenovo laptops.
Remove BIOS Password For Lenovo Laptop
Once you set a BIOS password on your Lenovo laptop, you will need to enter the correct password every time when the command prompt pops-up while booting up your Laptop.
So, one of the problems setting up a BIOS password is that if you forgot the password, then you will have zero chance to get to the BIOS setting. So, unless you have a very important file on your computer that needs extra security, do add it to your Laptop. If you have set up the BIOS password on your Lenovo laptop, here are the steps to remove it from your system.
- First, turn off your system and leave your Laptop off for a minute.
- Now, turn on your Lenovo laptop and press the F1 key to go to the boot menu and release the F1 key after your BIOS comes up on your screen.
- Now, type the correct password in the password filed of your current BIOS. Then click the Password button and select the “Supervisor” icon.
- Here, enter the password of your current BIOS in the password field and press the space bar. Then press the enter button on the blank password box. Again press the enter button on the verification screen.
- By now, your BIOS password should be removed.
Finally, press the F10 button to save the change and click on “Yes” on the setup notice window.
There you go, you have successfully removed BIOS Password on Lenovo Laptop. Now let’s learn how to reset bios password if you have forgotten one.
Reset BIOS Password on Lenovo Laptop
Method 1: Steps to Reset Lenovo BIOS Password Using the Backdoor Password
In this method, I will be describing how you can reset your Lenovo BIOS password with a backdoor password. There is a built-in backdoor password to the BIOS by the manufacturer. As this method is hidden, we can’t see it usually. So, here are the steps to reset the Lenovo BIOS password using the Backdoor password.
- First, power on the Laptop and get to the BIOS entry screen by pressing the F1 key.
- Next, you will need to attempt to enter the wrong password three times. Try it with the password you remember; who knows if the only problem was you missed the characters?
- Now, after three attempts, if all the passwords are incorrect, your BIOS login will get blocked with a notification on your screen “System Disabled.” And then, right below, you will get a code to get the backdoor password to reset the BIOS password on Lenovo laptop.
- Next, open up a computer that you have access to with an internet connection. Now, open the internet browser and go to the site: https://bios-pw.org/.
- Next, a form will open up on your screen “Enter your code.” Enter the code you got on your BIOS disabled computer on the textbox. And then click the Get password
- Next, the page will render a list of passwords onto your screen. Now, go back to the Laptop where you need to reset the bios password.
- Restart the laptop and press F1 to load the BIOS entry panel again. Now, try to log in with the passwords one by one from the list of passwords.
Note: You are allowed to attempt to log in three times at a time on the BIOS login page before your system is locked. For this, you will have to restart your Lenovo Laptop several times to try the passwords.
Now, if you can’t find the backdoor password from the list to reset Lenovo bios password, try the other methods that I have listed.
Method 2: Steps to Reset BIOS Password on Lenovo Laptop Removing the CMOS Battery
IF the above method to reset the BIOS password on Lenovo laptop does not work for you, then you will have to disconnect the DMOS battery inside your Laptop to reset all the data on your BIOS.
Caution: If you open up your Laptop, your manufacturer warranty may void. Do it at your own risk. To dissemble your Laptop, do see the video on YouTube, there are plenty of videos of dissembling different Lenovo laptops.
Follow the instruction below to reset your bios password on your Lenovo laptop. I have used this method on Lenovo ThinkPad as an example.
- Turn off your Lenovo Laptop and disconnect the power source, unplug all the cables and remove the battery if you have the detachable battery system.
- Now, unscrew the bottom of your laptop case.
- Some Lenovo laptop has battery underneath the keyboard so, in such case, you will need to disassemble your motherboard from your laptop case. Else the CMOS battery will be directly underneath the laptop case.
- Now, remove the CMOS battery gently from your Laptop’s motherboard. This will reset BIOS settings to default settings, thereby cleaning the BIOS password.
- Wait for 5 to 10 minutes before plugging the CMOS battery back into the motherboard.
- Now, reassemble the Laptop again and turn on your Laptop.
- Now, press the F1 key repeatedly to get to the BIOS settings without entering the password.
There you go, you have successfully reset the BIOS password removing the CMOS battery.
Method 3: Steps to Reset BIOS Password on Lenovo Laptop By Short-Circuiting SDA and SCL in Security Chip
- To short circuit SDA and SCL, Power off your notebook, then disconnect with all the power source and disassemble your Laptop.
(There is various screw size that holds your laptop housing. So, you will need to keep a note about the screw and screw holes. To do so, you can take a photograph of it.)
- Now, after you disassemble your Lenovo laptop, find the chip. It is on the back of the motherboard. So, turn over the motherboard if you have to by taking it off from its casing. You will see it.
- After your find the SDA and SCL chip, to short circuit the SDA and SCL chip, you will need to power on the motherboard connecting the I/O device like a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. So, connect the I/O device, plug the power cable in and turn on the Laptop.
- As soon as your keyboard backlight or any light turns on, short circuit the SCL and SDA.
- If it goes well, you’ll get into BIOS quickly without asking a password. Otherwise, you will need to try this method several times.
- Reset BIOS password, when you get into your Laptop’s BIOS settings. When it’s unnecessary, you can disable the Supervisor Password on BIOS.
- Finally, press the F10 key to save the change and exit.
- Now, Power off Laptop, reassemble your Laptop after your BIOS password is unlocked successfully.
CMOS De-Animator 3
CMOS De-Animator is a service utility for your system’s CMOS RAM. Unlike its predecessor, the CMOS De-Animator 2.0 includes a graphical user interface making it easy for you to operate; and CMOS-backup options together with the “Clear CMOS” procedure, which was only on the purpose of the original version. So, you can now backup the CMOS settings into a file or restore them afterward. The program supports all of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems except Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51; for these previous programs, you have to utilize De-Animator’s previous version.
CmosPwd decrypts password stored in CMOS used to access the BIOS. The software is also able to save the setup of a BIOS, which protects the data by copying and storing it in a secure place on the hard disk. With CmosPwd, you can even copy, restore, and erase/kill CMOS. CmosPwd is absolutely free; it’s distributed under Open Source GPL. CmosPwd supports the following BIOS:
- ACER/IBM BIOS
- AMI BIOS
- AMI WinBIOS 2.5
- Award 4.5x/4.6x/6.0
- Compaq (1992)
- Compaq (New version)
- IBM (PS/2, Activa, Thinkpad)
- Packard Bell
- Phoenix 1.00.09.AC0 (1994), a486 1.03, 1.04, 1.10 A03, 4.05 rev 1.02.943, 4.06 rev 1.13.1107
- Phoenix 4 release 6 (User)
- Gateway Solo – Phoenix 4.0 release 6
- Zenith AMI
Your Computer’s BIOS is the basic instruction set that assists the computer on how to access its media. If your BIOS is password-protected, you won’t be able to access your computer without the password.
You can set a BIOS password for two different reasons; one to prevent medication of the BIOS and another to completely stop the computer from booting.
I have tried to make it easier for you to understand how you can reset the BIOS password on your Lenovo laptop if you have forgotten one.
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