How can I find the BIOS password to a HP laptop?

marsbars06 April 21, 2012
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I have been trying to set up a VMWare virtual machine of Mac OS X Lion on my Windows 7 HP laptop. I got to the stage where it told me I had to go into the BIOS and enable Virtualization. I tried this and I couldn’t get the password. Is there any easy way to get the password? I heard of the way that you go into the HD etc. I don’t want to do that.

Are there any safe, simple ways to get into the BIOS? Or is there another way to enable Virtualization that does not require access to the BIOS?


  1. Aaron
    November 3, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I was in the same boat as you; looked around the internet for ours then came across software that actually worked for me and i made a guide:

  2. MZ
    October 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Hi, did you find a solution? I have exactly the same problem (I have a CD-ROM device). Thanks for any response.


  3. marsbars06
    April 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Haha. Thanks, virtualization is not enabled as checked with the program.

  4. Waltonjames18
    April 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    hions boot cd

  5. james walton
    April 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    birons boot cd

  6. alan freeman
    April 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I was trying to use VMware on my 5 yr old Toshiba laptop. After further investigation, I found virtualisation is not supported. You have to have a new-ish machine for it to be supported.

    • Mars Bars
      April 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Yes I do have a new machine though. It is a HP ProBook 5230m. It does support Virtualization as I checked it in the Intel information tool. I just can't turn it on :S Haha

      • MZ
        October 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

        I have HP ProBook 6460b and got exactely the same problem as you describe. Did you find a solution? Thanks.


  7. Oron Joffe
    April 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    marsbars06, Bruce Epper's solution is the best one. I service PCs regularly, and if I need to find out what the BIOS password is, that's the first step I take - go to the manual and check! If the password has been changed, then the Hiren's Boot CD method is usually effective.

    • marsbars06
      April 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion. I don't really want to open up my laptop so that is not an option. I looked at the Hirens method and other programs that did the same but 1. My computer has no optical drive and 2. You need access to the BIOS in order to enable booting from USB so that you can crack the BIOS :/ So... I don't think it's going to work. Any other suggestions would be appreciated ;)

    • Susendeep Dutta
      April 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Click on the link below and try the method mentioned under section "By Using MS DOS Command" -

      • marsbars06
        April 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        Thanks. I tried that command and then rebooted into BIOS and I was still asked for a password. Do I have to do something else after the commands?

        • Susendeep Dutta
          April 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

          Is your BIOS is of UEFI one i.e. you can use the BIOS with the mouse and has good graphical interface?

          Usually,laptop manufacturers makes bypass of BIOS password hard to go in such systems.I have searched more places for your problem but couldn't find any more.

          I think that you must visit HP store to remove your BIOS password so that you can enjoy USB booting and hardware virtualization.

  8. Susendeep Dutta
    April 21, 2012 at 4:46 am

    How to Bypass or Remove a BIOS Password -

    The above link has mentioned many methods to fix your problem.

    • Mars Bars
      April 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Thanks for the suggestion. I want to try the second way with !BIOS software but I don't know where I can find the BIOS manufacturer. I rebooted and it doesn't say. I went to system information and it doesn't say. Do you know how to find this information so I can try using the program?

      • Susendeep Dutta
        April 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

         You can use Speccy software to know the name of BIOS -

        It presents BIOS information under Motherboard section.

        • Mars Bars
          April 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

          Great thanks. Problem is it says my BIOS manufacturer is Hewlett-Packard which is nowhere in !BIOS or on any other site describing BIOS manufacturers. Hmmm. I think I'm stuck

        • Susendeep Dutta
          April 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

           If you don't want to remove the CMOS battery to reset the password,then all you are left with is to apply software solution.

          If you want quick and simple solution then you can use -

          BIOS/CMOS Password Recovery Tool ($24.95) -

          Another tool is CmosPwd -

          Note :-After using CmosPwd,you will need to set the BIOS settings - Boot order, Date, time.

          Another method is to use Hiren's Boot CD -

          You need to burn it in CD or you can create a bootable USB of this tool.

          The video shows how to use it -

          How to remove a Bios Password using the Hiren's BootCD 15.1-

        • marsbars06
          April 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

          Wow thanks for all the ideas. Nothing is going right for me in this. I had a look at all the suggestions and in order to boot via USB (laptop has no optical drive) I have to have access to the BIOS to activate this feature :/ So I don't know what to do. Am I looking at this the wrong way? Thanks for all your help so far! ;)

  9. Bruce Epper
    April 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Hardware virtualization needs to be enabled and the only way to do that is via the BIOS.  There are software tools available that can tell you if it is enabled, but cannot simply enable it through this software.  What you will need to do is visit the HP support site (, search for your laptop model and find the instructions for resetting the BIOS (may be referred to as CMOS on the site) in order to get rid of the BIOS password.  It may involve partial disassembly of the laptop to get to the necessary battery or jumper (if that model has one).

    • Mars Bars
      April 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

      Thanks for the suggestion but I talked to somebody online and they said I need to take the computer to a service centre which is ridiculous! Why does it have to be so difficult?! Arrggh

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