How to Reset a Forgotten Dell Administrator BIOS Password

BIOS passwords are a convenient way to secure a computer, but unlike most Internet passwords, they are impossible to recover. Maybe you inherited a Dell from a family member and do not know the password, or perhaps you own the computer and forgot the password. Regardless of the situation, resetting a Dell BIOS password is a simple process. Although it does require opening the computer, no knowledge of PC repair is necessary.

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Resetting the BIOS password requires access to the motherboard.

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Unplug the Dell and hold the power button for 10 seconds. This will ensure no electricity remains inside the PC and protect you from electric shock.

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Always unplug computers before performing internal maintenance.

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Remove the side panel from the computer. You will see the motherboard. To reset the password, you will need to reset the motherboard.

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The CMOS battery on a Dell motherboard is often located near the PCI slots.

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Find the CMOS battery. It is a silver disk about the size of a quarter. Its location varies by Dell model, but it is often located near the white PCI slots.

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Use a small flathead screwdriver to remove the battery.

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Pry the CMOS battery out with a small flathead screwdriver. Wait a few minutes and replace it. This will reset all motherboard settings, including the password. Put the cover back on the computer.