[VAIO_PC] How to setup/deactivate BIOS password

Please teach me how to set my BIOS password.
I forgot the BIOS password.
Please teach me how to deactivate the BIOS.
Please teach me how to set/deactivate the power on password.

Table of contents
Explanation
Things to Consider Prior to Attempting this Operation
Operation Method

How to set your BIOS passwords
For “Aptio BIOS”
For “Insyde BIOS”
For “Phoenix BIOS

How to deactivate your BIOS passwords
For “Aptio BIOS”
For “Insyde BIOS”
For “Phoenix BIOS”

In cases when you don’t know/have forgotten the BIOS password


Explanation
[About the password that can be set on BIOS] You can set the password by using BIOS function.  Only the user who knows the password can use the PC.
The following are the passwords that can be set using BIOS function.

Machine Password
This is the Administrator password.  With this password, you can control everything in Windows startup and the BIOS menu.

User Password
This is the password for an individual user.  With this password, you can control only parts of Windows startup and you can set up the BIOS menu.

  • The user password cannot be set if the machine password (admin password) is not set.

Once you have set the machine password, the computer will display a screen asking for this password whenever you run Windows Startup and/or the BIOS setup menu.

Cautions
If you forget the machine password, Windows startup or BIOS setup menu cannot be displayed.  Please be careful not to forget the password.

Things to Consider Prior to Attempting this Operation
The procedures and screen structure will vary depending on your BIOS model.  Please check the PC’s BIOS model by the following procedures.

  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 buttons.
    ※ For VJZ12A* series, please press the power button while either pressing the + or – volume buttons
Caution

  • If you start up and change the settings of BIOS setup menu when the computer has been in hibernate mode, the operating system may be unstable. Please do not change BIOS settings during hibernate mode.
  • If you start the BIOS setup menu and change the settings without a complete shut down and restart, the operating system’s functions may be unstable.  Please change the BIOS setting after a complete shutdown.
    You can perform a complete shutdown by choosing “shutdown” while pressing the Shift key when shutting down.

 

  1. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  2. The BIOS setup menu will be displayed.

For “Aptio BIOS”
“Aptio Setup Utility” will be displayed at the top of the screen (see red box in the image).
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For “Insyde BIOS
“InsydeH20 Setup Utility” will be displayed at the top of the screen (see red box in the image).
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For “Phoenix BIOS
“PHOENIX SECURECORE TECHNOLOGY SETUP” will be displayed at the top left of the screen (see red box in the image).
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Operation method
How to set your BIOS password

For “Aptio BIOS”

  • Note: The screen and items displayed may vary depending on the model.
  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 button.
  2. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  3. When the Aptio Setup Utility screen is displayed, press the [→] key and select the Security menu.
  4. Press the [↓] key, and select “Set Machine Password”, and then press the [Enter] key.

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  1. Enter your new password into the “Enter New Password” section and then choose “Confirm New Password”, and press the [Enter] key.

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  1. Once the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  2. Perform the following steps, if needed.
    • If setting up a user password, press the [↓] key, select “Set User Password”, and press the [Enter] key.
    • If not setting up a user password, please proceed to step # 11.
  3. Enter the new password into the “Enter New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  4. Enter the password again in the “Confirm New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  5. Once the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  6. Press the [↓] key, select “Password when Power On”, and press the [Enter] key.
  7. Press the [↓] key, select “Enabled”, and press the [Enter] key.
  8. Press the [→] key and select the “Exit” menu.
  9. Select “Exit Setup” and press the [Enter] key.
  10. When the “Save configuration and reset?” message is displayed, select “YES” and press the [Enter] key.

All operations are now complete.

For “Insyde BIOS

  • Note: The screen and items displayed may vary depending on the model.
  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 button.
  2. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  3. When the InsydeH20 Setup Utility screen is displayed, press the [→] key and select the Security menu.
  4. Press the [↓] key, select “Set Machine Password”, and press the [Enter] key.

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  1. Enter the new password in the “Enter New Password” section and then press the [Enter] key.
  2. Enter the new password again in the “Confirm New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  3. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  4. Perform the following steps, if needed.
    • If you are setting up a new user password, press the [↓] key, select the “Set User Password” option, and press the [Enter] key.
    • If you are not setting up a user password, please proceed to step 12.
  5. Enter the new password in the “Enter New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  6. Enter the new password again in the “Confirm New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  7. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  8. Select “Password when Power On“ and press the [Enter] key.
  9. Press the [↓] key, select “Enabled“, and press the [Enter] key.
  10. Press the [→] key and select “Exit“ menu.
  11. Select “Exit Setup“ and press the [Enter] key.
  12. When the “Save configuration and reset?” message is displayed, select “YES“ and press the [Enter] key.

All operations are now complete.

For “Phoenix BIOS

  • Note: The screen and items displayed may vary depending on the model.  The Phoenix BIOS can be operated with a touchpad or touch panel as well.
  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 button.
    ※For VJZ12A* series, please press the power button while either pressing the + or – volume buttons
  2. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  3. When the “PHOENIX SECURECORE TECHNOLOGY SETUP” screen is displayed, press the [↓] key and select “BIOS Password“ menu, and press the [Enter] key.
  4. Press the [→] key, select “Set Machine Password“, and press the [Enter] key.

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  1. When the “Set Machine Password” message is displayed, enter in the new password in the “Enter New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  2. Enter password again in the “Confirm New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  3. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  4. Perform the following steps, if needed.
    • If you are setting up a new user password, press the [↓] key, select the “Set User Password” option, and press the [Enter] key.
    • If you are not setting up a user password, please proceed to step 12.
  5. When the “Set User Password” message is displayed, enter in the new password in the “Enter New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  6. Enter the new password again in the “Confirm New Password” section and press the [Enter] key.
  7. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, press the [Enter] key.
  8. Press the [↓] key, select “Password when Power On”, and press the [Enter] key.
  9. Press the [↓] key, select “Enabled”, and press the [Enter] key.
  10. Press the [↓] key, select “Exit”, and [Enter] key.
  11. When the “Setup Confirmation” message is displayed, select “Yes” and press the [Enter] key.

All operations are now complete.


How to deactivate password

  • For “Aptio BIOS”
  • Note: The screen and items displayed may vary depending on the model.
  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 button.
  2. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  3. When the “Enter BIOS Password” message is displayed, enter the established password and press the [Enter] key.
  4. When the “Aptio Setup Utility” screen is displayed, press the [→] key and select the Security menu.
  5. Press the [↓] key, select “Set Machine Password“, and press the [Enter] key.
    • If you want to deactivate only the User Password, select “Set User Password“.
  6. Enter in the established password into “Enter Current Password”, and press the [Enter] key.
  7. Press the [Enter] key without entering anything into “Enter New Password” section and then choose the “Confirm New Password” option.
  8. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  9. Select the Exit menu using the [→] key.
  10. Select “Exit Setup” and press the [Enter] key.
  11. When the “Save configuration and reset?” message is displayed, select “YES” and press the [Enter] key.

All operations are now complete.

For “Insyde BIOS

  • Note: The screen and items displayed may vary depending on the model.
  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 button.
  2. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  3. When the “Enter BIOS Password” message is displayed, enter the established password and press the [Enter] key.
  4. When the “InsydeH20 Setup Utility” screen is displayed, press the [→] key and select the Security menu.
  5. Press the [↓] key, select “Set Machine Password”, and press the [Enter] key.
    • If you want to deactivate only the User Password, select “Set User Password”.
  6. When the “Enter Current Password” message is displayed, enter in the established password and press the [Enter] key.
  7. Press the [Enter] key without entering anything into the “Enter New Password” section and then choose the “Confirm New Password” option.
  8. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, select “Continue” and press the [Enter] key.
  9. Select the Exit menu using the [→] key.
  10. Select “Exit Setup” and press the [Enter] key.
  11. When the “Save configuration and reset?” message is displayed, select “YES” and press the [Enter] key.

All operations are now complete.

For “Phoenix BIOS

  • Note: The screen and items displayed may vary depending on the model. The Phoenix BIOS can be operated with touchpad or touch panel as well.
  1. While the power is turned off, press the power button while either pressing the F3 or F4 button.
    ※For VJZ12A* series, please press the power button while either pressing the + or – volume buttons
  2. When the VAIO rescue mode screen is displayed, choose either “startup BIOS setup” or “display BIOS setup menu”.
  3. When the “Password Login” message is displayed, enter the established password and press the [Enter] key.
  4. When the “PHEONIX SECURECORE TECHNOLOGY SETUP” screen is displayed, press the [↓] key, select the BIOS Password menu, and press the [Enter] key.
  5. Press the [→] key, select “Set Machine Password”, and press the [Enter] key.
    • If you want to deactivate only the User Password, select “Set User Password”.
  6. When the “Enter Current Password” message is displayed, enter in the established password and press the [Enter] key.
  7. Press the [Enter] key without entering anything into the “Enter New Password” section and then choose the “Confirm New Password” option.
  8. When the “Changes have been saved” message is displayed, press the [Enter] key.
  9. Press the [↓] key, select “Exit”, and press the [Enter] key.
  10. When the “Setup Confirmation” message is displayed, select “Yes” and press the [Enter] key.

All operations are now complete.