How to Remove a BIOS Password on a Dell Inspiron 1501

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How to Remove a BIOS Password on a Dell Inspiron 1501
A BIOS password keeps users from logging into the BIOS menu (login image by Edvin selimovic from Fotolia.com)

Critical system settings, such as the hardware boot order or the internal speed of your memory modules, is stored in the BIOS menu. To keep your Dell Inspiron 1501 safe from harm, the laptop includes a BIOS password option that restricts anyone from loading the BIOS menu. It only takes a few minutes to remove the BIOS password if you no longer need the extra security feature or are afraid you might forget the password.

Skill level:
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Things you need

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Transfer any critically important data from your Inspiron 1501 to a storage device such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive. Remove the storage device and then turn off the Dell laptop.

  2. 2

    Power on the Dell Inspiron 1501. Repeatedly tap "F2" as the laptop boots up until the Dell BIOS menu appears on the screen.

  3. 3

    Type in the 1501's current BIOS password in the text box. Tap "Enter" to access the BIOS options.

  4. 4

    Access the BIOS tab named "Security" and then navigate to the entry named "Set Supervisor Password." Press "Enter" open the option.

  5. 5

    Type the 1501's existing BIOS password in the text box and then tap "Enter." Press the "Enter" key a second time without typing in a replacement password to remove the existing BIOS password.

  6. 6

    Press "F10" to bring up the BIOS exit menu. Scroll to the "Yes" entry and press "Enter" to save the BIOS changes and restart the Dell Inspiron 1501.

Tips and warnings

  • If you also have a user password set on the Dell Inspiron 1501, which prevents anyone from accessing the operating system, you can delete it by selecting the "Clear User Password" entry in the "Security" menu.
  • Entering the BIOS password incorrectly three times in a row will permanently lock you out of the Dell Inspiron 1501's BIOS menu. You must already know the existing BIOS password for your Dell Inspiron 1501 in order to remove it from the laptop. If you want to remove the password but have forgotten it, you will need to call Dell's support line for help.

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