How to Reset the Supervisor Password on an IBM ThinkPad

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How to Reset the Supervisor Password on an IBM ThinkPad
Strengthen privacy settings by occasionally changing the supervisor password on a ThinkPad. (padlock image by kshishtof from

It's always a good idea to password-protect your IBM ThinkPad, but it's also important to change your password occasionally to protect your data and sensitive files. This will make it harder for hackers to get into your system or for others to learn your password. Fortunately, IBM provides a simple way for you to reset the supervisor password on a ThinkPad, so this task can be completed in a few minutes.

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  1. 1

    Turn off the IBM ThinkPad and leave it off for at least five seconds.

  2. 2

    Press the power button on the ThinkPad while pressing the "F1" key. Wait for the ThinkPad to boot and display the "Easy Setup" screen.

  3. 3

    Type the current supervisor password in the pop-up field when prompted, then press the "Enter" key.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Password" icon in the Easy Setup utility menu window, then click the "Supervisor" icon. Enter the current password and press the space bar.

  5. 5

    Enter the new supervisor password into the field when prompted. Press the "Enter" key.

  6. 6

    Confirm the new supervisor password by typing it again, then press the "Enter" key. The new supervisor password is active now and the older password is no longer valid.

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