How to Reset the Toshiba Tecra M2 Challenge Code

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If your Toshiba Tecra M2 contains sensitive data, or if your notebook will be in a public location where you want additional security, you may want to use security features such as a challenge code to protect your files. The Tecra M2 model has two separate types of challenge codes to keep unwanted users from accessing your operating system. The procedure for resetting the current challenge code to a new code is different depending on whether you are using a BIOS password or the standard Windows password.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    BIOS Password

  1. 1

    Click "Start" and select the "Shut Down" option to turn off the Tecra's operating system. Tap the power button to start the operating system boot up process.

  2. 2

    Press "Escape" repeatedly throughout the boot up procedure until the "Check System Then press (F1) Key" message appears on the screen. Tap the "F1" key to access the BIOS menu.

  3. 3

    Enter your current challenge code and press "Enter." Tap the "Tab" key until you reach the "Password" entry. Use the down arrow key to highlight the "Registered" entry. Press the "Spacebar" key.

  4. 4

    Type the Tecra M2's existing challenge code in the text box on the screen and tap "Enter." Type the new challenge code you want to use in the next text box and hit "Enter." Leave the box blank if you want to remove the challenge code entirely.

  5. 5

    Hit the "End" key and tap "Y" to save the reset challenge code and restart the Tecra's operating system.

    Operating System Password

  1. 1

    Tap the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keyboard keys at the same time to bring up a new menu screen. Click the "Change a Password" button in the list of options.

  2. 2

    Enter your current challenge code in the "Old Password" field. Hit the "Tab" key and type your new challenge code in the "New Password" field. Tap "Tab" again to move down to the next text box.

  3. 3

    Type your new password again to confirm the new challenge code you want to use. Tap the "Enter" key or click the blue arrow button to rest your operating system's challenge code.

Tips and warnings

  • Resetting the BIOS password challenge code isn't possible if you don't know the existing challenge code. Contact Toshiba directly for additional support if you have forgotten the BIOS password challenge code.

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