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hp elitebook bios settings password override and reset

if you dont know your hp elitebook bios password there is a way override it without needing to reset it

if the VT , VT for direct I/O, HT options are disabled in your hp elitebook bios you can still change them by downloading hp performance advisor !

inside hp performance advisor there are then some options that let you change your bios settings without any bios password

hp preformance advisor


accessing #windows10 #uefi #bios settings now takes 10 mouse clicks

In windows 10 your uefi bios settings are no longer accessed via ESC,F1, F2, F10 or F12 instead you need to boot into windows 10 first then click

  • windows start (yes its back ! yay!)
  • settings
  • update & security
  • recovery
  • advanced start up | restart now
  • troubleshoot
  • advanced options
  • uefi firmware settings
  • restart

once you have done all this you should see the UEFI BIOS screen you used to get when pressing F1 etc

howto install WXP SP2 on a SATA HDD thanks to @morgancomputers

You can only install windows xp service pack 2 (wxp sp2) on a SATA HDD if your BIOS lets you change HDD mode to SATA Compatability from SATA AHCI.

If you BIOS doesnt let you do this you have have to use a windows xp service pack 3 (wxp sp3) dvd instead  which does support SATA AHCI.

After installing wxp sp2 you can then go back into the BIOS and change the HDD mode back to SATA AHCI

Many thanks to @morgancomputers tech support for explaining this all to me

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Why an IBM ThinkPad X20 BIOS update took me five days


  • my docking station DVD is dead
  • see that floppy and non-floppy BIOS updates  are available
  • BOTH are .EXEs
  • download BIOS updates
  • one is bigger than 1.4M so it won't fit on a floppy !
  • build W2K VM
  • download floppy .EXE
  • discover it's an OS-2 .EXE !!!
  • built a W98 HD on a IBM ThinkPad T20
  • swapped HDs (using screwdriver)
  • W98 didn't recognise network card and asked to insert W98 CD
  • swapped HDs
  • added W98 directory from CD
  • swapped HDs
  • W98 still didn't reconise network card
  • plugged in external USB DVD
  • asked to insert driver CD
  • [i don't have a working CD which is why I am using USB DVD] 
  • swapped HDs
  • build W2K HD (including copies of W2K CD and USB DVD CD)
  • onboard network still not dected !
  • insert 3COM PCMCIA network card
  • install 3COM driveres
  • download non-floppy BIOS updates onto HD
  • swapped HDs

  • swapped HDs

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