Format HD - Reinstall Win XP - Will I require Dell Bios PW again?

By haggispie ยท 4 replies
Jul 1, 2006
  1. Hi,

    I've got a Dell Latitude 410 and I want to re-format HD and reinstall my win xp, but I'm concerned that as its a Dell I will end up with the Bios Password problem? Can anyone confirm that a re-format and install will be ok?

  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    If you are able to boot off of the cd then there is no need for you to go into the bios. If you need to change the boot sequence then you will need to get into the bios and change the boot order.
  3. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    You could also remove the bios password during your installation and replace it after you are happy with the install.
  4. haggispie

    haggispie TS Rookie Topic Starter



    Thanks for the replies but I'm a bit of a novice and I'm not sure what you mean?

    Will my Dell require this service key password if I format HD, or is the Bios thingy remain unchanged?

  5. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    I mean you enter the Bios Setup pages .... go to the Security page and remove any password set there/ or simply do not enter a password for the bios setup area/ or uncheck any box that setups the Bios Password.
    I do not know which Setup you have , but they all give you an option to use/or not use a security password.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...