Dell OptiPlex 3020–Mini Tower Owner's Manual

Assigning a System Password and Setup Password

You can assign a new System Password and/or Setup Password or change an existing System Password and/or Setup Password only when Password Status is Unlocked. If the Password Status is Locked, you cannot change the System Password.

  • NOTE: If the password jumper is disabled, the existing System Password and Setup Password is deleted and you need not provide the system password to log on to the computer.
To enter a system setup, press <F2> immediately after a power-on or re-boot.
  1. In the System BIOS or System Setup screen, select System Security and press <Enter>. The System Security screen appears.
  2. In the System Security screen, verify that Password Status is Unlocked.
  3. Select System Password , enter your system password, and press <Enter> or <Tab>. Use the following guidelines to assign the system password:
    • A password can have up to 32 characters.
    • The password can contain the numbers 0 through 9.
    • Only lower case letters are valid, upper case letters are not allowed.
    • Only the following special characters are allowed: space, (”), (+), (,), (-), (.), (/), (;), ([), (\), (]), (`).
    Re-enter the system password when prompted.
  4. Type the system password that you entered earlier and click OK.
  5. Select Setup Password, type your system password and press <Enter> or <Tab>. A message prompts you to re-type the setup password.
  6. Type the setup password that you entered earlier and click OK.
  7. Press <Esc> and a message prompts you to save the changes.
  8. Press <Y> to save the changes. The computer reboots.

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