Vostro 5501 Setup and specifications guide

Password

Table 1. SecurityThe table describes the security configuration information.
Option Description
Admin Password

Allows you to set, change, or delete the administrator (admin) password.

The entries to set password are:

  • Enter the old password:
  • Enter the new password:

Press Enter once you enter the new password and again press Enter to confirm the new password.

NOTE: Deleting the admin password deletes the system password (if set). The admin password can also be used to delete hard drive password. For this reason, you cannot set an admin password if a system password or hard drive password is set. Hence, an admin password has to be set first if the admin password has to be used with system password and/or hard drive password.
System Password

Allows you to set, change, or delete the system password.

The entries to set password are:

  • Enter the old password:
  • Enter the new password:

Press Enter once you enter the new password and again press Enter to confirm the new password.

Password Configuration

Allows you to configure a password.

Upper Case Letter
When enabled, this field reinforces password must contain at least one upper capital letter.
Lower Case Letter
When enabled, this field reinforces password must contain at least one lower capital letter.
Digit
When enabled, this field reinforces password must contain at least one-digit number.
Special Character
When enabled, this field reinforces password must contain at least one special character.
NOTE: These options by default are disabled.
Minimum Characters
Defines the number of characters allowed for a password. Min = 4
Password Bypass

Allows you to bypass the System password and the Internal hard drive password, when it is set, during a system restart.

The options are:

  • Disabled—This option is enabled by default.
  • Reboot bypass
Password Changes

Allows you to change the system password and hard drive password without the need of administrator password.

Enable Non-Admin Password Changes - By default, this option is disabled.

Admin Setup Lockout

Allows the administrator to control how the user can access BIOS setup.

Enable Admin Setup Lockout - By default, this option is disabled.

NOTE:
  • If the admin password is set and Enable Admin Setup Lockoutis enabled, you cannot view the BIOS setup (using F2 or F12) without the admin password.
  • If the admin password is set and Enable Admin Setup Lockoutis disabled, the BIOS setup can be entered and items that are viewed in Locked mode.
Master Password Lockout

Allows you to disable master password support.

Enable Master Password Lockout - By default, this option is disabled.

NOTE: The Hard Disk password has to be cleared before the settings can be changed.

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