This document applies to HP notebook computers with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Using a password can protect your information from unauthorized use. However, using the incorrect password, or forgetting your password, can prevent you from accessing your computer. To promote security, you can set your computer to require that you enter a password before accessing files.
Multiple levels of password security are built into your HP computer:
Windows password: Using this password prevents unauthorized access to the operating system and programs.
Windows Administrator password (or an account with administrator privileges): Using this password allows you to access and change most, but not all, of the settings that affect other accounts.
Power-On password: Using this password provides additional protection if you use your computer in public places. If you lose your computer or it is stolen, the computer can only be opened by someone who knows the password.
DriveLock password: Using this password protects the data on your hard drive through encryption.
This document explains the levels of password security, how to set up passwords and power-on passwords, how to use DriveLock passwords, how to change passwords from the administrator account, and how to create and use a password reset disc.