This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows 7 and 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 login: Using this password prevents unauthorized access to the operating system and programs.
Windows Administrator login (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 login: 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.
Drive Lock login: Using this password protects the data on your hard drive through encryption.
note:During the log-in process, you must enter a password for each security level that you enabled on the computer. It is a good idea to write down all of your passwords and keep them in a secure place away from the computer.
This document explains the levels of password security, how to set up passwords and power-on passwords, how to use drive-lock passwords, how to change passwords from the administrator account, and how to create and use a password reset disc.