How to Reset BIOS Password on HP ProBook and EliteBook Laptops
If you have forgotten or lost the BIOS password on your HP ProBook or EliteBook laptop, you may not be able to access the BIOS settings or boot your system. This can be a serious problem if you need to make changes to the BIOS configuration or troubleshoot your laptop. Fortunately, there is a way to reset the BIOS password using a utility called HPBR.
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What is HPBR?
HPBR stands for HP BIOS Password Reset. It is a utility that can generate a special file called SMC.bin, which can be used to unlock the BIOS password on HP laptops. The SMC.bin file is customized for each laptop model and serial number, so it cannot be used on other laptops. The utility can also create a bootable USB flash drive or hard disk drive that can run the SMC.bin file automatically.
How to use HPBR?
To use HPBR, you need to have another computer that can run Windows and has a USB port or a SATA connector. You also need to download the HPBR utility from [this link] or [this link]. The utility is provided by a third-party developer named Mazzif, who is not affiliated with HP. Use this utility at your own risk and follow the instructions carefully.
Here are the steps to use HPBR:
Extract the HPBR.zip file to a folder on your computer.
Run the USB Image Tool.exe program in the folder.
Insert a blank USB flash drive or connect an empty hard disk drive to your computer.
Select the USB flash drive or hard disk drive from the list of devices in the program.
Click on the Options tab and check the box for Show non-removable devices.
Click on the Restore tab and browse for the HPUSBFW.img file in the folder.
Click on Restore and wait for the process to finish.
Remove the USB flash drive or hard disk drive from your computer.
Insert the USB flash drive or hard disk drive into the locked HP laptop.
Turn on the laptop and press F9 to enter the boot menu.
Select the USB flash drive or hard disk drive as the boot device and press Enter.
The laptop will boot into DOS mode and run the HPBR program automatically.
Type 1 and press Enter to select First Run.
Type the number that corresponds to your laptop model and press Enter. For example, type 20 for EliteBook 8440p.
The program will generate an SMC.bin file and save it to C:\\OUTPUT folder.
The program will reboot the laptop and run again.
Type 2 and press Enter to select Second Run.
The program will load the SMC.bin file from C:\\OUTPUT folder and apply it to your laptop.
The program will display a message that says SMC Command success.
The program will reboot the laptop again and clear the BIOS password.
You should now be able to access the BIOS settings or boot your system without entering a password. If you want to set up a new BIOS password, you can do so in the Security tab of the BIOS menu. Remember to write down your password somewhere safe or use a password manager program.
In this article, we have shown you how to reset the BIOS password on HP ProBook and EliteBook laptops using a utility called HPBR. This utility can generate a customized SMC.bin file that can unlock the BIOS password on your laptop. You need to create a bootable USB flash drive or hard disk drive that can run the SMC.bin file automatically. Follow the steps carefully and use this utility at your own risk. We hope this article was helpful for you. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.