Generic BIOS password listings

If a BIOS or CMOS password is forgotten, in some cases it may be possible to use a generic BIOS password to bypass the unknown password. By using a generic BIOS password, you may be able to change the password to a different password. Below is a listing of generic passwords for each of the major BIOS manufacturers.

Note: The brand of your computer is not the BIOS manufacturer. You need to determine what BIOS your computer's motherboard has by checking with the manufacturer of your computer. You may also be able to find the BIOS chip on the motherboard and see if it lists the manufacturer on it.

Tip: With today's computers, it is easier to reset the BIOS or CMOS password using a jumper instead of going through and trying all the below passwords.

AMI BIOS

A.M.I.
AMI
AMI_SW
AMI?SW
BIOS
HEWLITT RAND
LKWPETER
PASSWORD
Oder

Award BIOS

01322222
589589
589721
595595
598598
aLLy
aLLY
ALLY
ALFAROME
aPAf
_award
AWARD SW
AWARD PW
AWARD_SW
AWARD?SW
AWKWARD
BIOSTAR
CONCAT
Condo
d8on
djonet
HLT
J64
J256
J262
j332
j322
KDD
LKWPETER
lkwpeter
PINT
pint
SER
SKY_FOX
SYXZ
TTPTHA
ZAAADA
ZBAAACA
ZJAAADC

Russian Award Passwords

% p%
% p%

IBM Aptiva BIOS

Press both mouse buttons repeatedly during the boot

Phoenix BIOS

phoenix

Other BIOS

ALFAROME
BIOSTAR
biostar
biosstar
CMOS
cmos
LKWPETER
lkwpeter
setup
SETUP
Syxz
Wodj

Some computers with a Toshiba BIOS

Hold down the Shift key as the computer is booting.

Additional information

  • See our password definition for further information and related links on this term.