Windows 10: mystery password


  1. Posts : 529
    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       26 Apr 2015 #1

    mystery password


    I've just switched on the pc with W10 on it and a black screen appeared with "enter current password " in white lettering. Confused, I tapped in my W10 logon password and went straight into the BIOS. Funny thing is the BIOS password is nothing like the Windows one.
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  2.    26 Apr 2015 #2

    It will be better to provide us with a screenshot, if possible.

    When the black screen appeared? During BIOS posting?
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  3. Posts : 529
    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
    Thread Starter
       27 Apr 2015 #3

    I've just had a closer look at what happened, the first episode went to the BIOS password screen without my having touched anything but the on switch. I had turned away from the screen during bootup and thought I was looking at a new Microsoft security feature. The set BIOS password has six characters and the W10 password has the same six starting plus another seven. I recon that the BIOS can only run to six digits max and that any extra added before hitting the enter key will not prevent the BIOS from opening. I ran a check which has proved this, although why it entered the BIOS setup screen is a mystery.
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  4. Posts : 8,169
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       27 Apr 2015 #4

    Sometimes if you have an overclock failure or it detects a bad bios setting it will send you straight to BIOS to fix it.
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