How To Password Protect The Dell XPS 15 9560 UEFI BIOS Without Triggering An Boot Password Prompt

Don’t be foolish enough to do this how-to without writing down your password.

When I first set an admin password for my XPS 15, I suddenly found myself having to enter a password in order to boot the laptop.  This is not what I wanted.  What I wanted was to restrict access to the UEFI BIOS setup, but not require a password prompt for booting the laptop.  Here is the how-to on how to set this up to restrict access to the UEFI BIOS setup via F2 or Windows Settings/Update Tile/Recovery option on the left hand column.  I have to give credit where credit is due,  user

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  1. Open Windows Settings and choose Update & Security.  windows-settings
  2. In the left hand column, choose Recovery and on the right hand pane, under Advance Startup, select Restart now.  windows-settings-recovery-restart
  3. Your XPS 15 9560 will now reboot into a screen called “Choose an option”.  Select “Troubleshoot”.  choose-an-option
  4. Now we will be on a screen called “Troubleshoot”.  Select “Advance options”.  troubleshoot
  5. Now we are on a screen called “Advance options”.  Select “UEFI Firmware Settings”.  advance-options
  6. Now we are on a screen called “UEFI Firmware Settings”.  Select “Restart”.  uefi-settings
  7. Now we are on the default start page for the Dell XPS 15 9560 UEFI BIOS setup screen.  Nothing to do here, just look.  Move on to step 8.  uefi-start-page
  8. On the left hand side column, select security, then select Admin Password.  This is a wide screenshot showing the whole monitor.  Go to step 9, where we see the password fields up close.  admin
  9. On the right pane window, enter your password and click OK and click apply.  Make it at least 8 characters long and one uppercase and one lowercase and one number and one special character.  Don’t forget your password!!!  I strongly urge you to write it down on three pieces of paper and put them in three locations or use a password that you’ve used for years and that your family knows as well.  Here’s a closeup screenshot.  admin-right
  10. Next, click on the System Password in the left hand column pane.  Here’s another wide shot.  system
  11. Here’s a close up of the System Password pane on the right window.  Enter your System Password and click OK and click apply.  system-right
  12. In the left hand column select Admin Setup Lockout.  Tick the box in the right side window pane that says “Enable Admin Setup Lockout”, click apply.  admin-setup-lockout
  13. Click “Exit” and reboot the computer.  You may have to enter some passwords for booting the laptop.  That’s OK.  We’ll take care of that now.
  14. Boot into Windows.  Begin this whole process over again.  When entering your passwords, enter your admin password.  This time leaving everything else alone, just go straight for the System Password, and enter your current password in the current password box, and leave the 2 new password fields blank, click OK, and then apply, and the current password field should change to not set.  This should clear the boot password prompt, but leave the UEFI BIOS setup access password intact.
  15. Click “Exit”, and reboot into Windows.  Once into Windows, shutdown the computer for 1 minute, and then turn it on, and boot into Windows.  There should be no Boot password prompt.
  16. Reboot again, and try to access the UEFI BIOS via F2, and you should be greeted by a password prompt that can only be unlocked by your admin password.
  17. Reboot again into Windows.  In Windows go into the Settings then Update, and Security, and the Recovery option, and then Advance option, and reboot that way, and try to get to the UEFI BIOS like I showed you in this tutorial.

Hopefully everything has worked out for you, and that you were not foolish enough to do this how-to without writing down your password.

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