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Enabling Password Entry During POST from prior power-on session

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021311D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-13

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method which enables booting of an OS that is password protected across multiple power-off to power-on transitions. There is no secure manner in which to transfer an Operating System (OS) user password from one power-up session on a computer to the next power-up session in order to allow a PC to wake up after being put to sleep and boot the OS without the physical presence of a user with knowledge of the required passwords. This invention provides a method and system that enables the capability to store a password or passwords securely and at the next power up, BIOS will be able to retrieve the stored passwords and enter the password as though they have been typed at the attached keyboard.