Set BIOS NUMLOCK state at “on” HP clients

Issue:

The NumLock state was “off” when powering on a HP client. This setting should be set to ‘on’

for more than 700 HP clients.

Solution:

Download the latest version of HP BIOS Configuration Utility,

http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp70501-71000/sp70648.exe

Install the package on a computer. By default it’s installed in this folder:

C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS Configuration Utility\

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Start a command prompt…

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To set the state of NumLock at Power-on to “On”, execute the following command:

C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS Configuration Utility\BiosConfigUtility.exe /setvalue:"Num Lock State at Power-On","On"

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If the BIOS is password protected, you need the password file which contains the BIOS password.

To create a file with the password, execute the following command:

HPQPswd /f:”YOURPASSWORDFILE.bin” /p:”password”

This creates a .bin file which is located “C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS Configuration Utility”.

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To set the state of NumLock at Power-on to “On”, and the BIOS is password protected, execute:

BiosConfigUtility.exe /cpwdfile:"YOURPASSWORDFILE.bin" /setvalue:"Num Lock State at Power-On","On"

To check if the setting is applied:

BiosConfigUtility.exe /getvalue:”Num Lock State at Power-On"

The result should be:

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If you use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), you need the executables to set

the setting remotely. Make sure you have the executables and the password file at the distribution

points.

Create a .cmd file with the following content.

@ECHO OFF

"%~DP0BiosConfigUtility.exe" /cpwdfile:"YOURPASSWORDFILE.bin" /setvalue:"Num Lock State at Power-On","On"

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