Reset Lenovo T61 manageability settings to factory defaults

When you lose/forget the ME/AMT password, only way to recover from the situation is to reset the settings to factory defaults. Depending on the OEM/BIOS implementations, the path to factory defaults varies.

Lets take a look at how we can achieve this on a Lenovo T61 laptop. The following steps worked for me.

  • Power on the system and during the boot up, holding onto F1 key will let you into BIOS.

  • Once you are in the BIOS, browse to Config->Intel AMT

  • Change the Intel AMT settings to "disabled", save the settings and exit

  • After the BIOS settings are saved, the system will automatically reboot

  • On the power up, you will see a message about finishing the unconfiguration of AMT, do you want to continue (Yes/NO) -- Select Yes

  • This will unconfigure all of AMT/ME settings and all the passwords are reset

  • You will need to enter BIOS again, browse to Config->Intel AMT, change Intel AMT setting to "Enabled"

  • After the BIOS settings are saved, next time when the system is powering up, you will need to hit "ctrl-P" to configure ME/AMT again.

  • This time you will be using the default ME password ("admin")

  • You know the drill from here :-)

If there are any further questions, feel free to post your questions on the manageability forum.
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