The final steps are just removing the login. The system will create a new file on the next startup. The reboot command just restarts the computer and gets you out of Single-User mode the Unix-y stuff on screen.
Halfway through setup assistant the computer hangs. Any ideas? AppleSetupDone shutdown -h now. The rm command produced some error I think, like a bad domain or path. Have you any recommendations to troubleshoot this further? I would recommend booting into Single-user mode by holding down command-S at startup.
Try booting from an installation disc and reset the password that way, or reinstall the operating system to fix any system errors. Hi, need help. I was ok until it asked for new password. Is there a way to get around this and start over? Your help is greatly appreciated. You can not delete the admin account, there must be one on the system.
This method will allow you to reset the admin password, but if you are not the admin i. Big man, Im sorry but im alittle confused on the excact inputs I should be using, looking at everyones is making me confused. Nothing will show on screen while you are typing the new password.
Just type it slow and carefully. Thank you so much! This saved me time and money; and was super easy! Easy to use. Thanks Big Mac!
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These commands will only work on Mac OS X There are separate command for Not sure it can be done on any earlier Mac OS. We purchased a laptop for someone in our business.
They have left on not so good terms. Does this work for my circumstance? Hit Enter after retyping new password and then type:. VERY bad idea. The command key is the same as the Apple-key. You need to be pressing command-S at startup, not while the computer is running.
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Once it comes up in all text on screen, you are in single-user mode. Follow the directions for resetting the password you might want to print them out first. The command on that line should be entered as follows assuming your username was veena, then : passwd veena. The command is mount, not munt. I entered new user information and everything working now. Glad to hear it, but I think you should change that password after posting it on the internet.
I bought an used but almost new Imac 27 i5. With the help of above mentioned method I made my own account succesfull and deleted his. I cant rename them or even replace because it says I dont have the permissions. My total folder structure is placed in root Documents folder and in the filefolder options I can still see the name of the deleted account.
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Even when I change the right to fully read and write it is still not possible to chang anything. How is it possible that in the documents info the already deleted account still excists and can it be changed? Sorry for any mistake in language and thanks for any suggestions. It sounds like you have permissions turned on with the external hard drive.
I seem to be in the same boat as everyone else in this forum! Let me clarify…I can get into the MAC computer.
Is there any other easier, full-safe way to do this, meaning to change the administrator password WITHOUT having to do go through all of the steps above? Yes, use the installation discs that came with the computer. I have the installation disc that came with the computer and I am trying to reset my password with the disk but it will not let me!
I press C when the computer boots up like it says to do but nothing happens!? Follow the steps in this post to reset the password without the disc. Just wanted to leave my thanks also for this clear and painless fix to a forgotten admin password. Great post. Does this work on lion? Tried the launchctl line but got an error message saying that the subcommand is unknown.
A Reset Password Utility should open at that point. Does this works for the OS and the comp? I know it worked on my Mac book air a few months ago. That method should work as well, but keep in mind, that it creates a new account on your computer. Your information and files will still be in the old account. AppleSetupDone it says no such file or directory. It automatically logs me in as what I believe must have been a student account with limited access.
Any thoughts? Otherwise, contact the school where you purchased it. What do to go about this? Thank a ton! Okay I really need some help here. Is it possible that terminal might have been turned off by an admin. I have no idea what to do please help. It is possible that someone set a firmware password on the machine. Removing the RAM chips should reset the firmware password. Hi I tried the method above it kind of worked. It keeps booting up as if it were a new iMac i insert the details to register once completed it keeps going back to the welcome screen.
I cant get it to go to the login screen. The letter S on your keyboard. Just hold it and the command key down while the computer turns on, until you see text on the screen. I need help… When i turn off and turn on my computer while holding the apple key plus S it just takes me to the screen where i type in my password. Hey I have 2 Macbooks and I only have 1 disc because I lost the other one.