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Trouble changing password

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rainsayre Calculating status...
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Apr 21, 2012 5:24 AM

I have had individual accounts for each of my children and myself. Yesterday I tried to change the password to my account (I told my oldest my password a few weeks ago and he's been using my account instead of his lately). I went to System Preferences, then to Accounts. I clicked on the little lock on the lower left and typed in my old password. The lock unlocked. Then I clicked on Change Password. I typed in my old password, then my new password twice. It told me that the old password (which I had just used to unlock the lock!) was no good! I tried several other possible passwords in case they are different passwords and nothing is working. Is it possible that older son messed around with my account? Yes, I would not put it past him. But what do I do, to change the password if it's telling me I don't know the old password!!!! Help! And I noticed this morning that my account is no longer password-protected. I just click on my name and it automatically opens. I don't know if this is because I tried unsuccessfully to change the password or because son has been messing around with that too. Ugh. Please help. Thank you.


  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Apr 21, 2012 6:20 AM (in response to rainsayre)

    You didn't say which operating system you are using, so ...


    If OS X 10.6 or earlier, see


    If 10.7, see

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Apr 21, 2012 12:50 PM (in response to rainsayre)

    On the 10.6 Apple note posted above, did you undo the twistie that says "Resetting the original account password"?  Did you get out your original OS X gray-faced disk and boot to it it change the password?


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