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Reset mac mini admin password

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CH-47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 27, 2012 6:41 PM

Got a new Mac Mini today and did not write down or remember my password to log on - Software preinstalled - I have no s/w disks to boot from. - Can anyone help?

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  • ausonau Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 6:46 PM (in response to CH-47)

    have you tried you apple id password recovery.

     

    just by entering random passwords, until it displays on its login screen mode saying do you want to reset the password or another alternative.

  • ausonau Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 7:00 PM (in response to CH-47)

    restart computer

    Press and hold command key and the letter r key before and during the apple logo startup chime.

     

    Follow the instructions as there is a menu to restart your password.

    Or shown in the top menu title bar.

     

    For self further assitance go to help in the recovery menu by clicking help on the menu bar.

  • ausonau Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 7:05 PM (in response to ausonau)

    Boot into Recovery by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.

    When the OS X Utilities screen appears, select Utilities Terminal from the menu bar.

    In the Terminal window, type this:

    resetpassword

    That's one word with no spaces. Then press return. A Reset Password window opens.

    Select your boot volume if not already selected.

    Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.

    Follow the prompts to reset the password. It's safest to choose a password that includes only the characters a-z, A-Z, and 0-9.

    Select  Restart from the menu bar.

    You should now be able to log in with the new password, but your Keychain will be reset (empty.) If you've forgotten the Keychain password (which is ordinarily the same as your login password), there's no way to recover it.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 8:43 PM (in response to ausonau)

    Yeah, isn't Linc Davis amazing?

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    Sure is. It's disappointing his work wasn't cited.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to ~Bee)

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 9:59 PM (in response to ausonau)

    ausonau --

     

    It's great that you want to help people here.  That's what this site is all about.  We're all other Mac users here, helping each other find solutions. 

     

    In the future, if you find a post that would be perfect to answer a question, copy and paste it, but also give credit to the original author (in this case, Linc Davis).   "According to another helper here, Linc Davis . . . then paste his words. . .

     

    That way, you've given credit to the original author.  Just good forum manners.

     

    (I was guilty of forgetting to do this one time, years ago, so I do understand.  Just don't forget it in the future, OK?)

  • ausonau Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 10:37 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    Hey yeah. Its my first time using the apple support communities discussion for a long time. I forgotten some of its functions. I don't know how to put credit from other people. I undertstood what you mean't completely.

    ~Bee wrote:

     

    ausonau --

     

    It's great that you want to help people here.  That's what this site is all about.  We're all other Mac users here, helping each other find solutions. 

     

    In the future, if you find a post that would be perfect to answer a question, copy and paste it, but also give credit to the original author (in this case, Linc Davis).   "According to another helper here, Linc Davis . . . then paste his words. . .

     

    That way, you've given credit to the original author.  Just good forum manners.

     

    (I was guilty of forgetting to do this one time, years ago, so I do understand.  Just don't forget it in the future, OK?)

    MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • markdgreco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 1:24 AM (in response to CH-47)

    first try using your Apple ID to log in then reset password.

     

    if you cannot do that restart in recovery mode. that is restart and hold down the command and R key untill mac restarts then go to recovery mode. go to utilities menu and choose terminal. type  "resetpassword" without quotes and then press return. once reset password opens select account you wish to reset and type new password.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,545 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:44 AM (in response to ausonau)

    I don't know how to put credit from other people.

    What's there to know, you just write who you got it from before you paste it in!

     

    "Hey, this might help, I begged, borrowed or stole it from this other chap:"

    Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iPad 2, iPhone 5 (iOS 6)
  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 4:12 AM (in response to Dah•veed)

    "Hey, this might help, I begged, borrowed or stole it from this other chap:"

    People have begged, borrowed, but mostly stole from me for years here. Now, the "in" thing seems to be to make statements contrary to what is said without offering the least bit of data to support the contrary statement.

    Kinda' like a pie in the face of a news anchorman....

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 4:15 AM (in response to ausonau)

    .

    I don't know how to put credit from other people. I undertstood what you mean't completely.

    Just put a link to the discussion and say "Read so and so's post". That way there is no misunderstanding.

     

    There are some, however, that will say "you're only good at posting links to others work" or such drivel.....

     

    In the end, expect more grief than what you will deserve for attempts to help....

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