4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2009 10:01 AM by Király
hamp2326 Level 1 Level 1
I have a MacBook Pro 15" running Leopard 10.5.8. Although I have no administrator password required (blank), I continually get windows that pop up requiring that I type a password for actions such as adding software, changing permissions, sharing folders, etc. Since I am the only user on this laptop, how can I eliminate these screens from appearing. I would certainly appreciate anyone's help.

MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.3), Win XP Bootcamp partition
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6
    Hello Hamp2326,

    I am not sure you can do this. This feature is one of the things that makes OS X soooooo safe and secure.


  • hamp2326 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks, Ian. I figured as much. I had searched every nook cranny for a setting to change.

    If anyone else has solved this puzzle, please share your expertise!
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6

    I searched too - It cannot be done. Well, it can be done - All you have to do is re-write OS X from the ground up......

    Regards once more.

  • Király Level 6 Level 6
    I have an answer for you. But first read this warning.

    It is a bad idea to use an administrator account for everyday use. It is a very, very bad idea to have a blank password on such an account. It is a very, very, very bad idea to use an blank passworded admin account for everyday use with a wireless internet connection. It is a very, very, very, very, extremely bad idea to do all the above, and then to try and disable the one remaining safeguard OS X has for you by prompting for your password to do admin tasks. Disabling all of your Mac's security safeguards in such a manner is just begging for your Mac to be taken over by an attacker.

    But, if you still want to do it, go to Directory Utility. Under the Edit menu. choose Enable Root User. Log in to the root account and use it as your everyday account.