2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 18, 2011 12:03 PM by JESUS LOVER
Dr. Knitty Level 1 Level 1

One of the darling children reset my administrator password and now can't remember it.  Can I reset this without having the original?

  • JESUS LOVER Level 1 Level 1


    Resetting the original administrator account password

    Follow these steps to reseta password when there is only one administrator account on the computer, or ifthe original administrator account needs a password reset.

    or if the original administrator account needs a password reset. "Original" administrator account refers to the one that was created immediately after installing Mac OS X. If the original administrator password is known, that administrator account may be used to reset the passwords of other administrator accounts using the steps described above. These steps require an optical drive; if your Mac does not have an optical drive and you have a Mac OS X v10.6 Install disc, see below.

    1. Start up from a Mac OS X Install disc (one whose version is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed).  Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key. Or, put it in the computer and click the Install or Restore icon you see in the disc's main window (after which the computer will start from the disc without you needing to hold C). Or, you can use Startup Manager or the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Install disc.
    2. Choose a language, click the arrow button to continue,
    3. Mac OS X v10.6 or later: Choose Password Reset from the Utilitiesmenu.
      Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.4: Choose Reset Password from theUtilities menu.
      Mac OS X v10.3: Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu.

      Tip: If you don't see this menu or menu choice, you're probably not started from the disc yet.

      : The default keyboard layout is U.S. English while started from the installation disc. If you use a keyboard layout other than U.S English, use the Input menu (the flag icon on the right side of the menu bar) to select the desired layout before typing a new password.
    4. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
    5. Select the user name of your original administrator account.

      Important: Do not select "System Administrator (root)". This is actually the root user. You should not confuse it with a normal administrator account.
    6. Enter a new password.
    7. Click Save.
    8. Click the red button in the upper left corner to quit the application.
    9. Choose Quit Mac OS X Installer... from the Mac OS X Installer menu.
    10. Click Restart.

    After following these steps, you'll want to also follow the steps in this article.

    Mac OS X v10.6: Resetting the original administrator account password on a Mac that has no optical drive

    These steps require a second computer that has an optical drive.

    Note: If the second computer is a Mac, make sure Mac OS X v10.5.3 or later is installed. If the second computer is a PC, make sure the DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows is installed.

    1. Open "Remote Install Mac OS X" from the Utilities folder.
    2. Follow the onscreen instructions.

    Hope this helps you.