5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 1, 2014 1:51 PM by gem60
sussiq Level 1 Level 1

I forgot my user password, need help looging in, and getting new admin password

Mac OS X (10.0.x)
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8

    What OS are you running? Surely it's not OS 10.0.x.


    Here's the instructions if you have the discs.

    Mac OS X: Changing or resetting an account password



    Changing your administrator password



    Here's one method to reset the password without the install disc:


    1. boot computer and hold the "apple" key and the "s" key.

    2. wait for terminal show

    3. release keys

    4. type without the quotes: "/sbin/mount -uaw"

    5. press enter

    6. type without the quotes: "rm /var/db/.applesetupdone

    7. press enter

    8. type without the quotes: "reboot"

    9. press enter


    This will let you create a new admin account when you reboot your computer.


    Also, without the discs, look at Mac OS X Tip - No Password, No Root, No CD? No Problem.



    Here is a way to get around not knowing the admin password on Macs.


    To reset your OS X password without an OS X CD you need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:


       1. Reboot

       2. Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.

       3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):

              * mount -uw /

              * rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

              * shutdown -h now

       4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you’re good to go again!


     Cheers, Tom

  • mindyfromhawaii Level 1 Level 1

    I followed this instructions and now all my programs (microsoft word) and all my files are gone!!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Look in the Users folder at root to see if your old user is there & if you can log into it.


    Or in Sytem Preferences>Accounts, highlight your old account & change the PW with your new admin PW.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4

    Could you clarify exactly which OS you are using? I have doubts that it is 10.0 but if it is this could cause many difficulties.

  • gem60 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the clear instructions.