2 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2012 7:11 PM by Texas Mac Man
gamoroj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I forgot my administrator password and I dont have the Install disk, how can I reset the password?


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  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (41,440 points)

    What is the exact model iMac, and what version of OS are you running?

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    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.

    http://www.macobserver.com/tip/2003/06/16.1.shtml

     

    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