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How can i reset the password ?

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JayJayBee45 Calculating status...
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Aug 15, 2012 11:27 AM

I know! I know! As dumb as it sounds i cannot for the life of me remember the password to my mac book pro.

Is there any way i can change it as i need to install a ouple of programmes?

 

Thanking you in advance

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Aug 15, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to JayJayBee45)

    Boot your DVD as you are running 10.6 and would have that on DVD and go to Utility menu to Rest Password.

     

    With Lion you use another method.

  • Martin Pace Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
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    Aug 15, 2012 12:44 PM (in response to JayJayBee45)

    In Mac OS X v10.6.8 or earlier, follow these steps to reset a password when there is only one administrator account on the computer, 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 Utilities menu.
      Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.4: Choose Reset Password from the Utilities 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.

      Note
      : 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.

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