5 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2013 7:16 AM by ilovemacbook
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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), How to enable root
  • John Galt Level 8 (45,953 points)

    First update to OS X 10.7.5.


    What step does not work for you?


    How to enable the root user

    OS X Lion

    1. From the Apple menu choose System Preferences....
    2. From the View menu choose Users & Groups.
    3. Click the lock and authenticate as an administrator account.
    4. Click Login Options....
    5. Click the "Edit..." or "Join..." button at the bottom right.
    6. Click the "Open Directory Utility..." button.
    7. Click the lock in the Directory Utility window.
    8. Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK.
    9. Choose Enable Root User from the Edit menu.
    10. Enter the root password you wish to use in both the Password and Verify fields, then click OK.

    What is it you need to do that requires this? There is almost certainly a better and safer way of accomplishing whatever it may be, than to enable Root.

  • softwater Level 5 (5,370 points)

    People often get stuck on step 9, which refers to the Edit menu in the menu bar at the top of your screen not something in or around the dialogue box with the padlock.

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Why? There's usually no good reason to enable the root user account. BTW, posting in all caps is tantamount to shouting. Please don't.

  • kgreen169 Level 1 (0 points)

    I got stuck on step 9, not realizing I neededto  go to the menu bar on top.

  • ilovemacbook Level 1 (0 points)

    Great! I was stuck at setp 9 it should crealy mention that go to top menu. Thanks for the help!