2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2013 8:45 PM by clintonfrombirmingham
Ojoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I sold my imac two years ago and i backed up everything in a hard drive using time machine, now i got a macbook pro, not retina, but when i ran time machine, i had a password set up, which i dont remember, now i cant access the administrator account.

i dont have any disc, since the computer doesnt come with any, and i cant restore the password with my apple id.

please help me

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (262,905 points)

    Forgot Your Account Password


    For Snow Leopard and earlier


         Mac OS X 10.6- If you forget your administrator password


    For Lion/Mountain Lion


        Boot to the Recovery HD:


    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.


         When the menubar appears select Terminal from the Utilities menu.

         Enter resetpassword at the prompt and press RETURN. Follow

         instructions in the dialog window that will appear.


         Or see Reset a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Password and

         OS X Lion- Apple ID can be used to reset your user account password.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (29,995 points)

    If you're running Mountain Lion, you can boot into your Recovery partition by holding down the Command and R keys whilst booting. When in recovery mode, select Terminal from the Utilities menu. In Terminal, type:




    ...a small app will open allowing you to change teh password for a chosen user. Select the admin account, enter the new password twice, give yourself  good hint, and click OK and then restart. Upon restarting you'll be able to use your 'new' password.


    Good luck,