3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 12:09 PM by Kappy
T4N_10 Level 1 (0 points)

i have forgotten the password how do i reset it without the installer disk?

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 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.

  • T4N_10 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks but i need mac os x 10.5 without the disk

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    You can reset the password as follows:


    To start, reboot in safe mode.  At the prompt enter the following:


    /sbin/fsck -fy


    Press RETURN.  If you receive this message: ** The volume (name_of_volume) appears to be OK then continue to the next command.  If you receive this message: ***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED ***** then repeat the above command until you receive the OK message.  If you repeat the command seven times without receiving the OK message then you cannot repair the drive and should not continue.


    /sbin/mount -uw /


    Then, type in pressing RETURN after each:


    /usr/libexec/register_mach_bootstrap_servers /etc/mach_init.d

    cd /var/db/netinfo

    netinfod -s local


    passwd root


    You’ll be asked to come up with a new password. If you want to change a login’s password, substitute ‘root’ with the username.  After that, enter