2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2013 6:13 PM by Linc Davis
kimhunt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I can't change my password on my MAC pro book because i forgot my old password.  I am trying to install the latest JAVA.  I can't link to my APPLE ID because I still need my original password.  Please help

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (172,935 points)

    First, make sure caps lock is not on.

    Boot into Recovery by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.

    When the OS X Utilities screen appears, select

    Utilities Terminal

    from the menu bar.

    In the Terminal window, type this:


    That's one word with no spaces. Then press return. A Reset Password window opens.

    Select your boot volume if not already selected.

    Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.

    Follow the prompts to reset the password. It's safest to choose a password that includes only the characters a-z, A-Z, and 0-9.



    from the menu bar.

    You should now be able to log in with the new password, but your Keychain will be reset (empty.) If you've forgotten the Keychain password (which is ordinarily the same as your login password), there's no way to recover it.