2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 10, 2013 2:42 PM by Linc Davis
dmuzick24 Level 1 (0 points)

my computer is telling me that my keychain login can not be found. therefor not letting me log in to any of my applications. i do i fix it

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    From the following Apple Support article: Resetting your keychain in Mac OS X


    1. Open Keychain Access, which is in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.
    2. From the Keychain Access menu, choose Preferences.
    3. Click General, then click Reset My Default Keychain.
    4. Authenticate with your account login password.
    5. Quit Keychain Access.
    6. Restart your computer.


    If applicable, continue with the following, from Mac OS X: Keychain Access asks for keychain "login" after changing login password


    I don't remember my original (former) account password


    In this case, you'll need to delete the keychain. Deleting a keychain also deletes all the password data saved in that keychain.


    1. In Keychain Access, choose Preferences from the Keychain Access menu.
    2. If available, click the Reset My Default Keychain button. This will remove the login keychain and create a new one with the password provided.
    3. If Reset My Default Keychain is not available, choose Keychain List from the Edit menu.
    4. Delete the "login" keychain.


    The next time you log in to the account, you can save your current password in a keychain.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,426 points)

    At some point, you reset your keychain to default in Keychain Access. That caused your login keychain to be renamed.
    Back up all data.
    In Keychain Access, delete the login keychain from the keychain list. Choose Delete References when prompted, not Delete References & Files.
    Triple-click the line below on this page to select it, then copy the text to the Clipboard (command-C):
    In the Finder, select
    Go ▹ Go to Folder...
    from the menu bar, paste into the box that opens (command-V), and press return. A folder will open. Rename the file "login.keychain" in that folder to something like "login-old.keychain". Rename the file "login-renamed.keychain" to "login.keychain".
    Back in Keychain Access, select
    File Add Keychain...
    from the menu bar. Add back the file now named "login.keychain". If any of your needed keychain items are missing from it, also add back the file you named "login-old.keychain". I suggest you transfer any needed items from that keychain to the login keychain, then delete it. The transfers are made by drag-and-drop in Keychain Access. You'll need to enter your password for each item transferred.