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Old May 27, 2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Bypass admin password?

I cannot install anything on my computer because my dad put restrictions on it. I can install things, only if I had the password. I did some googling, and I found this:

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You can try this:

But, it will create a new account and your old files will still not be accessible.

Creating a new Admin on Mac Os X:
Here's how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD.
the Working solution for me was to create a new admin
you can create new admin like this by deleting a specific file.

You need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:

1. Reboot
2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the chime. (command + s on newer Macs)
3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):

mount -uw /
rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
shutdown -h now

4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and your good to go again!

Apple stores wont reset it for you. Computer shops may charge you $50 to $200 trying to reinstall the Mac and failing at end.
Is this safe? I do not want to mess my mac up, because if my dad finds out I was trying to create a new account to install stuff, I will be screwed. Thanks in advance.
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Old May 27, 2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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Your dad probably put the password on the computer for a reason.

Why not just ask him to install whatever software you need to have installed?

This command "tricks" your computer into thinking that it has never been run before. It will run through the initial setup that every new Mac owner does when first using the computer.

If you run this, it will run through the set up and there will be another account with administrator access.
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Old May 27, 2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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Your dad probably put the password on the computer for a reason.

Why not just ask him to install whatever software you need to have installed?

This command "tricks" your computer into thinking that it has never been run before. It will run through the initial setup that every new Mac owner does when first using the computer.

If you run this, it will run through the set up and there will be another account with administrator access.
I understand. Well could this cause any damage to my mac?
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Old May 27, 2011, 07:40 PM   #4
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Always a chance that you will need to do a clean install and backup to fix a problem. If you have a time machine backup, ultimately everything is reversible.
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 10:56 AM   #5
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I'm on a school issued computer and I want to get past the administrator password. I want to know if you tried this and if it had an effect on any of the other users/settings or if everything remained the same.
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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I'm on a school issued computer and I want to get past the administrator password. I want to know if you tried this and if it had an effect on any of the other users/settings or if everything remained the same.
I would not recommend you do this in hardware that is not owned by you. Bypassing security restrictions is probably not something they allow you to do.
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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http://osxdaily.com/2010/02/21/reset...d-in-mac-os-x/ ?
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 04:39 PM   #8
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Okay, then if I try it on my family's Mac and get rid of my mom's restrictions, would it cause any of problems that I listed earlier?
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 10:04 AM   #9
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Okay, then if I try it on my family's Mac and get rid of my mom's restrictions, would it cause any of problems that I listed earlier?
You should be prepared to deal with your family if you wreck it. I doubt mom will be happy if you screw up a $1000+ laptop so you can play more games.
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