Administrator Password

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by saraybach54, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. saraybach54 macrumors newbie

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    HELP!!!
    I've just bought a used iMac 2008 and when I tried to download OS X Yosemite on the Macintosh HD disk it asks for a password... under the name "Fred Bloggs" ...?!
    The man i bought it from has no idea what the password is?
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Assuming it didn't fall off a truck...

    Reboot, Command+R, reformat (disk utility) & reinstall OS X, never ever buy a used computer without reformatting it.

    edit: it's a 2008, it'll probably not have a recovery partition. You'll need OS X install disks.
     
  3. saraybach54 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry... I'm old and new at this stuff... so can you speak in plain english please?
     
  4. saraybach54 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you Bob :)
    but What does Reboot mean? Shut Down?
    What does Command + R mean?
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

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  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I think we can get you fixed up, but need a bit more information.

    Click the little Apple at the very top left of the screen then select About this Mac and tell us what OS X version it says you are on.

    Now click that same little Apple thingy again and select System Preferences, then go to the Users & Groups pane. What does it say there under Current User.... is you name listed there?

    Now open the App Store app (where you tried to download Yosemite). Click where it says Account on the upper right of the screen. If probably will say Fredd Boggs there and will ask for a password. If it does, click sign out in that window. Now in the same window click Create AppleID and setup and account for yourself. (I'm assuming here you never had an AppleID/iCloud account?).

    You should now be able to download Yosemite under your own account.

    Come back though and answer my other questions so we can get you setup correctly on the new Mac.
     

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