Can I install iWork without admin password?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ski2moro, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. ski2moro macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Can I install iWork without the administrator's password?

    I'm installing iWork (I have the Family pack) on a family member's computer. Nothing sinister here.

    She left the computer here so I could install it while she attended a Teacher Conference and I told her I would have it done when she returned.

    Well, she didn't give me her password, she's not answering her cell phone and her husband has no clue. Ever.

    Is there a workaround I can do, or do I just need to wait for her to give it to me?
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    If you installed the Application on another computer, you should be able to just drag the applications over?
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    iWork installs a lot of other files and directories in the Library folders as well. you simply just cant drag and drop the iWork '09 folder.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You promised to have the job done by the time your family member returned, not by the next time you spoke to her. Just wait until the family member picks up the phone.
  5. ski2moro thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Mission accomplished!

    I was hoping there was an easy work around.

    She finally called, I got her password, and my reputation as the best Mac person she knows is intact.

    Thanks everyone.

    But now I am just curious. Is it possible to create a new user with a new password and install the software so that all users on the computer can use it? Her computer is not password protected and its running, i just needed her password to install it.
  6. moonman239 macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2009
    I'm sorry I'm bringing a thread back from the dead. I just want to point out to you and to all those who find this thread that it is indeed possible to create a user that can install software. It would have to be another admin account, which I presume the OP didn't necessarily want.

    Go to System Prefs -> Accounts, click "Add" (if it's grayed out you have to click the lock at the bottom left and enter the username and password of an existing admin account), type in the username, assign a password, then check "Allow user to administer this computer."

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