Can't get past guest account

TJROCKSTAR

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Original poster
Dec 20, 2007
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SO I DL'd, and installed my copy of OS X Lion, from the App store. I walked away to let it finish, and when it rebooted it prompted me for my GUEST account password.
Which of course, I can't recall, because I never use the guest account! And I don't see where I can switch to, ohh I dunno, my Admin. account to which I DO know the password for. So I try all my common passwords I use, and FAIL! I tried to boot of the initial Install Disk, FAIL. Repeated I try to boot of the Disc, and both the bluetooth keyboard, and regular USB keyboard; and still it booted off the reg. OS. And now I sit on my PC laptop, next to my Mac griping, and tryign to figure out a way to break into my GUEST account.
SERIOUSLY!?!?
Anyone have a solution. It's a Mac Mini 2.4 Ghz
 

siddtastic

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Jul 20, 2011
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Same exact problem

I have an iMac and have the same exact problem. Guest password that I have does not seem to work and there is no option to switch over to my regular account.
 

waxpie

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Jul 21, 2011
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I'm having the exact same problem on a white macbook. Can't break into this new "Guest" account.

I'm guessing the solution is to do a clean lion install (hold option when booting, go to disk utility, wipe the partition you are installing to, and then reinstall pulling lion from apple servers, and then hope everything migrates properly? Trying this now.
 
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TJROCKSTAR

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 20, 2007
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I went back to the recovery Partioning, and backed up to prior the download, and restored to pre-installation. Then I went to the USER IDs and make sure I put in passwords that I know. Then I re-downloaded the install, and re-installed. Again back to the guest account only login. Now with the password, I entered it. And FAIL!@!!!! yet again!!!

So SO I try to start up in single user mode. then I got on my laptop and SSH into the Mac Mini, and all user IDs with passwords FAIL!!!!

WTF?>!@?!?@?!?!?!?@?!??!?! SERIOUSLY?!?!?!
 

Jeremy Banks

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Oct 18, 2007
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My friend had this problem, he found a solution of-sorts on the Apple support board.
I solved this exact problem by doing the following:
  • Restart in recovery mode by holding the option key while booting.
  • Open the Terminal, then run resetpassword to set root password.
  • Log out, then log in to the now-available root account.
  • Go to "Users & Groups" in System Preferences, and create a new user with the exact same username as your old account. When it asks, confirm that you do want to use the existing directory.
    • You can find out the username by looking for the folder in /Users.
  • Log out, and your account is back!

This worked for me. I think I lost some of my Desktop's files but they were not too important to me...
As I posted AskDifferent, the file on my friend's Desktop were fine, but you've been warned.
 
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