Changing the administrators name

Discussion in 'iMac' started by drewgost, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. drewgost macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2012
    Hi everyone, my daughter bought a used iMac and it has an admin account setup on it. she has been using it for a year or so. She just purchased and upgraded to Lion, I noticed whenever she changes anything on the computer it pops up with the admin name and request the password but it is the original owner's name, so I asked why she does not just delete that account and she explained that she has been using that account for all her stuff and does not wish to loose it (pictures, music etc..).
    Can she just create a new account give it admin priveliges copy everything to her new account and then delete the old admin account?

    Or does anyone have a better idea?


  2. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Yes, she should be able to do that

    Moving Data?

    I am old school, if it were me I would ...

    1) Log on to the computer as she always has.

    2) Copy all data off the computer onto an external HDD

    3) Create New Admin Account

    4) Delete Old Admin Account

    5) Log in to New Admin Account

    6) Begin the process of moving the data back.


    Whenever I sell one of my Mac's I wipe the HDD totally clean.

    I do a clean install with an admin account named NEW OWNER.

    When I am passing it on to the next owner, I go through the process with them of creating a new account named as they want it, with their own password.

    I then show them how to set the account to be an administrator.

    Then I have them log in to their own account and delete the NEW OWNER account.

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