Default admin password? What would it be...?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mattjamie, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. mattjamie macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    A few questions which lead neatly from one to the other...

    Just bought a second hand mac (new to macs from the old world of PCs where i've been living in darkness)

    I think it has a fresh install of everything on it... In order to install new software I am often asked for the ADMIN PASSWORD. I've never set one, so is there a default password which would be set with a clean install? Or is it likely that the previous owner set a password which i've no chance of finding?! (in which case, what can I do, as I'd need to reset the password without having one in the first place)

    I suspect the answer is "re install the operating system..." I don't have the system disks (of course) so can I buy a new version of leopard and do a clean install?

    Finally, if I do re install Leopard, will this wipe the software on the machine (e.g. OFFICE) and leave me with only the basic Mac stuff like i-movie, safari etc?

    thanks in advance.
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    If the administrator password is not set at install, there is no default. You can set it in System Preferences under security.

    You can call AppleCare and ask them to send you replacement disks for the machine. They charge you something like $30 for replacements. You'd be better off just buying a copy of Leopard because your machine may have come with Tiger.
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Boot from your System DVD's and you can set a new password.
  4. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Ask the person you bought the computer from for the password.
  5. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Try hitting enter when it asks for a password?

    I mean, I don't have a password set, but whenever I need to install something, the "Password" box comes up, and everytime I just hit Okay, or Enter or anything, and it continues.

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