How do I reset my admin password?

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  1. 1969 macrumors newbie

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    I need to reset my administrator password.

    My Adobe Flash Player requires updating but when I try it asks me for a password. I have been told it is my Mac's administrator password that it is requiring.

    My Mac was set up for me by someone who is now dead and I had no idea that they had set a password. I therefore need to reset the password.

    I am A VERY BASIC USER and my fear is that any complicated resetting or rebooting, etc will not work and the whole Mac will be rendered useless.

    Can anyone please help with a simple answer on how to either reset the password that is fool proof or to tell me if I need to take it to a store for a reset please?

    I have a MacBook Pro (Software is Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5)

    Thanks people.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. 1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks but this may as well be written in Russian for all the sense it makes, sorry.

    The only way i will be able to do this myself is if someone can write.

    1. Do this

    2. Do this

    and so on...

    I do not have any discs, boxes, instructions or information from when I bought the Mac just over a year ago.

    Sorry to be so demanding i'm not a techno-phobe i'm just a bit techno-slow!
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It is quite simple. Do a command-r boot and this will take you to a recovery screen. Launch Terminal from the Utilities menu then type "resetpassword" (without the quotes) and hit enter. Now pick your account and enter a new password.
     
  5. 1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry but how do I do a command-r boot?
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Shut off your Mac. Then hit the power button to turn it on and as soon as you hear the chime sound press the command and r keys at the same time. That will force it to boot to the recovery screen.
     
  7. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    1. Turn on machine hold down the s key.
    2. Once at the text boot prompt the # sign should be there type in then hit enter key, passwd YOUR_USERNAME.
    3. Type in then hit enter key, reboot.

    That should have reset the password to the new one you put in when asked to do so.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That won't work with Lion. You are referring to a command-s single user mode boot. You can single user mode boot in Lion, but the passwd command will not work.

    It needs to be done through the recovery screen like I described.
     
  9. MacUser2525, Mar 24, 2013
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  10. 1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did what you said then selected the Utilities from the top bar menu and then selected Terminal and that brought up a pop in window with some letters in but no option to reset password
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Type in
    Code:
    resetpassword
    then pick your account and enter a new password.
     
  12. 1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Weasel you are an absolute GENIUS..thank you so much.

    And Sim thanks for you help and input too.

    I really appreciate it guys.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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  14. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    The passwd command takes a parameter passed to it as I show it above if you use the user name after it it resets that users password, give it a try on the command line in Terminal you will see.
     
  15. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Ahh... gotcha. Thanks for the tip. :)
     

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