How to find login password of a user

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Briand, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Briand macrumors newbie

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    I set up a separate account on my Mac for another user. Is there any way that I can as an admin be able to find out what the password is for the other user acct?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can boot from the OSX discs and use the Password Manager to change the password, if that helps.
     
  3. Briand thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah but I need to be able to access that account not change the password.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You'll be able to access the account if you change the password. :confused:
     
  5. 119576 Guest

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    If you change the password, you'll be able to access the account.

    Otherwise; Ask the user?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I believe that an admin user can request a password change within the accounts preferences pane for a standard user as well.
     
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I think see what you're saying OP. You don't want to change the password. Couldn't you change it, ask the person to type it in again and give it to you? Or, just create a new one and tell them what it is. Why the need for subversion and secrecy?
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Won't that simply ask the user to change the password when they next log in? It won't give Briand access to the account though.
     
  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yep you can
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Here's what OS X tells me.

    The login.keychain reminder makes sense too.
     

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  11. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Hmmm, I'm sure I changed passwords the other day.
    I've just tried it again and it won't let me.
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Up through Tiger, an admin user could change another users password via the Accounts prefpane. I have to assume this exists in Leopard as well.
     

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