I bought a used iMac7 and don't know the admin password.. HELP!!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ibkd66, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. ibkd66 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    I bought a used iMac7 and everytime I try to do something, ie. install printer software, it's asking me to log in... however, I don't know the admin password.. PLEASE HELP!!
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
  3. Voondebah macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Mac OS X: Changing or resetting an account password:

    Make sure to expand the section "Resetting the original administrator account password."

    Or, if you don't have an OS disc:

    This method works by tricking the OS into thinking you haven't setup an account yet, so when you reboot it lets you create a new admin account as if the OS was just installed. Once you have a new admin account, you should be able to reset the password of the other one or simply delete it (if you've been using the other account and have stuff stored already, you would probably want to change the password and save the account instead of deleting it and losing your stuff).
  4. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    You might be able to backdoor it with user name 'root' password 'root'

    That could get you in tomdelete the admin account and setup new account.
  5. Terrador macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    I'd just grab the install CD's and reset the entire computer to factory...
  6. Dute macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I would recommend this as well. You don't want whatever crap they had on their system laying around, you never know what people keep on their drives... Some of which might not be legal.
  7. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Not to mention that a Mac sold without a password, just might not have been a legal transaction...just saying.
  8. BikerAlley macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2011
    Shreveport LA
    It may have mac keeper on it and the cops or already on there way.

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