I lost my password can anyone help?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by samiayem, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. samiayem macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    I don't know my admin password and i do not have a start up disc.. does anyone know how i can retrieve it or make a new one? Thank you
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Buy a SL upgrade disk? ( assuming your mac will run SL, you dont say which one it is )
  3. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    If you are using 10.5 follow these steps:
    Boot into single user mode (press Command-S at power on)
    Type fsck -fy
    Type mount -uw /
    Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
    Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username password, replacing username with the targeted user and password with the desired password.

    For 10.5 and 10.5 only do what it says where it says username type yours and for password type your new password.

    If you're using OS X follow these:
    Hold Apple+S when booting to enter single user mode
    #sh /etc/rc
    #passwd yourusername

    Now remember in OS X for password type the PW you want and type your exact username otherwise it wont rexognize a name you just created it has to be your exact one.

    Hope this helps!

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