Lost Administration Password to OSX 10.6.8

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DaJoBa, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. DaJoBa macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2014
    I was hoping someone could help with the following questions? I am not very tech minded so thanks for any help.
    I purchased an Imac 3.06Ghz running OSX 10.6.2 which I have now updated to 10.6.8 about 3 years ago, the imac came with a lot of software.
    I have not upgraded to the latest operating system as I am in the middle of many music projects and a lot of the software only works on 10.6
    The problems I have are as follows.
    I have to load a new driver onto my system the for a new piece of kit I have for my studio but I have lost the password for my administrator login and my passwords to some files which I have on my system so I cannot load on the new driver or access the files.*
    I have saved all my files onto another hard drive and into the shared users folder as well.

    Is there anyway to find out what the passwords are?
    Will I have to reinstall everything again?
    If I do have to reinstall everything again I know I will loose a lot of software which was pre loaded onto my Imac when I purchased it.

    I have an OSX 10.6.2 Install DVD and a Applications disc.
    If I reinstall the operating disc 10.6.2 will I loose all my files or will they stay in the shared users folder?
    If I log out of my account will I be able to get back into it as I do not know the password or will setting up a new user account IE a new administrator login allow me to access the locked files and load on the new driver?

    Many thanks for any help and advise? *
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007

    Boot with the install DVD and use the Password reset utility or follow the single user mode instructions contained in the link below.

  3. DeltaMac, Jan 27, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2014

    DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    You have what you need to get your password.
    Insert your OS X installer DVD (the 10.6.2 DVD that you have)
    Restart your iMac, while holding the C key, which will force your iMac to boot to the DVD. Click through a couple of screens, until you see menus at the top of the screen.
    Click the Utilities menu, and choose Reset Password. When that opens, click the drop down to change to YOUR account name. Then, fill in the password to create a new password. You can make this any password that you like, because you are changing the password. You will enter the password twice, to verify that it is entered correctly, then click the Save button. That's all you need to do, so Quit the utility, then Quit again, which will ask you about restarting, which is what you want to do :D
    You will boot to a login window this one time, so enter the NEW password that you just created, and you will be able to log in.
    And, remember your NEW password.
    And, you're done…
  4. DaJoBa, Jan 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014

    DaJoBa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2014
    Still no success

    Thanks for your help everyone, but still no success.
    The problem is I have no passwords for anything on the mac.
    I had a file which I had them written down in, one of the kids got hold of the folder whilst I was away on business so all my passwords to do with anything have gone:mad:. I have tried what was suggested but no joy.
    I have no
    Administration password
    Keychain password
    User password
    Fortunately when I login I am logged in all the time but if I have to put a password into any user account or anything else I am screwed. I don't want to reset everything as I said earlier I will loose loads of stuff. Is there anyway I can reset everything Admin, keychain, file passwords etc without loosing stuff.
    Many Thanks for any help

    I have now managed to add a driver on via the new login which anyone can use, but I still cannot access files which are locked, I still cannot get any further with Administration password, Keychain password. Any advise on trying to rectify this

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