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Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by jn347, Jan 19, 2014.
lost administrative password on 10.9.1 which is my operating system
Check out what Apple has here:
No help to me as to change a password in user groups and selecting the correct user one has to remember the old password which is the problem in the first place CANT REMEMBER PASSWORD
Read it again, from "On Recovery"…
Or see this page : http://osxdaily.com/2010/08/10/forgot-mac-password-how-to-reset-mac-password/
"For OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), and Lion (10.7) with Recovery Mode:
Boot into the Mac OS X boot loader menu by holding down the OPTION key at system start
Choose the Recovery drive to boot into recovery mode and wait until the “Utilities” screen appears
Pull down the “Utilities” menu and choose “Terminal”
At the command line, type “resetpassword” without the quotes
Confirm the new account password, then reboot the Mac as usual"
lost admin password on 10.9
restarted in recovery mode and that didn't work either as it asks for your current password which is the reason I am here and I don't know it
Fortunately, that DOES work
After you have typed "resetpassword" in the Terminal window and pressed the Enter key, your old password NO LONGER exists.
In the other window, select the user account you want to change the password of, and enter the NEW (as asked, read carefully) password of your choice.
Then restart and login in that account with the NEW password.
You will be asked if you want to use this same password for Keychains : "yes", of course, as you have forgotten the old one.
If that password screen is a simple window showing a padlock, then that sounds like you have a firmware password set, which will also prevent you from booting to the Recovery partition (which will show you a window with several choices, such as Disk utility, and Reinstall OS X)
If you simply get the box, with padlock, asking for you password - if your Mac is less than about 3 years old, then you have to call Apple, or take your iMac to an Apple store Genius, as that's the only way to clear the password.
more info about that - http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3554
When you boot while holding down both command-r, do you get this screen? If that is what you are seeing there is a firmware lock on your machine and you will need to take it to Apple with proof of ownership to get it removed.
Otherwise, the procedure Bruno described will work.