Lost Password & Installing Leopard over Tiger

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dale Collie, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Dale Collie macrumors member

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    I bought a used MacBook with Tiger on it. I have a factory disk of Leopard that I want to install. Will I be able to do this without the password of the previous owner ... I dont have it and cant get it. Any tips you have on how to clean install without the password are very much appreciated.
     
  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    You should be able to do an upgrade without a password but once the installation is complete, you will need the password to login as it retains that setting/security. Why don't you just erase and do a clean install of Leopard? You can also reset the password from within the install DVD if you need to go that route.
     
  3. Dale Collie thread starter macrumors member

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    installing without password

    So when I drop in the new install disk, it will ask me if I want to do a clean install ??? And that should overcome not having a password?
     
  4. Dale Collie thread starter macrumors member

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    yep

    OK, thanks... i'm just worried that I get to the end of install and it asks for password...I'll give it a shot. Full, clean install
     
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    It shouldn't if you erase the disc and then do a clean install.
     
  6. Dale Collie thread starter macrumors member

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    erase disk

    that might e the key phrase... will set up instructinos tell me to erase, or how shud i go about that
     
  7. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    If you boot off the install disc and continue with the install, once you get to the "Select a Destination" screen, there is an "Options" button. Click on that and you should be presented with 3 or 4 option, Erase and Install being one of them and last on the list. Select that and proceed. If anything, a password would be ask before starting anything (which I doubt you will be asked).
     
  8. Dale Collie thread starter macrumors member

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    Perfect replace tiger with leopard

    Thanks iLog.Genius

    Perfect. Thanks for your specific instructions. If you hadn't coached me on
    "erase and install," I would probably have missed that and created a mess.
    As it is, Leopard installed perfectly, ridding us of the unknown old password, and leaping into the 21st Century.
     
  9. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    No problem! Enjoy your Mac! :D
     

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