Missing Admin Account

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by MacOphileNYC, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. MacOphileNYC macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2010
    After completing a full restore from Time Capsule, I am having several problems, including a number of apps not starting, or crashing. The first problem I am trying to resolve is that none of my user accounts have admin privileges (I believe two accounts did at the time of the backup that was used in the restore). Once I resolve this, I may be able to resolve the rest.

    I have tried following the following. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-quickly-restore-a-missing-admin-account-in-os-x/. I successfully created a new user, but it does not have admin privileges and I am unable to grant them, since making alterations is locked and can only be opened by a user with super user privileges - catch 22.

    Incidentally, the reason I restore from Time Capsule (as a last resort) is because a routine update to the OS went wrong and I was not able to start the computer. It kept rebooting in a loop as the hard drive could not be mounted. I had tried to resolve this many different ways (including using Disk Utility to fix the issue) before restoring from Time Capsule.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.
  2. sharon22 macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    If it were me, I would try these steps:

    The caveat is that you DO NEED an administrator password to do this. I can't tell whether you have an administrator password or not.

    If you do NOT have an administrator password, here is what I would do if I were you. I would follow these steps FIRST, before trying that first thingy I mentioned:


    So, does that make sense?

    Reworded another way:

    Have an Admin Password? Do this:

    DON'T have an Admin Password? Do this:
    step 1: http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-a-Lost-Admin-Password-on-Mac-OS-X
    step 2: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/make-yourself-administrator-terminal-mac-37330.html

    Disclaimer: Don't do anything I said to do. I'm just saying what *I* would do, if I were in your shoes.

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