Not able to change password

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by brainwave89, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    I have a MBP that is running Lion 10.7.5. When I start up the laptop I enter in my password. That works. When I try to enable automatic login for myself it asks for a password. When I enter in the same password I use on startup it states the password is wrong.

    The same thing happens when I try to change my password. It says my old password is incorrect.

    How can I get the system to recognize my old password?

    Thank you for looking.
  2. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    I had something like this a long time ago. It was irreparable and in the end I had to create a new user. I guess you did already "the usual" like reparing permissing and flushing all cache files, right? You could additionally try this:

    - Insert the Mac OS X DVD into your Mac’s DVD drive.
    - Restart the Mac and hold down the ‘C’ key to boot from the DVD.
    - You’ll see a language selection screen, select your language (English) and continue.
    - Navigate to the ‘Utilities’ menu, select “Reset Password”.
    - Select the Mac OS X boot drive.
    - Select the original user account (not the root user!) and choose a new (!) password.
    - Restart as usual.

    Hope this helps.
  3. brainwave89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    Thanks desertman.

    Yes, I tried your recommendations already. O, well. I will create a new user account. Once that is done do I just move/copy all of my information to the new user account so I can have access to my information? Is there an easier way to perform this?

    Fwiw - I had two other user accounts that are basically empty. When I tried to delete them it acted as if it did delete them by removing their name in the user accounts window but they always showed up again upon restart. Not a big deal but I thought I would share this.

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