Problems resetting the admin password

Discussion in 'macOS' started by scarletspy, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. scarletspy macrumors newbie

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    Aug 5, 2008
    #1
    I, like a complete idiot, have forgotten my administrator password. I've tried using the install disk. When I go to Utilities > Reset password, it says select disc from which to reset password but only the install disk is listed. My startup disk isn't listed. I really don't want to have to do a clean install if I can avoid it. Am I doing something wrong?

    Please help!
     
  2. macbooker15 macrumors 6502

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    Jan 19, 2008
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    #2
    instead of doing that, boot into single user mode by pressing command+s on the keyboard. type
    Code:
    mount -uw /
    with that exact formatting i kept forgetting to the backslash... then in 10.5 type
    Code:
    launchtl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServicesLocal.plist
    or if your in 10.4 type
    Code:
    sh /etc/rc
    then type
    Code:
    dscl .
    Code:
    cd /Users
    it will say:
    Code:
    New Password:
    then type
    Code:
    exit
    Code:
    reboot
     
  3. scarletspy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aug 5, 2008
    #3
    Thanks! Worked a treat!
     

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