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Removing boot camp without password ?

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Laurence Levine

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Hello helpful world
I am new to these forums but I have heard it is the best place on the net for all things Mac 😊 I am also new to Macs (but I know unix)
I have been given a 2012 MacBook Pro that has boot camp installed. I can access the Windows user interface but I do not have the Mac OS credentials. When I boot to recovery mode I am met with a padlock and password prompt.
I removed the hd and replaced with a new formatted one and attempted recovery again but met with the same issue. Does this mean there is a firmware password?
I have not found a similar issue after much googling so am quietly confident someone wise here can help me ? Many thanks in advance
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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Hello helpful world
I am new to these forums but I have heard it is the best place on the net for all things Mac 😊 I am also new to Macs (but I know unix)
I have been given a 2012 MacBook Pro that has boot camp installed. I can access the Windows user interface but I do not have the Mac OS credentials. When I boot to recovery mode I am met with a padlock and password prompt.
I removed the hd and replaced with a new formatted one and attempted recovery again but met with the same issue. Does this mean there is a firmware password?
I have not found a similar issue after much googling so am quietly confident someone wise here can help me ? Many thanks in advance
The computer has a firmware password set, which you need to remove. You should contact the previous owner to have them remove the password.
 
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Laurence Levine

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Thank you for that unfortunately they don’t know it hence it being gifted to me to sort out 😔
 
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chrfr

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Thank you for that unfortunately they don’t know it hence it being gifted to me to sort out 😔
If the previous owner is the original buyer and still has a proof of purchase of the computer, Apple may be able to assist, but there's nothing you're going to be able to do with it.
 
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maflynn

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[MOD NOTE]
There's no way to bypass the security measures other then bringing it to apple and providing proof of ownership. Since these requests tend to devolve into accusations of theft and asking for ways to circumventing the security, I'm locking the thread.
 
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