Resetting Admin Password

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  1. loganplus1 macrumors newbie

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    I have tried everything Apple has instructed to do. I am trying to reset the admin password because I lost it.

    I try holding down C while my iMac is booting up, and it just takes me to the accounts screen.

    So, any ideas? I am on 10.6.8. Thanks in advance! :apple:
     
  2. Robo6675 macrumors newbie

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    Go to preferences, then accounts (I think, it's something like that), click on the admin account and there should be a field for creating a new password. It'll prompt you for your existing password too. Hope that helps/works.
     
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Use your Mac OS X install disk. Restart the computer and hold down "option". Select the DVD and it will boot up the installer. Once you get into the installer, go to the menu bar and there should be an option to reset password under Utilities.
     
  4. loganplus1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried this. Doesn't work.
     
  5. gibbz macrumors 68030

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  6. SohGoh macrumors newbie

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    Does this in anyway affect any data stored on the account or computer? :apple:
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    No, only the admin password is altered.
     
  8. vsa murali macrumors newbie

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    could not open accounts in preferences

    hi all,..am using mac mini with osx 10.6.8(snow leopard)
    am trying to change my user account name and password, so am suppose to go system preferences -> accounts.
    when am opening it system preferences gets closed with error message as "System preferences closed un expectedly" please anyone help what i have to do,..with my mac mini,..am really helpless,.:confused:
     
  9. justperry macrumors 604

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    Go to the /Users/****/Library/Caches folder, select all files and delete them, then restart and try again.


    ****= Your User Name or the name of the Home folder.
     
  10. vsa murali macrumors newbie

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    whether it make any changes in my mac,..bcoz am developing application lot of documents and keychains also there,..if catch cleared i want to know whether it will affect my cookies and other saved data,..:confused:
     
  11. vsa murali macrumors newbie

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    hi satcomer thanks for ur time, I tried with the blog but no use.

    I Guess its for OSX 10.8 but mine is 10.6.8(snow leopard),..
     
  12. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Then follow these steps:

    1. Turn off you Mac.
    2. Turn it back on in and boot into Single-User Mode.
    3. At the prompt run these commands:

    Code:
    fsck -yf
    -this will repair your hard disk. It will take a while but wait until it is done and found no problems and give you another prompt.

    The run:

    Code:
    mount -uw /
    And then run the last command
    Code:
    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    Lastly run the command (to boot back into OS X)
    Code:
    reboot
    Your Mac will now reboot into a mode like you first turned on your Mac. You can create a new Admin account through this but it will not erase anything you have installed.
     
  13. justperry macrumors 604

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    Clearing the Cache I mentioned will not delete anything you mentioned.
     
  14. vsa murali macrumors newbie

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    No use, Still i can't change my Admin login password.

    I have Three Login Accounts Namely

    1. Admin
    2. Guest
    3. SaravanKumar

    the third one is my login and it has given admin permission, I need to change the password for that login.

    I tried with @satcomer but NO USE,..

    I hav tried every suggestions on this thread but NO USE,.

    Please help me some one,..
     
  15. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Are you on Mountain Lion? Try this.
     
  16. Sparky445, Jun 28, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013

    Sparky445 macrumors newbie

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    Boot to single user mode by holding cmd + s on startup. Then type mount uw / then type launchctl load System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist then type ls users to view users. Now type dscl . -passwd /Users/your username new pass. Then type exit. Good luck

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    Srry its mount -uw /
     
  17. vsa murali macrumors newbie

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    Please give me a clear commands :D
     
  18. vsa murali macrumors newbie

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    No mine is Snow leopard(10.6.8)
     

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