Setting new Admin password

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DonnaMarilyn, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. DonnaMarilyn macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    In mid-May I purchased a new iMac. It appears I didn't create an Admin password, and now I need one to install certain programmes.

    Can anyone advise as to how to create the Admin password after the event, so to speak? A search of forum topics didn't bring up quite the answer I was hoping for.

    The closest solution I could find involves re-setting a password (i.e. the Apple online instructions), but this is for changing or re-setting a password that already exists. The problem is that I don't seem to have one at all.

    Any clarification will be much appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You have set a password, otherwise it won't let you finish the OS X install. Boot from the disk and reset it
  3. DonnaMarilyn thread starter macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Thanks for responding, Hellhammer. I tried the disk method, but with no luck. After I chose the language, there was no option to view a Utilities menu and choose Password reset. The installation simply continued for the next 45 minutes, leaving me as I was before. (Though I was relieved no data had been lost in the reinstallation.)

    Perhaps I'm missing something. I'll keep at it.

  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    You followed the Apple instructions (expand the "Resetting the original administrator account password" section) to the letter?
  5. DonnaMarilyn thread starter macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Yes, I thought I did, Robbie. It's possible, though, that I should have inserted the disc in a running machine rather than from start-up.

    However, I managed to resolve the problem in another way. When I went to System Preferences>Accounts>Change Password, the Admin password field was blank. I left that as it was and just typed in the new password. Presto! It worked.

    I hadn't tried that simple way before, as I was certain the blank field would need to be filled in with the Admin PW, which I didn't have. A seconds-long solution that took me ages to find. :eek:

  6. TiffanyBee macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2010

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