Now everything is messed up for Admin account. However, the directory services are not running so setting a password here does not change the root password of the booted system. Follow the onscreen instructions to reset the root password the root account is not the same as your account. Ask the person who sold you the Mac what Username did he give the Mac when he formatted it before he sold it. You acted carelessly, and this is the result.
How would you use this Mac now? I have never started any Mac and seen a place where I could enter anything like the following: 1. Then, you can simply use the Recovery Mode to unlock your hard drive, and reset your password again. I hope your school work won't be affected that much. This command basically mounts your entire hard drive, and makes it writeable. Now when you login with the new password it will ask to Create a New Keychain or Update Keychain Password.
The downside however is once again, physical security. From the Apple menu, choose Log Out root. This will start your Mac in recovery mode. You should see your original user account s in the left pane. There is another thing you can do.
Resetting a Firmware password is not easily done, and is exactly why it should only be used if absolutely necessary. I will try to be right to the point. Keep holding them down until you are presented with a text only prompt. Boot into single user mode press Command-S at power on 2. Try clicking on one of them to change the password.
This is a hardware based hack, proceed with caution! At best the command would fail. Create a New User Account You can now restart your Mac. You should try to leave the computer as close to its original state as possible. You can cause real damage and not even be warned about it with him. You may be wondering how this will help.
AppleSetupDone that could be deleted and would accomplish more or less the same thing. I tried this multiple times, being extra-special careful. If passwd has been tailored correctly to the mac it should change the user's password correctly. However, if someone attempts to boot into Recovery Mode, or Single User Mode, or tries to use your Mac in Target Disk Mode for transferring data, your Mac will prompt them for the Firmware password. Rather unusually for a task performed from the command line, a graphical Reset Password window appears. You should be able to change password of your old admin account and the new password will allow you to log in to that account now and access all of your files and programs. Maybe not the keychain access password though.
This article is useful if you have a user created in 10. It is very sensitive to static electricity. He expanded my original post for 10. I've never used the Directory Service command line utility because it's fairly more complicated. If you have that button, click it to remove the old keychain and create a new one with the new password.
So that file is where all user account data is stored, right? Rather than simply changing the password like the previous three methods do, this one fools the operating system into believing it has never been started before. For the instructions to boot into that mode and once that comes up type the instructions provided by sheraz4u. Option 3: Create a New User Account This will create a new account, but all of your documents, pictures and everything will not be accessible. Use These Methods to Reset Mac Passwords Easily Booting a Mac into Recovery Mode, and using the Reset Password Utility is the best way to reset a forgotten password. I just tried to create a new admin in single user mode following these instructions: and my ibook is now stuck on a blue screen. Remember how i said that you currently have root access? This includes the root user. Just continue with this Setup assistant process and do not choose the option to transfer or migrate information to the Mac.
If your root account is disabled, then it is impossible to enter the root password, and Single User Mode cannot be started. Wait for the checks to complete before going to the next step. Filevault will encrypt your home folder and all files in it using aes encryption. A lot of arcane status messages scroll by, and leave you with a command-line prompt. Once you change the user's password and can log into the computer all need to do is simply go into the Accounts preference pane and change the password there to either the new password or something different if you so choose. If you want to, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the problem. Is resetting the password for the 'root' account the same as in your instructions? I found instructions for that too.
No Excuse for a Lost Password — Regardless of how or why an administrator password has been lost or forgotten, there are a variety of techniques that you can use to reset it and regain full access to a Mac. Firmware passwords are not required for logging into your Mac in the traditional way. So, if your user was created before 10. You can change the commands above to create a user with a different name, etc. You can now use the machine as usual, boot from an external drive, or whatever else. In a school for example, kids may be in a position to reboot a computer and do this without a teacher really noticing.