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RESET PASSWORD DIFFICULTIES


I was given a solution to my reset problem. The instruction was to use the install disc. I did that, but the feature that I was asked to avoid, the SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR (root), that was the only feature to pop up in the process to resetting my password.

There is nothing on my Desk top but the password box.

This system was originally a Tiger and this year I install Leopard. It has worked properly until the computer was broken into last weekend.

Heeellllppppp!!!!!!

Thank you so much for your assistance.

Regards,

Everette

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  • EVERETTE NICOLLS Nov 19, 2008


    Holding down the C key is not working. I have been doing that all morning. I have also done the same with the N key.

    Under the C key, when the installer comes up, I click on Utilities. The features beneath that are START UP DISK, RESET PASSWORD, DISK UTILITY, TERMINAL, SYSTEM PROFILER, and NETWORK UTILITY.

    I click on Reset Password and that takes me to the RESET PASSWORD BOX. The first sentence there is: Select the Mac OSX disk which contains a password to reset. In the bar immediately beneath that is an image of the disk with this information: Mac OSX...1 Disc1. Outside of that box is this sentence: Select a user of this volume to reset their password. The next box is grayed lightly. That says: No available users. The boxes beneath that states: Enter a new Password for the this user, then re-enter and Enter a new password hint for this user etc

    When I click on the Disk image, the box beneath it becomes active, but it states, SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR (root). The up and down arrows on this box has no other features. The new password is not accepted in the window below that.

    I do not know how to enter FIRMWARE because there is nothing opening on my Desk top. Only the password sign in box.

    I have hit the wall in frustration.

    If I click on the Startup Disk, that takes me to: CHOOSE STARTUP DISK. Select the system you want to use to start up your computer.

    Three is the image of the installer disk, the Network Startup, and Mac OSX 10.5.5 on Mac HD. I have tried all of these and none have worked.

    The installer disk is 10. 4.

    How do I get to FIRMWARE if the Desk top is not booting up?

    Thanks for your assistance.

    Regards,

    Everette

  • Loteck May 11, 2010

    Is there data on the hard drive that you need to retrieve? Also, what model of computer do you have and what operating system (OS9,OSX) are you using.


  • Krabby May 11, 2010

    Have you fixed this problem yet? If not I can tell you what is wrong with it.

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If you have the install disk, restart the Mac and hold down the C key after you hear the startup chime. This will start from the CD. Under the Installer menu, you will then have the option to reset the password for the admin account, which will enable you to reset any user password.
Instructions from Apple are here: http://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=3853

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I forgot the administrator password, there is a malware protection software I believe. Is there any way to recover password?


You need to restart with original media disk and then you can choose reset password from the apple menu bar.

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Reset your Apple's Original Admin Password.


Resetting the original administrator account password Follow these steps to reset a password when there is only one administrator account on the computer, or if the original administrator account needs a password reset. "Original" administrator account refers to the one that was created immediately after installing Mac OS X. If the original administrator password is known, that administrator account may be used to reset the passwords of other administrator accounts using the steps described above. These steps require an optical drive; if your Mac does not have an optical drive and you have a Mac OS X v10.6 Install disc, see below.
  1. Start up from a Mac OS X Install disc (one whose version is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed). Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key. Or, put it in the computer and click the Install or Restore icon you see in the disc's main window (after which the computer will start from the disc without you needing to hold C). Or, you can use Startup Manager or the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Install disc.
    Choose a language, click the arrow button to continue,
  2. Mac OS X v10.6 or later: Choose Password Reset from the Utilities menu.
    Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.4: Choose Reset Password from the Utilities menu.
    Mac OS X v10.3: Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu.
    Tip: If you don't see this menu or menu choice, you're probably not started from the disc yet.
    Note: The default keyboard layout is U.S. English while started from the installation disc. If you use a keyboard layout other than U.S English, use the Input menu (the flag icon on the right side of the menu bar) to select the desired layout before typing a new password.
    Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
  3. Select the user name of your original administrator account.
    Important: Do not select "System Administrator (root)". This is actually the root user. You should not confuse it with a normal administrator account.

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  4. Enter a new password.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click the red button in the upper left corner to quit the application.
  7. Choose Quit Mac OS X Installer... from the Mac OS X Installer menu.
  8. Click Restart.
After following these steps, you'll want to also follow the steps in this article.
Mac OS X v10.6: Resetting the original administrator account password on a Mac that has no optical drive
These steps require a second computer that has an optical drive.
Note: If the second computer is a Mac, make sure Mac OS X v10.5.3 or later is installed. If the second computer is a PC, make sure the DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows is installed.
  1. Open "Remote Install Mac OS X" from the Utilities folder.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions.

on Feb 10, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Forgot user password


Hi I'm Peter , You can change your user password by going in with your administrator password. Here are a few helps https://iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid and see
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274 and



and Kappys answer
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4251616?start=0&tstart=0





In OS X Lion or later, you can reset your user password with your Apple ID.

In Mac OS X v10.6.8 or earlier, follow these steps to reset a password when there is only one administrator account on the computer, or if the original administrator account needs a password reset. "Original" administrator account refers to the one that was created immediately after installing Mac OS X. If the original administrator password is known, that administrator account may be used to reset the passwords of other administrator accounts using the steps described above. These steps require an optical drive; if your Mac does not have an optical drive and you have a Mac OS X v10.6 Install disc, see below.

  1. Start up from a Mac OS X Install disc (one whose version is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed). Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key. Or, put it in the computer and click the Install or Restore icon you see in the disc's main window (after which the computer will start from the disc without you needing to hold C). Or, you can use Startup Manager or the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Install disc.
  2. Choose a language, click the arrow button to continue,
  3. Mac OS X v10.6 or later: Choose Password Reset from the Utilities menu.
    Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.4: Choose Reset Password from the Utilities menu.
    Mac OS X v10.3: Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu.

    Tip: If you don't see this menu or menu choice, you're probably not started from the disc yet.

    Note
    : The default keyboard layout is U.S. English while started from the installation disc. If you use a keyboard layout other than U.S English, use the Input menu (the flag icon on the right side of the menu bar) to select the desired layout before typing a new password.
  4. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
  5. Select the user name of your original administrator account.

    Important: Do not select "System Administrator (root)". This is actually the root user. You should not confuse it with a normal administrator account.

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  6. Hope this helps.

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Resetting a password without an additional account Use these steps to reset a password when there is only one administrator account on the computer, or if the original administrator account needs a password reset.
"Original" administrator account refers to the one that was created immediately after installing Mac OS X. If the original administrator password is known, that administrator account may be used to reset the passwords of other administrator accounts using the steps described above. These steps require an optical drive; if your Mac does not have an optical drive and you have a Mac OS X v10.6 Install disc, see below.
  1. Start up from a Mac OS X Install disc (one whose version is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed). Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key. Or, put it in the computer and click the Install or Restore icon you see in the disc's main window (after which the computer will start from the disc without you needing to hold C). Or, you can use Startup Manager or the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Install disc.
  2. Choose a language, click the arrow button to continue,
  3. Mac OS X v10.6 or later: Choose Password Reset from the Utilities menu.
    Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.4: Choose Reset Password from the Utilities menu.
    Mac OS X v10.3: Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu.

    Tip: If you don't see this menu or menu choice, you're probably not started from the disc yet.

    Note: The default keyboard layout is U.S. English while started from the installation disc. If you use a keyboard layout other than U.S English, use the Input menu (the flag icon on the right side of the menu bar) to select the desired layout before typing a new password.
  4. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
  5. Select the user name of your original administrator account.

    Important: Do not select "System Administrator (root)". This is actually the root user. You should not confuse it with a normal administrator account.

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  6. Enter a new password.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Click the red button in the upper left corner to quit the application.
  9. Choose Quit Mac OS X Installer... from the Mac OS X Installer menu.
  10. Click Restart.
After following these steps, you need to update your keychain so that it recognizes the new password.
If your computer doesn't have an optical drive, connect it to a computer that does using Target Disk Mode, or use the Remote Install Mac OS X utility to start up the computer remotely. Resetting a user's password in Mac OS X v10.5 or earlier If you are using an earlier version of OS X, select your version number below for password reset instructions. Avoid setting a blank password for a user account when using these steps. Mac OS X v10.3 through 10.5.8
  1. Log in with an administrator account. Tip: If you don't know the password of any administrator accounts, see "Resetting the original administrator account password" above.
  2. From the Apple menu choose System Preferences.
  3. From the View menu choose Accounts.
  4. Click the lock button if it appears locked; enter the administrator password.
  5. Select the name of the user whose password you want to change.
  6. Click the Reset Password button or the Change Password button.
  7. Enter a new password in both the New Password and Verify fields, and add a Password Hint if desired.
  8. Click the Reset Password button or the Change Password button.
  9. If a dialog box appears with the message "Your Keychain password will be changed to your new account password," click OK.
Mac OS X v10.2 through v10.2.8 Use Accounts preferences to reset an account password.
  1. Log in with an administrator account. Tip: If you don't know the password of any administrator accounts, see "Resetting the original administrator account password" above.
  2. From the Apple menu choose System Preferences.
  3. From the View menu choose Accounts.
  4. Click the lock button if it appears locked.
  5. Select the username whose password you want to change.
  6. Click Edit User.
  7. Navigate to the New Password field.
  8. Enter a new password in both the Password and Verify fields.
  9. Click OK.
  10. If a dialog box appears with the message "Your Keychain password will be changed to your new account password," click OK.
Regardless of how many characters are actually in a Mac OS X v10.2 password, seven bullet characters (•••••••) will appear in the New Password and Verify fields the next time the password is edited. Mac OS X v10.1.5 or earlier Use the Users preference pane to reset a the password.
  1. Log in with an administrator account. Tip: If you don't know the password of any administrator accounts, see "Resetting the original administrator account password" above.
  2. From the Apple menu choose System Preferences.
  3. From the View menu choose Users.
  4. Click the lock button if it appears locked.
  5. Select the username whose password you wish to change.
  6. Click Edit User.
  7. Enter a new password in both the Password and Verify fields.
  8. Click Save.
Important: Passwords for administrator accounts should not be blank.

Regardless of how many characters are actually in the password, thirteen bullet characters (•••••••••••••) will appear in the Password and Verify fields the next time the password is edited.

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  • Insert the Mac OS X installation disc into your computer's optical drive (or an optical drive connected to your computer), and then double-click the Install Mac OS X icon.
  • Note:If you're using another computer's optical drive, make sure your computer is set up for remote installation, and then go to step 3.
  • In the Installer, click Utilities, and then click Restart.
  • When the Language Chooser appears, select your language, and then click the Continue button (looks like an arrow).
  • In the Installer, choose Utilities > Reset Password.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to change the password.
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    1. Start up from a Mac OS X Install disc (one whose version is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed). Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key. Or, put it in the computer and click the Install or Restore icon you see in the disc's main window (after which the computer will start from the disc without you needing to hold C). Or, you can use Startup Manager or the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Install disc.
    2. Choose a language, click the arrow button to continue,
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      Mac OS X v10.3: Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu.

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      Note
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    4. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
    5. Select the user name of your original administrator account.

      Important: Do not select "System Administrator (root)". This is actually the root user. You should not confuse it with a normal administrator account.

    6. Enter a new password.
    7. Click Save.
    8. Click the red button in the upper left corner to quit the application.
    9. Choose Quit Mac OS X Installer... from the Mac OS X Installer menu.
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    To reset your password without knowing what it is requires the installation discs that came with your computer originally. The steps on how to do so are detailed in the following article:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274

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    Please note that if you do not have your installation discs you can contact Apple to re-order them at 1-800-MY-APPLE.

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    If you've forgotten your password, you can reset it with the discs that came with your computer:

    1. Start up from a Mac OS X Install disc (one whose version is closest to the version of Mac OS X installed). Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key. Or, put it in the computer and click the Install or Restore icon you see in the disc's main window (after which the computer will start from the disc without you needing to hold C). Or, you can use Startup Manager or the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Install disc.
    2. Choose a language, click the arrow button to continue,
    3. Mac OS X v10.6 or later: Choose Password Reset from the Utilities menu.
      Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.4: Choose Reset Password from the Utilities menu.
      Mac OS X v10.3: Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu.

      Tip: If you don't see this menu or menu choice, you're probably not started from the disc yet.

      Note
      : The default keyboard layout is U.S. English while started from the installation disc. If you use a keyboard layout other than U.S English, use the Input menu (the flag icon on the right side of the menu bar) to select the desired layout before typing a new password.
    4. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
    5. Select the user name of your original administrator account.

      Important: Do not select "System Administrator (root)". This is actually the root user. You should not confuse it with a normal administrator account.

      ht1274_leopard.png
    6. Enter a new password.
    7. Click Save.
    8. Click the red button in the upper left corner to quit the application.
    9. Choose Quit Mac OS X Installer... from the Mac OS X Installer menu.
    10. Click Restart.

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