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Who is my computer's "Administrator"? How can I change it?

I am the only one who ever uses my MacBook. For the past two years I haven't been able to make changes to my hard drive (installing system updates, etc.) because my username and password never worked when it prompted me to type in "Administrator Account and Password" ...

Now that I'm trying to tackle the problem, I realize that I listed myself as a "Standard User" when I first launched the OS. Because I am listed as "Standard", the computer never accepts my user name or password as an "Administrator". No one else has used this computer, so how do I find access to the "Administrator" when I listed myself as a "Standard User"? All help is greatly appreciated!

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Hi Kaites33,
To create a Administrator account on your MacBook, follow the instructions below, however, please note that this will only work if "Open Firmware Password Protection" has NOT been enabled. Anyhow, it's worth a try.
1. Shutdown your MacBook. 2. Press the power button to start the computer. 3. Immediately press and hold the Command (Apple) Key and the "s" key, until you see white text appear on a black screen. 4. At the prompt, type the following commands, hitting "Return" after each.

  • mount -uw /
  • rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
  • reboot
  • --------------- Once your computer reboots, it will show the "Welcome to OS X" video, and guide you through the process of creating a new Admin User.
    Your current Standard User account will not be changed/harmed.
    During the creation of the new Admin account, remember to: a) select "DO NOT TRANSFER MY DATA". b) Keep the SAME computer name. c) Choose a DIFFERENT Username (Otherwise it will overwrite your old account)
    Once you have finished, you will have two accounts, and will be able to log in to either.
    Optionally, when you are logged in with the new Admin Account, you could change your existing account to an admin account, then log out, log in to the old account (which is now an admin account too) and then delete the new admin account.
    Hope this helps, and let me know if there is anything you do not understand.

    Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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