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Apple Mac Hello, My cousin gave me an APPLE MAC OS computer and I do not know the username or password. I can not log in. Please tell me if there is any way to log in without a username and password.

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Unless the machine is set up so that it will only operate for a selected user, you should be able to simply use it. Logging in may only mean that you have access to files that the previous owner has set to be used only by someone who logs in. When it asks you to log in, if it does, simply hit return and see what happens.

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