Updating to mac os x
You can do this by selecting “login” under Keychains on the left and choosing Delete from the Edit menu. I got to the “setting up” part, but this has been going on for 6 hours.
You’ll lose everything in the Keychain, but you’ll now be able to start fresh and add new ones. running os 10.6.8 I get to step 6 and the response is “Is command not found” I tried it all twice, the second time leaving out the optional step 3. I hadn’t used the Mac Book Pro in several years, had to “trick it” into thinking it had NOT been set up, but it seems to be stuck.
If you want, you can log back in with your new admin account and re-check the “Allow user to administer this computer” option in System Preferences to grant admin privileges to the original user again. As always, remember messing with single-user mode and Terminal is risky and may lead to trouble if you make mistakes.
Considering you’re already locked out of the computer, though, you’ll probably be willing to take your chances at this point. if you have a Keychain Access password, you will probably need to reset that as well. I’m not actually locked out of the computer, just can’t update software that requires admin password.
This means when you restart the machine, it will take you through the entire setup & registration process all over again.
Do not worry, all of your pre-existing data is still available.
It shut down perfectly, then started up again in what looked like recovery mode, and then it shut down again. I have tried the tricks above to reset the password or login as a new administrator, but have had no luck. Worked perfectly for me first time on 10.5.8 – much appreciated.
There are ways of bypassing nearly any security measure when a hacker is literally sitting right in front of your system.
The information here has previously been made available from many different sources online and is presented with the intention of helping people with legitimate reasons for resetting their Mac OS X password.
I am not that good, so please be gentle and clear in what I need to do. Paul C reboot system and after inputting mount -uw / and pressed Enter. please help me recovering password it is a used ibook os x 4 with already a profile thank you for your help.
i rebooted system by pressing cmnd s and after inputting mount -uw / and pressed Enter. please help me recovering password it is a used ibook os x 4 with already a profile thank you for your help.