Lost MAC password

So someone asked me to access their MAC to which they added they had lost the password and didn’t have any OSX disks.  Difficult I thought, BUT no, EASY !

So this manual doesn’t change or retrieve the lost password. but does allow you to create another administrator account on the MAC. Once your in as a new administrator you can get your data back or just to into account and change the password for the original account.

1) Boot your MAC from off (not sleep) and hold the “command” key and the “S” key at the same time.

2) Once at the prompt root# let go and type the following:

mount -uw /

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
shutdown -h now

4) the MAC will reboot and you will do the welcome setup (where you create a new account)

5) login as that new user and then change the account password for the locked account in settings.

6) Clean up by logging in as your unlocked your and delete the temp admin account we just created in the MAC settings.

Please try and add a note to confirm.

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    • Kyle Wadman
    • November 21st, 2011

    MAC Mini 1Core (Intel) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8)

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