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How to change a password on iMAC without CD [Solved/Closed]

Trimor - Latest answer on Apr 18, 2013 06:31PM
I have iMAC G5,
I need to change the admin. password without a CD and I don't know the old password. Please if anyone knows the way how to change this password it will be a great help.
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You can try this:

But, it will create a new account and your old files will still not be accessible.

Creating a new Admin on Mac Os X:
Here's how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD.
the Working solution for me was to create a new admin
you can create new admin like this by deleting a specific file.

You need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:

1. Reboot

2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the chime. (command + s on newer Macs)

3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):

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

4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and your good to go again!

Good Luck!

newapple- Mar 6, 2013 08:52PM
thanks! worked great
Davm- Mar 11, 2013 03:39AM
This has not worked for me..
Any other suggestions?
R. Vitelli- Mar 19, 2013 12:38AM
Thank You!!!!!!! My brother and I both needed this badly
Scarlet- Apr 8, 2013 11:03PM
what if u dont have the original apple keyboard! im going crazy lol
rob- Apr 18, 2013 06:31PM
Its the window key
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Thank you, this worked on a computer I bought second hand. Its not that I didnt have the password, I just wanted to be the only admin on the computer. Now just to make sure if I deletted all their info, they cannot screw with my stuff? They cant use the finder stuff and change the passwords on me and look at my stuff. I didnt buy from a friend, it was craigslist. I just want to be secure, its now like brandnew settings?
Thanks again

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Apple mac g4 - password problems

This really worked for me! First time.
Thanks to all concerned and the bloggers which made interesting reading.

I was given a Mac as spare but no discs or passwords. Those that were supplied did not work.
With the instructions here i was in immediately and able to clear out every thing.
It is a more up to date version of my own Mac so thanks again,

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