MacOS - Change the admin password (no installation disk)

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In this tutorial you'll learn how to change or reset the Mac admin password without the installation disk. This solution implies the the creation a new account on the Mac OS X!


The solution is to create a new admin by deleting a specific file. You need to enter terminal and create a brand new admin account:
  • 1. Reboot
  • 2. Hold Apple +S after you hear the chime (Command + S on new models).
  • 3. When you get prompted, enter these commands in order to create a new account (hitting return after each line):
  • mount -uw /  
  • rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone 
  • shutdown -h now 
  • 4. After your Mac rebooted you should have a brand new account as administrator.
  • 5. Log-in and delete the previous admin account!

Thanks to xpcman for this tip.
Jean-François Pillou

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