Reset macOS High Sierra Admin password

Janicemaye 2 Posts Monday February 5, 2018Registration date February 5, 2018 Last seen - Feb 5, 2018 at 06:52 AM - Latest reply: khloeyang 1 Posts Saturday July 14, 2018Registration date July 14, 2018 Last seen
- Jul 14, 2018 at 09:54 AM
I am having trouble resetting my admin password in macOS high Sierra. I tried the steps mentioned here in thread http://ccm.net/forum/affich-73393-change-mac-admin-password-without-the-disk and everything was going smoothly as mentioned but in recovery mode I could not see any hard drive partition no Macintosh HD it's completely blank. Also the command "rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone" does not help as it does not restart the apple setup.
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Neilgrant 1 Posts Monday February 5, 2018Registration date February 5, 2018 Last seen - Feb 5, 2018 at 01:40 PM
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You might have FileVault turned on. Macintosh hard drive is locked and invisible in recovery mode when FileVault is turned on until you turn it off or unlock the disk by supplying the FV password. When you get to recovery mode select disk utility > Select the hard drive name from the list on the left and go to File menu > Choose Unlock or Turn FileVault off. You will need the password for FV and then go back to terminal. Try resetpassword command.

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Janicemaye 2 Posts Monday February 5, 2018Registration date February 5, 2018 Last seen - Feb 5, 2018 at 01:45 PM
Thanks for the reply Neil, I have got this issue resolved finally. It really was filevault and somehow I found the recovery Key that I saved. I got help from this article https://iguruservices.com/support/reset-mac-admin-password/ which has put all the possible methods of resetting Mac admin password so nicely. Thanks again
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Luior 5 Posts Tuesday May 8, 2018Registration date May 18, 2018 Last seen - May 11, 2018 at 06:31 AM
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Hey, Janicemaye, you have solved the issue, right? But I still want to share some tips here, not just for you, but for the people who have the similar experiences. Now let's start.

Method 1. Reset macOS Password Using Recovery Mode.
This process is very straightforward and easy. You don’t need anything. No, bootable USB for macOS and no macOS DVD. Apple includes a Utility to reset an administrator’s password on every install Recovery HD partition. To use the Reset Password app, you’ll need to start your Mac using either the install DVD or the Recovery HD.
Step 1. First, Restart your computer and then press and hold Command+R until the Apple logo should appear. It means that you boot your device in Recovery Mode.

Step 2: On the welcome window choose the language then hit at Continue arrow button.

Step 3: A new window will be shown to you and navigate to Utilities Tab> Terminal.

Step 4: When you clicked on Terminal, start typing the below command.

resetpassword

Step 5: Choose the username then click Next.

Step 6: Type New Password with an appropriate hint that should not forget next time. Keep in mind that verify the password. It means you should enter the password for two times. Now click Next.

Step 7: Your user account password has been reset. Now you can reboot your computer to sign in with the new password. Click Restart.

Step 8: Type your new password then hit Enter.


Method 2. Create New Admin Account to Reset the Old One
Step 1: Restart your Mac computer then press and hold on the Command+S from the keyboard.
Step 2: You’ll be promoted to a black colored screen with white color text. So type the following commands after one another.

Step 3: Once your system is restarted, don’t touch any key then let it boot normally.
Step 4: When the system boots, you will see the installation process when you setup MacOS for the first time.
Step 5: Create a new user account.
Step 6: Once you login to your new account, navigate to Apple logo> Preferences> Users & Groups.

Step 7: Click the “Lock” icon then enter your “Username” and “Password”.
Step 8: Choose the old user then click on “Reset Password“.
Step 9: Type the new password and verify it. If you would like to enter a hint just type and click “Change Password”. log out of your account and navigate to your old account with the new password you have created in step 9.
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khloeyang 1 Posts Saturday July 14, 2018Registration date July 14, 2018 Last seen - Jul 14, 2018 at 09:54 AM
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Maybe this could help you
https://www.cizutech.com/how-to-boot-mac-on-recovery-mode/
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