Mac Password Hacking

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I had an interesting task at work last week. I had to prepare a Mac for some testing. Doesn’t sound like much but the Mac had been used by a former employee and nobody knew the password he had used on it. I tried various possibilities based on my knowledge of him, his family, his work and his interests. None of them worked. This called for a more subversive approach.

I did some searching on Google and found a page that discusses how to hack passwords on a Mac. Various methods suggested on several pages of comments to that page had failed. Figuring I had nothing to lose I decided to try mixing the methods I had found until I found one that worked. I figured if I hosed the machine at this point it wouldn’t be a big deal. The machine was useless to me in it’s current state anyway so I would have had no qualms about clearing the hard drive and starting from scratch. The only reason I was still going at it was for the challenge. So off I went.

After only about 2 or 3 tries I came across the following method that worked for me:

  1. Click Restart at the login window
  2. While the computer is restarting, hold down “Command-S” until you see text scrolling through the window. This boots the computer into single user mode.
  3. At the Localhost% prompt type:

    /sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
    /sbin/mount -uw / [Enter]
    sh /etc/rc[Enter]

  4. When the Localhost% prompt reappears, type:

    passwd [username]

    (Replace [username] with the username you want to change and leave out the brackets.)

    You will then be prompted to type a new password for this user 2 times.

  5. After entering the new password, type:

    reboot

  6. At the login window, enter the username with the new password.

    Voila!

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what is meant by hold down command-s….
can u give other equivalent key to it

The command key is also known as the apple key. It’s the one with the Apple logo on it.

How can you find the old password, i hate trying to remember new ones

As far as I know you can’t recover the old one. But since you don’t remember that one anyway it doesn’t really make much of a difference. Whether you’re being reminded of an old password you forgot or making a new one it would still be something you’d have to remember that you didn’t remember before.

Does this, for lack of a better term, hurt the computer in anyway. I mean does it wipe the memory or change anything from what it was before?

Speaking only from my experience this does not have any ill affects on the computer. All the data is still there.

ive tried this on my power book and it dont work. if i type in sh /etc/rc it says unbound variable. is there another way to do this?

Read through the comments at the link I referenced in my post. They give many different variations on this method and odds are you’ll find one that will work for you.

what if you put a password on an account of yours and forgot it but you want to keep everything on the account can i still use this method?

This method changes the password only. It does not do anything else.

in the directions you have:

/sbin/fsck -y
/sbin/mount -uw /
sh /etc/rc

what are we supposed to do at the line breaks such as press enter?

m -

Yes, hit enter at the line breaks.

- Dave

When exacly do i press command-s.when the loadin bar is loadin or on the screen befor that cuz it aint worken.and does it make a diffrence if i have the cap lock on or not

From the very beginning. If holding it down doesn’t work then try holding down command and tapping the S key.

ahh please help me! this is not working at all for me! someone needs to give me step by step EXACTlY everything that needs to be typed!

The method I described worked for me. I wrote the post exactly as it needed to be typed for me. As I said in the post I needed to do some experimentation (by mixing methods I found at other sites) until I found the combination of commands that worked for me. This exact method may or may not work for you. If it didn’t work for you then I suggest you follow the link I gave in the post and/or do Google searches to find a method that may work for you.

what sort of Mac were you doing this on? Which version of OS? Do you think the procedure varies by these two variables, or is that because of something else?

This was a G3 Mac with one of the OS X versions on it (I don’t remember which one). I do not know what causes the procedure to vary.

Man I want to kiss you,
this worked for me
Thank yo :))))))))

Please, come on now, all you need is nothing: OK, restart your computer, hold down Command-S and type in the following:

/sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
/sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]
reboot [Enter]

Once you’ve done that the computer reboots and ask you to set up an admin password. From there you just change all other account passwords in the account preferences!!

hehehe this is done guys ????

It won’t let me type in the new password. Do you have any solution?

Arun – All I know is in the post and your mileage may vary.

Does this way of hacking the computer damage it in any way, like erasing files or crashing? Also, once your logged on can you just switch the password to any other password the normal way? One last thing, does this work for any mac or does it need to be a laptop/desktop or a certain version?? Just curious Thank You.

All those questions have been answered to the best of my knowledge in the original post and the comments above. Please read through them and if you have any questions after that feel free to ask more.

- Dave

Hi!

I cant type anything when I come as far as when they ask me to type in the new Password.
None of the buttons work…only enter, and i cant leave it blank offcorse.
Did anyone have the same problem and did you come up with a soulution.

Thanks
Gustav

when you say
/sbin/fsck -y
/sbin/mount -uw /
sh /etc/rc

are there any spaces between ( -y and the start of /sbin/mount -uw / ) ?????????????????

i have tried many a time with using space without and i get nothing. is it because i am doing it on a school comp.

After each line hit enter. These are separate commands.

ok thank you will this mess up the school computer???

The data on the machine will be fine. But you will be resetting the admin password on the machine. I don’t know what your motivation is here but the school has admins for these machines. You should let them handle admin level issues.

Hey you guys!!! try the method of the indian guy posted on this comments. It will let you create your own administrator account!!! This means that for now on you can change everything on the computer including the passwords of the other accounts that were before.
I seriously recommend it!!
Only one thing, I don’t know if it would happen to everyone but in my case after filling all the blanks with my info I got to a part where it asks if I wanted to try for free the .Mac account and after clicking continue nothing happened. Do not scare, just quit the application with command+Q and it will send you to the desktop.

ok i hold down “apple+s” at the main screen; that works fine. but when i try to type in

“/sbin/fsck -y
/sbin/mount -uw /
sh /etc/rc”

it tells me “illegal option”
what do i do??

Does anyone know how to reformat the drive without using the installer cd’s or delete everything off the harddrive except for the operating system?

what if i don’t want to change the users password?

Cory – If you don’t want to change the password then this discussion will not help you.

I have a MacBook Pro with leopard and it wont seem to work. Is there anything specific with leopard?

after i put sh /etc/rc it gives me a error ..

what should i do

and if i continue typing passwd [username]

it doesn’t do anything

I press command-s at start up and it takes me to a screen that says
“Welcome to yaboot version 1.3. 13
enter “help to get some basic usage information
boot: ”

and I cant do ant thing after that

Hello guys. I tried this several times and it didn’t work. I then took out the sh /etc/rc and just entered passwd [username] and it worked. Hopefully this will help some of you guys.

Hi, I have a MacBook Pro running 10.4.10. I’ve been trying various combinations of commands in order to try to reset the password, but when I run /etc/rc, some commands run but then I get a blue screen with the mouse cursor, but it doesn’t seem to go any further. I thought /etc/rc didn’t start the GUI but it seems like it’s trying. Any ideas?!

Diddle

Some help plz. i had bought the laptop on ebay. i old owner has her info on the admin. i have tried to change the info but it is asking me for her password. rite now the laptop works fine but i am affraid that if try this method and if it does nt work then would i be stuck on the login window or it will work but still with old admin info

uhm is there a way of unlocking the firmware? it prevents me from booting..

Big thanks for this post!

I used a variation found on the link you included which worked.

The weirdest thing brought me to need this hack. I reinstalled the OS keeping user accounts and network prefs intact. On initial startup after reinstall, all three user passwords wouldn’t work!!! Very frustrating. I think I’ll try the reinstallation that nukes the old user accounts which I have backed up anyway..

Thanks again. cheers

Akash Gupta(indian guy), your method worked perfectly.

I am not geting the localhost% prompt. What do i do?

Does it wipe your Hard drive?

No. Your data is safe.

when i hold command s it does nothing

Power the computer on and hold command s right away. keep holding it. It may take a minute.

does this really work..
cos mums brought new apple mac that no one knows the password too and shes fallen out with the woman who sold it to us -.-;
and im worried i might bugger it up

plus im a new user and im not sure about where the command and s keys are sorry =’[
thanks =]

Danni -

It’s hit or miss. It works on some Macs but not on others. Some work with a variation of the steps in the post. You have nothing to lose by trying it since it will not harm the Mac in any way. If my steps don’t work then look through the comments and you’ll find some variations that may work for you.

- Dave

i tried all these methods and nothing at all works. it gives me zero results. my version is a mac os x 10.3.3. i dont need the password to get on, but i need it to install updates, im not sure if that is the problem. when i turn on it goes directly into an account, so i dont actually need the password to logon

this thread is amazing though
been around for almost 2 yrs. wow :|

Peter -

Let me see if I understand your situation. You turn on your Mac and are automatically logged into an account. When you run an update you are asked for a username and password. You don’t know the password because you never use it. Is this correct? If so then just change the password on the account you are using. If that account has admin rights you should be good to go. Give it a shot and please comment on your results here so we can learn from your experience.

- Dave

Keeping it alive in 2008…

Had this problem with an old G4 Powerbook. None of the instructions in the post would work. Read the comments and tried the Indian Guy’s instructions and it worked! I am now the admin of a old G4 Powerbook! Thank you Akash Gupta(indian guy)!!!

Thanks Dave for the post and getting the ball rolling. That having been said, Akash Gupta(indian guy), your post bailed me out wonderfully. Thanks to both of you.

thank you sooo much my dad bought me this computer and i couldnt use my ipod on it or anyting cause i needed a software update but i needed an admin password and the guy who sold it sed it was 1234 but it wasnt n it was basicly useless for me cause all i do is watch movies listen to music n use the internet so i needed the admin password in order to do anything even download 7.4 itunes and i googled this before but no help but this time it took me to this page thanks alot i can finally use my comp now

I’m on a family admin account, and i’m trying to change the password for my account that you can switch to, but i forgot the password does this thing work?

Everything worked for me except when it asks for the new password it freezes and I have to start to all over it again just for it to do the same thing. Any suggestions?

Will it still come up with all the data on the computer??

William – Yes, all the data will be on the computer.

hey guys i did the indian guys thing but then it restarted my computer and everything was lost!!!! EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!it asked me for the language and junk and now………….just someone pleaaaaaaaaase help!!!

hey! why did it restart my whole computer!? everything is gone!!!!!!!!lost!!!!everything!!! help!!!!

Hey I finally figured out how to reset my password on leopard after a couple hours of fooling around with all the different advice from this post. It really saved me. thank you to all. This is the combo I came up with that worked:

/sbin/fsck -y [enter]
/sbin/mount -uaw [enter]
passwd [usernamem] (put the administrators username, no the word username and take off the brackets)
type in a new password at prompt the two times it asks
type reboot

I had lost my administrator password. I had trouble with Dave’s first suggestion though it got me close. I tried Akash’s deal and I too thought it wiped everything out (although I didn’t care much cause I was pretty much resigned to having lost it all anyway) cause it restarted the computer and acted like it was a brand new mac. I realized, after that all it did was create a new user and the adminsitrator was still there and I hadn’t lost any data but of course I still didn’t have the password. What Akash’s data taught me, however, was that it wasn’t “-uw” it was “-uaw”.

is there a way of finding out wat the current pass word is WITHOUT changin the username and password?

@shadowangel: For 10.2 Panther it is quite easy, after moving up to Tiger and Leopard it is no longer possible. Passwords at this stage are hashed with SHA1, and it would take months for even, say, a computer with 4 gb ram and Intel Core 2 Extreme to hack the hash with brute force. Needless to say, it may even be impossible.
@Gupta the Indian guy: Users running 10.4+ may experience problems with this, the resulting admin account sometimes can not function at all.

You’re best bet is to use these commands:
/sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
sh /etc/rc [Enter] (Note: I have no idea why but on some machines a blue screen of death, or bsod, appears. I am trying to figure out why, too.)
password [Enter] (Fill it in with your username.)
Two password prompts will appear. Sometimes the password will not show, but it is working. Enter in your new password once, press enter, then input again.
reboot [Enter]
Well hope that helped, email me at ricktakei@gmail.com if you need more help.

it still ends up the same.you still need to know the old password to get the new one. I need to know how to hack the computer without having to write the old password down. And do u know how to make a new password without needing to know the old one?

christine -

The steps in my original post allowed me to change the password without knowing the old one. If it doesn’t work for you then try one of the other suggestions from the comments. I’m pretty sure you will find what you need.

- Dave

Nice! Need to try dis one out!

I read through the posts and thought I had the problem knocked – I bought a used G4 running Tiger with Sawtooth (I think) on eBay, but the seller neglected to give me the UN and PW. I tried what Akash suggested, and got through the setup process, but when the machine started to boot after I finished the setup, the screen went blue, my monitor made a ‘bink’ sound and there was a squiggly white flash on the screen, and then the screen went black – nothing. Please help! I need to get this machine working so I can do my taxes! TurboTax won’t run on a Mac that runs 10.3!

Thanks for this great peace of advice if you don’t have any installerdisc for your Mac. If someone has questions about installer discs from Apple; I collect these and investigated on what Macs most of the discsets will install. So don’t hesitate to ask me if you have a non-working set or you lost or damaged yours. I can check it out for You. Also for advise about which set to buy from Auctionsites for your own Mac. With these disks you can easily reset your Administrator Password assuming that you can startup your Mac from these DVD’s.
Greetings; macfan55 g m a i l dot c o m

I Have A MacBook And I Cant Get It To Go To The Reboot SEssion?
You Said Command And S?

Yes. Be sure you are holding down the command key then push and hold the S key.

Still Not Workin Help?

Is Dis Before The Start Up Sound Or After?

I’m not at my Mac right now so I can’t double check. I’d say try it both ways and see if it works either way.

Nothing Seems To Work

hey I just want to be 100% sure that this will not erase any previous information/data from the old account right?? I completely forgot my password and my account but i really don’t want to loose all my documents and songs and stuff. That won’t happen will it??

Shanna -

It shouldn’t. In the two times that I have done it my data was safe. All other sources have said that their data was safe as well.

- Dave

thank you dave! but now i type in passwd (my username) and it doesn’t ask me for a password? Am i doing it wrong?

This didn’t work for me. I typed in my new password and it seem to recognize the new password but it told me that it could not log in at this time. Can someone please help me. I really need to get work done

Hey will this work with the macbook white….?

Vanessa -

I don’t think the hardware matters. You have nothing to lose by trying it and seeing if it works for you.

- Dave

It work for me ..but only up to the part that said new password once it got there it wouldnt let me type a new password. :-(

Thank you so much this is a great way to hack and iI and i would I would recommend it to anyone!!
:) :)
Thank you

Guys,the first mac, Idid this before reading this page , it worked very simply. Thenon myothermac, i tried the same thing butit didn’twork. You need to try many different ways because many macs are different

I am still getting “Could not log in at this time” error… any help for that?

wow, this actually worked :)

Hi Guys HELP I’m in South America with no close Apple service center. I have an old Imac G5 with Mac OSX Leopard installed.I decided to upgrade the memory and then do a complete new back up with my Time Capsule.
What happened was somehow it changed my administrator’s name or password, also on my users account in System Preferences I only am showing now two accounts both with my name and both as a standard account, no administrators account.So I can’t do anything because each time I try to chance something it asks for the administrators name and password. I have tried everything I know but can’t get access as I always get the same, name or password incorrect.
Checking all the Apple help sites they all say the same, to change the administrators name of password,
insert the start up disk and restart pressing the C button then go to utilities and change the password. I did manage to do this once, but for what ever reason it didn’t work and since then I can’t get it to restart on C
Also I can’t get it to restart from the install DVD because that asks me for my administrators name and password.
I also have read through all your posts and tried to restart using command and C but it just takes me to my main page. I’m way past the stage of throwing it out the window, so any help would be really appreciated. I also use a G4 powerbook, but don’t know if I could use this in any way. Thanks Robert

does this work for the Powerbook G4?

I don’t know. You probably have nothing to lose by trying.

Was told to try this, but it didn’t work for me :-( but may help someone else. ( this came direct from Apple )

What I would try to do..

Restart the machine and hold down the shift Key.. (Be patient it will take at least 5 Mins to boot up and you need to hold the shift key all the time)

It will boot in SAFE MODE.

You will be asked for a user name and password.. or you will see an account called other.

Use the user name root

Password (your old administrator password)

If this fails to let you in reboot the machine and hold down the apple key and the S key.

The machine will boot into single user mode.. Look a bit like ms dos.. and there will be a command line you can type on.

In the command line type.

/sbin/mount uw / (hit return) this will only work if you have leopard installed.

then type passwd (hit return)

Enter a new password and hit return (you will not be able see the password as you type)

confirm the password by re-typing it.

Reboot again holding down the shift key.

Once again enter the user name root and password (your new password)

Once you are login in as root go to system preference and choose only account. In here there is an option (check box) to make it and admin account and to reset it password..

I’m still looking for a way, someone somewhere please

I sent my laptop in for repairs and pulled out my old G4 Laptop. Its been so long, I remember the password BUT NOT The login name. How would i get to to a list of users so I can get my Login name. ITS been so long that I cant find my old disks. Please Help,
Thx
Mike

Does it create a new account or does it just
modify your non-administrator
account?

It does exactly what I originally wrote: change the password of the account. No new accounts are created.

Hi! I was wondering if you could maybe help me with this.

I lost my admin password of my Powerbook G4, so I used:

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

to remove the old admin account so i could create a new one. This worked perfectly in just one try. But when i have to fill in my data (Apple ID, name, address, etc.) the keyboard is disabled! It just makes this annoying sound when i press any key. Without entering your data you obviously can’t continue registration.

The keys do work untill that introduction clip starts.

Help would be very much appreciated, since my laptop is useless this way.!

ok accedentally entered one wwrng key and the computer froze i restarted it it got black an dblue restarted it again and now its just blue and nothing else but with the mouse key in the top left corner frozen

Thanks for this. Got a 2007 imac with a dead DVD drive and a user name but no password and no discs. This got it running with a new log in, but previous owner’s stuff is still on it and locked. Is there any way to clear THAT unknown password so I can access the folders and then delete them?

Is there any way to get into the computer without changing the password?

Chris -

This thread isn’t about that sort of thing.

dosit work on imac 3g

troy -

Don’t know. Why not try it and let us know.

- Dave

I attempted to follow your steps and im sure I did it wrong because now my screen is completely offset. Is there something i can do to reset my screen so its back to normal again? ps i attempted to adjust the settings in the system preferences and still nothing…thnks-skaleton

Thanks, Dave! Slight variant: after wrong password attempts for non-admin accounts, buttons on login frame are grayed out (e.g. sleep, restart…). Keyboard & mouse work to enter text in username & password fields, but system otherwise unresponsive. Power button puts iMac to sleep, but it wakes frozen on login screen. Any ideas? (iMac PPC G5 2MHz OS 10.4.11)

please help, i have a used macbook that originally belonged to a school. I have the start up disc but no adminstrator’s password. I have tried all of the suggested methods to bypass but this laptop will not boot to single user mode. It repeatedly asks for adiministrator’s password even with the disc!!

I did what the Akash Gupta(indian guy) said to do and it cleared my hard drive. Who knows how to get it back????????

you are amazing thank you

Nice! It worked on my PowerBook G4 10.4
I used Akash’s tip, Thank you! :)

Worked for me!! Thank you Dave for posting this!

It worked on my iMac Intel Core 2 Duo with 10.4 installed.

I’m sooo stupid

I’m a know it all stupid asian kid

i cant get the command-S to work it will work on my macbook but nit the one ive bout and dont no the password any ideas?

does this eliminate the previous user log in you had before, or does it just create a new user profile. separate from the one you had before? in other words, will this new username be the primary administrator?

and would i need to have my Mac OS X install DVD in the computer?

does it work for mac osx

Leon – This changes the password for the username designated in step 4. There is no new user being created here. The install DVD should not be needed.

Tre – Different variations work on different flavors of OSX.

dave can you help me with a 17′ imac school model everything i do on it or try to do asks for the administrator username & password how do i get thru with out it.

jonesee – The information in this post and some of the variations mentioned in the comments are all I can offer you.

how do u get the old password my brother locked my computer he has his own computer but sometimes he goes on mine and i dont want him finding out i change it so please help or my idea is can u hack to look for a old password

alright so i did this and i got the password hashes from var db shadow hashes. what do i do with those? how do i decrypt them? i uploaded here http://www.mediafire.com/?x5imjzzonjd

Man thank you! You are awesome!!!

I got a new unibody mac runnin 10.6. I set it up so it would log in automatically
therefore I never needed an admin password. So in System Preferences, I go to Account and push the lock and it asks me for admin password. I entered it numerous times and It doesn’t work. I tried all your options above and none worked. Is there a way for me to do this. I am trying to downgrade from Snow L to Leopard. Help out guys my email is that_guyv@yahoo.com

hi,
great dave !

i got a macbook pro a1286
i lost my password
since i follow your directive

then command s
/sbin/fsck -y
/sbin/mount -uaw
passwd [username]

it told me : unknown user name
then i try type niutil -list . /users to get a list if users

it don’t give me any valable user name
so i type : passwd root
it ask me to enter a new password (not show what i type)
then retype password

to finish it told me unable to change the password for record root. eDSRecordNotFound :’(

i’m lost !
can u help me ??

oups i forgot i’m french sorry if my english isn’t well !

last comment : do u think it’s good to change the RAM and then press command+option+p+r ??
if it’s the last thing i can do, because i’m really desperate.
thanks for your opinion!

well, it’s ok … this is good url
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwL3GAWsjzo&annotation_id=annotation_573479&feature=iv

and so i did :

command+s
/sbin/mount -uw /
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone
reboot

ca a fonctionné pour moi !!!!
thanks

This worked for me!

I have a unibody Macbook Pro 15″ 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.
I decided to update iTunes two weeks ago.
It was then, when I was prompted to input my admin password, that I realized that I had forgotten it. The hint didn’t even ring a bell!
I looked it up on the net and immediately found that the “easy” solution was to use the Mac OS X boot disk. Great! Problem solved!
I inserted the disk.
My laptop spit it right back out.
I reinserted.
Spit right back out.
I played that game for hours.
The next day I called Apple to find out my warranty had expired A DAY EARLIER!
So the disk drive is a separate issue!
But I did figure out a way to “back-door” into my Mac.
To “Hack-a-Mac” and reset the admin password.

This method is posted to assist those who are the OWNERS of Macs and NEED to gain access to their OWN machines.
If you are a waste-of-flesh thief! Kharma IS a bitch! and she WILL catch up to you.
The following is what worked for ME on my machine.
I make no guarantees or promises that this will work for you.
All machines are as different as their individual users.

1) Reboot or restart your Macbook Pro
2) When you hear the boot-up “tone” hold down “command” and “s” keys simultaneously, until you see a black screen with text on it, when you see this, release the keys.
3) Wait for all of the codes to load.
4) Press the “return” key once to make sure you have a fresh root prompt.
5) Enter the following: /sbin/mount(space)-uw (space)/
**Do not type the (space)! this is where you will tap the spacebar! these spaces are important! but type everything else.
6) Press “return” It should say something like “removed orphaned unlinked files” or something
7) Now enter: rm(space)/var/db/.applesetupdone
8) Press “return”
9) Now enter: reboot
10) Press “return”
11) The machine will now reboot. It will ask you for language selection and go thru the intro video as it did when you first bought your machine.
12) It will ask if you want to transfer data! I did. I didn’t lose anything by doing it and it may be integral to not losing any personal things.
13) Next it will ask for you internet connection stuff. know it or set it up later.
14) Next it will ask you to create a new local account to administer the computer. IMPORTANT: Do NOT name it the same as the previous account! It will overwrite the previous account completely!!!
15) After creating the account you will automatically be logged in as the new admin!

From here you can access the previous account and change the password to one you will hopefully remember!
Now you can delete the newest account and continue with the old account.
Every once and a while it asks me for a “keychain pass” I just click cancel and continue.

I hope this helps!

the process the indian guy said it worked for my both mac books .

but my next problem is how to install safari back on the system bcoz i see it has be uninstalled from my mav=chine and iam unable to use my computer with the internet as there are no browsers. there is no safari and not even firefox.

plzzzzzzzzzzzz

some one help me in these issue

thanks

Well I was trieng to changE my password, and it said file or directory not found ( at third part.) the os is 10.4.11 or 10.1.14 I don’t remember, as I do not have it with me, could this be because it’s linked to a big chain of computers? If you log into the same user on diff CPUs you van see file changes happen (when you change a file)

Thank you both Dave and Akash!!!! this worked a treat… while not how I expected!

I purchased a second hand iBook G4 a few months ago and was unable [not knowing the Admin password] to delete certain programs or alter the TIME!!!

I tried Daves way and it all looked good… but didnt change anything for me…

then I tried what Akash posted… (below) and it rebooted prompting me to create a whole new administrator profile (while leaving all of my information on my other ‘user’ profile) which allowed me to modify everything I hadnt been able to previously by using the new username and password!

so again THANK YOU both!

this is what worked for me:
—-
restart your computer, hold down Command-S and type in the following:

/sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
/sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]
reboot [Enter]

Glasgow good work i was looking all over for this info this man right here gave me worked perfect i just deleted the admin account soo i dont get that key chain error works perfect the other acc waas giving me prolems so i deleted it soo i just started out fresh and clean thanks to this tutorial

This method is posted to assist those who are the OWNERS of Macs and NEED to gain access to their OWN machines.
If you are a waste-of-flesh thief! Kharma IS a bitch! and she WILL catch up to you.
The following is what worked for ME on my machine.
I make no guarantees or promises that this will work for you.
All machines are as different as their individual users.

1) Reboot or restart your Macbook Pro
2) When you hear the boot-up “tone” hold down “command” and “s” keys simultaneously, until you see a black screen with text on it, when you see this, release the keys.
3) Wait for all of the codes to load.
4) Press the “return” key once to make sure you have a fresh root prompt.
5) Enter the following: /sbin/mount(space)-uw (space)/
**Do not type the (space)! this is where you will tap the spacebar! these spaces are important! but type everything else.
6) Press !return! It should say something like “removed orphaned unlinked files” or something
7) Now enter: rm(space)/var/db/.applesetupdone
Press “return”
9) Now enter: reboot
10) Press “return”
11) The machine will now reboot. It will ask you for language selection and go thru the intro video as it did when you first bought your machine.
12) It will ask if you want to transfer data! I did. I didn’t lose anything by doing it and it may be integral to not losing any personal things.
13) Next it will ask for you internet connection stuff.know it or set it up later.
14) Next it will ask you to create a new local account to administer the computer. IMPORTANT: Do NOT name it the same as the previous account! It will overwrite the previous account completely!!!
15) After creating the account you will automatically be logged in as the new admin!

From here you can access the previous account and change the password to one you will hopefully remember!
Now you can delete the newest account and continue with the old account.
Every once and a while it asks me for a “keychain pass” I just click cancel and continue.

i have white macbook 13″ and it worked perfect

I hope this helps!

I restarted my G4 and all of my files are gone? itunes, iphoto, everything empty! Please help?

jonni – worked great
:)

This is a slightly different question. I have a work macbook pro that I want to be able to take overseas but it has a number of limitations locked by a Admin password. It is quite easy to change the hard drive in the new macbook pro but is the admin username and password on the existing drive or locked away in some part of the computer? It would be great if I could swap drives, install the OS and necessary software but would it still ask for the existing password. I’m not in a position to change the administration password.

man, glasgow you the man. it worked for me on ma macair.thanks man. we can hook-up and give me some advice on ma mac since im new to macbooks. thanks man.

thanks a lot booker : reset_admin_4_lepard cuz ur processes going work .

yo thanks dave some of these ppl r so dume its lik they dnt kno wat computers r keep up the good hackin

What will happen if there is other accounts already on the mac? Will it erase other accounts? Does it make a whole new user or change one?

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Ive tried the command+s after restarting my mac osx macbook before the chime nothing happened just loaded me to the basic blue screen and the login box tried it after the chime and same thing..just loads regulary to login blue screen. What do I do?

so i did every thing until i put passwd space than the username i wanted but it says somting about cant be found

is there any way the admin will know/ can find out? do i find out the original password? i hate the parental controls…

Thanks so much Dave. After reading through these comments, I just feel like saying one thing: Anyone that has the intention of bugging Dave for an answer to their question by asking a question in the first place (does that make sense?): Read the comments first. And the article.

Thanks for the comment, Jake. Now if only you could communicate the same thing to the people who email me with questions on this subject. :)

- Dave

does this work on 10.4.11 models if not do you know any sites that do? If so I am confused with typing the password twice it doesn’t seem to work for me.

Thank you,

Matthew

I can’t get my black screen to come up for me to change password an user name. I’m holding down the apple key and s but nothing is happening.What should I do?

that was sweet

i have macbook pro which i bought second hand, i donot have adisk and i cannot upgrade because i need to cahange the administrator ehich is blocked for acess by the old users login /& password . i have the login but canot have acess to the password is there a solution without buying a new operating software disk. uregent response pls hrelp required

WOW!
Indian Guy’s comment REALLY worked! Amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Ya, i realize i’m 3 years late…

does it wipe out all of the memory

Hi,

Sorry to bother you. But your instructions were very useful, except that it does not work on my computer. I get stuck on the line:

/sbin/mount -uw/

It says that this is an illegal command.

Do you know what might be the problem?

Thanks,
fangula

How do I get the Single User Mode to come up? command + S is not doing anything when pressed and held down upon start up, I am using MAC 9.1

please someone help me figure this out
Thank you
Sandra

when i try to put the password in it doesn’t type anything . what do i do ?

i have a problem guys everytime i want to download sumting i have to put the administrators password but my dad wont tell me the password can i find it out somehow if ichange it he will know sumtin is up or can i make my account an administrator as well ?

@lol

Er… I’m pretty sure your dad will notice if you change his password. And there is probably a way to make yourself an administrator, but then again, it would put you in charge of a computer that probably isn’t your own, if your dad is the admin, which I believe is against the intent of posting this hack for people to get into their own macs.

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hello,

I tried the codes. the first one worked. but the second one with rm /var/db/.applesetupdone does not work it says “no such file or directory.
Can someone please help me out???
or just send me a e-mail. a.ataie@hotmail.com

Thank you in advance

this helped immensely and worked on the first try.

It’s really not that hard. all you have to do is follow the damn instructions.

I just wanted to thank you for this post and let you know that whoever is having problems might be running snow leopard, which does not let you do this. You might want to add that to your post

There’s a similar solution for Snow Leopard that I recently outlined in a separate post here.

hi , this is really helpful! But I am worried that if I do change it that my laptop breaks [from a different reason] and the I.T guy tries to use the admin password i would get in heaps of trouble for changing it.
Not sure what to do, what is your advice.

Is there any way of just finding out the password.

oh and i forgot to mention that i am still at school

If I was dependent on an IT guy to fix my Mac I would not do this.

this work for me. any questions email me. suazosan@yahoo.com
I did figure out a way to ‘back-door’ into my Mac.
To “Hack-a-Mac” and reset the admin password.

This method is posted to assist those who are the OWNERS of Macs and NEED to gain access to their OWN machines.
If you are a waste-of-flesh thief! give it back.! or they WILL catch up to you.
The following is what worked for ME on my machine.
I make no guarantees or promises that this will work for you.
All machines are as different as their individual users.

1) Reboot or restart your Macbook Pro
2) When you hear the boot-up “tone” hold down “command apple key” and “s” keys simultaneously, until you see a black screen with text on it, when you see this, release the keys.
3) Wait for all of the codes to load.
4) Press the “return” key once to make sure you have a fresh root prompt.
5) Enter the following: /sbin/mount(space)-uw (space)/
**Do not type the (space)! this is where you will tap the spacebar! these spaces are important! but type everything else.
6) Press “return” It should say something like “removed orphaned unlinked files” or something
7) Now enter: rm(space)/var/db/.applesetupdone
Press “return”
9) Now enter: reboot
10) Press “return”
11) The machine will now reboot. It will ask you for language selection and go thru the intro video as it did when you first bought your machine.
12) It will ask if you want to transfer data! I did. I didn’t lose anything by doing it and it may be integral to not losing any personal things.
13) Next it will ask for you internet connection stuff. know it or set it up later.
14) Next it will ask you to create a new local account to administer the computer. IMPORTANT: Do NOT name it the same as the previous account! It will overwrite the previous account completely!!!
15) After creating the account you will automatically be logged in as the new admin!

From here you can access the previous account and change the password to one you will hopefully remember!
Now you can delete the newest account and continue with the old account.
Every once and a while it asks me for a “keychain pass” I just click cancel and continue.

I hope this helps!

Hey, i got this from my school and i am blocked from a lot of cool things. I was wondering if you could undo this or delete the second account withut leaving any tracks. While using the second account, can the real administrator find out you did it?

This cannot be undone.

i was wondering if there is any way to recover or reset the Master Password because i forgot the password to my account that i used a method similar to yours to make since my aunt forgot her password to her admin account. She, the owner of the Imac, forgot what her master password is and so, i cant reset the password from the login page and my account does not appear in the users tab in control panel. is there a way to reset the password without the master password because the only way i see of doing it is to use that master password and no one i know knows it.

if i try this on my brothers mac will he find out i was on it?

No. But he’ll be surprised that his password may no longer work. That being said I don’t support using this for doing things you shouldn’t be doing.

What if there is DeepFreeze on the computer? It gets messed up b/c the reboot triggers DF, right? I’m trying to get this done for my boss and I can’t think around it.

This is the only solution that worked for me including
osx disk and editing sudoers file. thanks a ton

what is the restart command??????????/

Thank you thank you thank you. It worked great

It works, great and good job

My keyboard does not have the Apple Command key, it is obviously not an Mac keyboard. Are there keys I can use instead?. Thanks.

Hey guys it might work better if you type this in

/sbin/mount -uw /

passwd [username]

New passwd: ( type new password here)

[EXIT] <— type this

Another thing is, you have to hold in command s when the white screen appears when rebooting. not before and not after. right as the white screen appears.

Does this work for a stardard macboom

*macbook

Um… can you just change the password without rebooting?

first of all, you guys probably dont know that the commands that dave posted are for some OS X before leopard and snow leopard (probably tiger). if ur on leopard or snow leopard,

boot into single user mode then type this stuff

/sbin/mount -uw /
rm var/db/.applesetupdone
reboot

this creates a new admin, u can reset the password of the original account on the new account you just created. as for just viewing the password in plaintext,it all depends, but if it works then no one will know that u got it, for all you guys on heavily parental controlled school computers. the thing is, you can only obtain the password in cleartext by cracking it. u can use john the ripper or rainbowcrack or something, but u might not be able to crack it. all passwords can be *theoretically* cracked, it just might take years or centuries. if ur IT guy knows what hes doing, he made a password that has caps and symbols and punctuation and numbers and stuff, which makes it extremely hard to crack. if undetected full access is your motive (it probably is if you have read my comment this far), u can use my hack listed above then swap the school account hashes(located in /var/db/shadow/hash) for yours then put them back when ur IT guy takes the computer in for updates or something… im assuming u have intermediate knowledge of OS X and know how to do this stuff and what i mean and how to find the GUID of all accounts. if you dont get what im saying then look it up on google or youtube. again, this is only for ppl who dont want the teacher or IT guy to know.

Great solution.

Alod, please note that I have a separate post addressing Snow Leopard. http://nothing.golddave.com/?p=1834

this is exactly how to do it for those who need step by step to the extreme like my mom LOL

You can try this:

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:
FOLLOW THESE STEPS, STEP BY STEP EXACTLY LIKE I RIGHT IT

TO ENTER THE TERMINAL :

MAKE SURE YOUR MAC IS OFF FIRST

IF ITS NOT POWER IT OFF BY THE POWER BUTTON OR CLICK ON THE SHUTDOWN AT YOUR LOGIN SCREEN IT DONT MATTER HOW YOU DO IT AS LONG AS IT IS OFF.

NOW PUSH THE POWER BUTTON TO POWER IT BACK ON,

AS SOON AS YOU PUSH THE POWER BUTTON AND IT BEGINS POWERING ON AS SOON AS YOU HEAR THE CHIME OR PUSH RITE AFTER PUSH ING THE POWER BUTTOM
PUSH AND HOLD DOWN THE APPLE AND THE LETTER S BUTTON AT THE SAME TIME.

IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER MAC PUSH AND HOLD THE APPLE AND C BUTTON AT SAME TIME

(THE APPLE BUTTON IS THE BUTTON THAT SAY COMMAND AND IS LOCATED ON BOTH SIDE OF THE SPACE BAR IT DONT MATTER WITCH ONE U PUSH BE SURE TO PUSH THEM AT SAME TIME AS SOON AS BEGIN POWERING LIKE ABOUT 4SECS OR LESS MAKE SURE U U DONT WAIT TO LONG AFTER POWERING ON OR IT WONT WORK AND YOULL HAVE TO SHUTDOWN AND TRY AGAIN)

KEEP HOLDING IT UNTIL A SCREEN POPS UP THATS BLACK WITH A BUNCH WRITING KNIDA LOOK LIKE A COMMAND PROMPT U CAN LET GO .
LET IT FINISH DOIN WHAT ITS DOING UNTIL NO MORE WRITING APPEARS AND BLINKING CURSOR LIKE THIS _ IS THERE.

NOW YOUR GOING TO WRITE THE FOLLOWING BELOW U DONT HAVE TO CLICK ON IT OR ANYTHING ITS READY FOR YOU TO BEGIN TYPING!!

FOLLOW THE NEXT STEPS EXACTLY BEING SURE TO NOT MISS ANYTHING

INCLUDE CAPS IF IT SHOWS A CAPITOL LETTER AND LOWER CASE THEN MAKE THEM CAP OR LOWER CASE AS GOES FOR SPACES AND ENTERS

(DO NOT TYPE ANYTHING I WRITE IN THE APPRENTICES THOSE ARE ONLY THERE TO HELP U SPACE IT RIGHT!!

mount (SPACEBAR) -uw (SPACEBAR)/ (ENTER)

rm(SPACEBAR) /var/db/.AppleSetupDone (ENTER, DONT FORGET TO CAPSLOCK THE A S AND D)

shutdown(SPACE) -h (SPACEBAR) now (ENTER)

SO THIS IS WHAT IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS WHEN U WRITE IT WITHOUT APPRENTICES HITTING ENTER AFTER EVERY END OF LINE!!

mount -uw /

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

shutdown -h now

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!

Apple stores wont reset it for you. Computer shops may charge you $50 to $200 trying to reinstall the Mac and failing at end.

FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THIS KIND OF STUFF A SIMPLE VERSION OF ABOVE LISTING
You can try this:

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!

Apple stores wont reset it for you. Computer shops may charge you $50 to $200 trying to reinstall the Mac and failing at end.

Does this method delete all the other accounts? Or does everything stay the same?

This method is posted to assist those who are the OWNERS of Macs and NEED to gain access to their OWN machines.
If you are a waste-of-flesh thief! give it back.! or they WILL catch up to you.
The following is what worked for ME on my machine.
I make no guarantees or promises that this will work for you.
All machines are as different as their individual users.

1) Reboot or restart your Macbook Pro
2) When you hear the boot-up “tone” hold down “command apple key” and “s” keys simultaneously, until you see a black screen with text on it, when you see this, release the keys.
3) Wait for all of the codes to load.
4) Press the “return” key once to make sure you have a fresh root prompt.
5) Enter the following: /sbin/mount(space)-uw (space)/
**Do not type the (space)! this is where you will tap the spacebar! these spaces are important! but type everything else.
6) Press “return” It should say something like “removed orphaned unlinked files” or something
7) Now enter: rm(space)/var/db/.applesetupdone
Press “return”
9) Now enter: reboot
10) Press “return”
11) The machine will now reboot. It will ask you for language selection and go thru the intro video as it did when you first bought your machine.
12) It will ask if you want to transfer data! I did. I didn’t lose anything by doing it and it may be integral to not losing any personal things.
13) Next it will ask for you internet connection stuff. know it or set it up later.
14) Next it will ask you to create a new local account to administer the computer. IMPORTANT: Do NOT name it the same as the previous account! It will overwrite the previous account completely!!!
15) After creating the account you will automatically be logged in as the new admin!

THANKS DAVE AND EVERYBPDY HERE I LOVE YOU ALL

EVERYBODY* I WORKED FOR HOURS ON THIS AND CAME HERE AND HAD IT COMPLETED IN 5MINS… THANK YOU!!!!!

WOW! thanks i cant tell you how much i appreciate this. worked perfectly.

NICE ONE!!!! MAN

hehe tried it on school, hacked into a guys account and i got caught. It’s either find a way to prevent this from happening, or get suspended, do you have any clues as to how to prevent people from doing this?

manny -

This is an operating system level hack. It’s built in. There’s no way I know of preventing it. Also, I do not support using this hack on a school computer or for any other malicious intent.

- Dave

Hi,
Have an iBook G4 mac OSX Tiger 10.4 which was given to me by a buddy while serving together in IRAQ,but he forgot to give me the password I have managed to take out the password with Command S method and I have come to the point of registration,gone thru the pages till I reach the page it says select the type of business and select “continue” than it freezes ,a blank page shows up with Back and Continue at the bottom.
Am I doing something wrong .Need your advice .Appreciate the help

thanks@@@
By kabir(9602922842)

Hi there,

I have a MacBook and when I try to do this I can’t get to the text… I hold down both command and s but it just keeps going to the login. I press them down as soon as I hear the chime.., please help!

Maybe performing your own Lobotomy is more precise – hell of allot easier than following this dead end post.

This is total B/S — there is NO WAY to get this stupid machine to go into CLI MODE as stated here in this dam long tail chasing post.

BOOT SCREEN? TEXT MODE SCREEN? Hay – this is not funny anymore – if you don’t know – shut your pie hole.

20-30-40 different sites say the same thing – obviously no on knows what they are talking about b/c this DOES NOT WORK.

doesn’t matter HOW or WHEN the keys are held … use a brick … press all the key combinations you want – it doesn’t do a thing.

‘F8′ = guaranteed to work on REAL COMPUTERS.

key combination this … CNN: iBook meets BRICK WALL @ 120kph … details at 10pm >>>> ALL FIXED <<<<

no wonder Jobs needs a new job … he must have used an iBook … I hear he uses Microsoft WinDOZE.

bloody good luck.

WinDOZE -

Before throwing around all that hate did you ever stop to think that your iBook is older than this hack? That perhaps your iBook is using an older version of the Mac OS than this hack will work on? Instead of hating why not just ask if anyone knows a hack that will work on the version of Mac OS on you iBook? A quick Google search gave me many links that claim to work on an iBook but without knowing what version of Mac OS you have on it I can’t be of further help.

- Dave

I tried one of the commands from another website it landed me on a stage as if i am just powering my macbook for the first time.
The KEYBOARD NO LONGER WORKS. Please help.

You can just boot with the mac cd, there is a command in the installer at the top menu to reset the password.

Hey Dave… Can I do this temporarily in order to download something and then delete the admin account i created so it goes back to the original??

debbie – This does not add an account. It changes the password of an existing account.

http://www.rit.edu/its/services/desktop_support/mac/xforcenewadminacccount.html

This article seems to imply that I will be able to go back to the original user/admin accounts. Is this correct? Thanks so much for your help!

You could have just popped in the instal dvd and restarted holding option. it would then show you your boot options wait till you see the disk and click it then when it boots select your language then go utilities in the menu bar and click reset password

Uh, I’m not getting any ‘Localhost%’ prompt. I get a ton of text after holding command-S, and it all stops on ‘:/ root’. What am I missing here? When I follow the rest of the instructions nothing else works.

And also, before I’m going to dare try what Donnie mac’s instructions above, does anyone know if
1. Does it wipe your info?
2. Does it wipe your accounts?
3. Does it wipe system stuff and applications?
4. Does it wipe browser bookmarks?
5. Does it wipe anything at all?

Sorry if I sound a bit noobish, because I am a bit noobish at this kind of stuff.

All of these questions are already answered in the comments.

Ok, just saw your newer post regarding Mac password hacking on Snow Leopard. That worked for me. Cheers Dave!

when i try /sbin/mount -uw / it does nothing and when i do /sbin/mount -uw/ it says illegal action. Can you help me?

Okay, I was wondering. You said Prompt type: /sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
/sbin/mount -uw / [Enter]
sh /etc/rc[Enter]. do we type that? and where do we type it?

Okay, so I got our family mac laptop in our divorce and my ex put a password on it before he handed it oer and refuses to tell me the password OR even the username. Is there a way to bypass the username as well? Please tell me that there is and that I am not stuck with a useless mac.
Thanks

if you use this method does it reset everything to factory and erase everything?

This question has already been answered. Please be sure to read the full post and comments before posting questions.

The original post does not work for me, I have a iBook with Mac OS X, however, when I used the instructions that reset everything back to the default settings like the Indian guy says to do…it worked!! :)

Thanks!

Dave, Do you think this would work on an older, or younger verson of mac, such as a G4 Mac

This is more OS version dependent than it is hardware dependent. I originally did this on a G4 running OS X 10.4 “Tiger”. As usual, YYMV.

MAN I LOVE U! U SAVED MY ASS!

i have a school laptop but i didnt realize it didnt come with a password so im now stuck with a usless machine. i tried the steps u explained except they dont work on tis computer.. any other idea i dont care about the memory or data factory reset would be better for me….

Try this: http://nothing.golddave.com/2010/12/27/more-mac-password-hacking-snow-leopard/

If that doesn’t help then I’m out of ideas.

YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN!!!

Doesn’t work, OS X Lion

FYI if CTRL+ S is not working and you are using a NON-APPLE mouse, unplug the mouse and try again. Daft as it sounds it works for me ( also for CTRL+C )

R U sure this works?

It’s an old post. Use at your own risk. Read the comments and companion post for more information.

GREAT advice dave!

MY modifications of your instructions:
- used “-uaw” instead of “-uw” for the “mount” command
- after typing “passwd [username]” i got the blue screen for a while and then only black screen with little block cursor in top left corner… i just typed the new password and was rewarded with a prompt to retype it. :D

“a god among men indeed!” :)

i tryed it alot of times and i wont work for me and i really need my laptop asap do you know if theres another way i could try

The comments here are littered with other variations. There’s also another post on this blog about Mac password hacking that may be helpful. It’s mentioned in these comments or search for it.

well, i have two accounts logged onto m account, and my family NEEDS to get onto my dads account, cause he passed away, and we do not know his password.. .can you help me figure out how to do that?

All I can offer is what’s I wrote in my posts and what’s been written in the comments. Sorry.

you guys complain a lot

Hi Dave,

Not sure if you are still replying to comments on this thread. I tried different variations of the commands and found one that worked where it prompted me to retype the password. After it rebooted, no login window appeared, but when I tried to install an update, it said my password was incorrect and it was the new password. I have a Powerbook G4 with Tiger. Any ideas? It would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you. :)

Wow, you saved me a lot of trouble. Thanks so much !!! <3 <3

Does this delete/replace the old username, or create a seperate user name that will show up on the login screen?

nvm, is there a way to just create another username though, without accessing the admin. i just want to temporarily use this mac but not on guest mode

what do the brackets mean?

What if your keyboard wont type on the single user mode? its brand new with new batteries and it will type just not on the single user mode. can somebody help me?

OMG Indian guy! You are my hero!

Marry me!

Hey so i have seen so many threads about people saying just press cmd + s and it will boot in single user mode
sure easy enough if the computer does not have a firmware protecting it… so i thought maybe i should take out some ram and try then it sure to bypass it right? well see as how we are dealing with mac not windows they obviously hired hackers to try and hack it derp… so i thought myself what if i took out a piece of ram and booted and then pressed Cmd + P + R which programs the ram… still so i thought what if theres a bios trick since theres a password on the mac so i restarted my mac with 2 out 4gb of ram in it held down CMD + p + R let the mac reboot rapidly 3 times to bypass bio key and then ran it in single mode ( Cmd + s) and what do you know a 21 year old average kid just bypassed a corporations security key hope this helps!

Hello and thanks to:
Comment by Akash Gupta(indian guy) on May 29, 2007 @ 10:21 am

This worked perfectly;

/sbin/fsck -y [Enter]
/sbin/mount -uaw [Enter]
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone [Enter]
reboot [Enter]

This reset the computer to like the first time turned on!!

Thanks again….nik

So what do u put for the passwdusername thing I am confused can u give an example

the command s thing worked but it lets me type for like 5 seconds and then restarts again any advice?

Just tried Akash Gupta(indian guy)’s sequence on an iMac G3 and it worked like a charm. THANK YOU!!

=[ ]

thanks bro. its make a lot!

I did this but somehow it didn’t work when I typed in “sh /etc/rc”. It said command not found. does this work anymore? can someone help if they know what I am talking about? thx

does the [enter] mean press enter or type enter?

I have one question. If I change the password, my brother (who has the admin) will notice and realize that I haxed it. What to do?

my ibook doesn’t have an option to reboot…

Wow, you have a lot of comments, it took me awhile to read ‘em all. Now to my question, do you know of a way to simply find out the user’s password so that I may get through or maybe just skip the login screen? I know you have gotten quite the bit of comments sir and this may not exactly pertain to your post, however at the moment I don’t know who else to ask.
Thank you kindly sir,
Don James

Just comes up name and password again

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