To do this, open Disk Utility where you will see your drive grayed out in the list of devices. As well, when you logged in the the new password you could convert the old keychain if you remembered the old password. This is a really bad sign. Then just simply restart the computer from the Apple menu and login with your new password. Even now, command-line password reset remains available, making it the most universal approach that will work in any situation. Is there a way to reset the keychain password without losing all the stored info? And that may be a problem for parents who want to keep kids out of their stuff and vice versa.
I can no longer install or uninstall programs, etc. You can reset it by entering the new Mac user account password you just changed it to. You can and start from scratch—losing access to the files currently on your Mac, but regaining the ability to actually sign in and use it. Anybody got through this one successfully? This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Many times they include demos that aren't available from inside the Mac App Store. What If You Use FileVault? It was a Tiger to begin with and I updated it to a Leopard.
Remember, you must have FileVault turned on to use this option. In this case your best bet is to retrieve your data from a backup. Contact your admin if you don't have permission to change your password. Remember the good old days? I've never used the Directory Service command line utility because it's fairly more complicated. Boot your Mac from that installer disc again, find your way to the Welcome screen, and from the Utilities menu choose Firmware Password Utility. As before, you can accomplish this task in a , depending on how the Mac in question was set up and what information you know. I can't believe I'm about to tell you this, but at this point, I guess you deserve to know.
Having the login keychain locked from access is a good security measure. If you happen to remember the old login password, you can click the Update Keychain Password button. Note that of the options I present here, this one should preserve the link to your keychain, allowing you to continue working seamlessly with your new password, without having to store other passwords in your keychain again. It looks like you only have one account with administrative privileges. It's unlikely that you'll suddenly remember the password, so you probably need to use one of the other two options.
However there could be more than one account showing there that may have administrative privileges that you can log on to. I came across this blog, and I thought it says it is only for Snow Leopard… but what do I have to loose. If you keep getting messages asking for your old account password, you can manually reset your keychain. Go to and sign in with your work or school account username and existing password. Try entering a wrong password three times.
If you've reset your account password, it's highly likely that you'll have to since it requires your old password to access. This was a very easy to follow guide and worked like a charm. Am I supposed to have 3 fields like the confusing help diagram in the terminal suggests? Press the Command and R keys at the same time when the grey screen appears and hold them until you see the Apple logo. How can I gain access to this Mac? Recovery Key If you have a , you can use this instead of your user account password to log in. But everyone keeps telling me it's necessary for Apple to survive. This owes to osx's bsd roots.
You'll get a white lettering on black, dos-looking screen with several boot options. All Macs include a built-in password reset tool that is incredibly easy to use. You know,… the old multi colored tv looking apples. A friend of mine used my computer and changed my administrator username and password. Anyway,… I thought that I would try your solve,… and it worked great! At the bottom of that window it says: Password hint.
Enter and confirm a password in the appropriate fields and, if you like, enter a hint for the password. After visiting other blogs, trying their methods, I was feeling like I was going to have to give up. In the resulting window choose the user whose password you want to change from the Select a User pop-up menu. Contact your admin if you don't have permission to change your password. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one. In fact, it's not really a good idea.
The Log Out After X Minutes of Inactivity option in the General tab of the Security system preference can help with this. It was quite a while ago that I helped someone else do this they forgot their password too and I seem to remember that there was a message or two as you boot into single user mode. You know your username, but forgot the password and need to reset it If your admin has given you permission to reset your password go to,. When you log in after using your new password, you'll likely be prompted that your Keychain cannot be accessed. A lot of arcane status messages scroll by, and leave you with a command-line prompt. If you're logged in as the administrator, open Account preferences and click the Change Password button. Heretofore the password assistant merely required you to select an account and you could create a new password.
It keeps going to the login screen. Tip: With these Office 365 subscriptions, there are no desktop applications to download and install, but in most cases you can still access and use online versions of Office apps in your web browser. I am hesitant to try this unless it will get me where I need to go. Originally posted by kray Not at all sneaky. Put them in the comments and we'll help you out remember: we can't help you get your password back.