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1. Macintosh Troubleshooting Pocket Guide > 1.8. Mac OS X Passwords

Mac OS X Passwords

How can I change my password? [X]

Use the System Preferences My Account (in OS X 10.2 and later) or Users (in 10.0 and 10.1).

How can I change someone else’s password? [X]

Log on as a user with administrative privileges, and use the Accounts (10.2) or Users (10.1) pane of System Preferences. If you are not an administrative user, then you shouldn’t (and can’t) change someone else’s password.

What if I forgot my password? [X]

You can ask your computer’s administrator to change it for you.

If you are the administrator, it’s a bit more difficult. Insert the Mac OS X installer CD. Reboot your Mac, while holding down the “C” key. This starts from the CD. At the installer screen, look in the Installer menu, and choose Reset Password. Choose your hard disk, and create a new password for yourself. Then click Save, close the window, and restart (don’t reinstall Mac OS X).


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