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Restoring a Lost Administrator Password

If the Mac OS X administrator password is forgotten or misplaced, Apple provides a function for restoring a password. Boot your computer from the Mac OS X install DVD (hold down the C key while turning on your computer with the DVD in the optical drive). After the Installer application starts, choose Reset Password from the Installer application menu. A list of detected Mac OS X volumes appears along the top of the window. To reset a password, follow these steps:

  1. Click the main boot drive to load the password database for that volume.
  2. Next, use the pop-up menu to choose the user account that you want to reset.
  3. Fill in the new password in both of the password fields.
  4. Finally, click Save to store the new password.

After rebooting your system, you can immediately log in with the new password.

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