How to Reset a Mac OS's Password Without a Mac CD

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Mac OS X, created by Apple Computer, is the default operating system on all Apple Macintosh computers. Mac OS X is based on the UNIX operating system and uses the concept of user accounts. Each user account on the system is capable of maintaining separate sets of files and settings. The user accounts are protectable with a password. You can reset the password for a given account without using the Mac OS X install CD by booting into single-user mode.

  • Restart or power on the Macintosh computer.

  • Hold the "Command" and "S" keys immediately after the Mac startup chime.

  • Release the keys after the screen turns black.

  • Type "mount -uw /" without quotes and press the "Return" key.

  • Type "launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist" without quotes and press "Return."

  • Type "dscl . -passwd /Users/username password" without quotes and replacing "username" with the actual user name and "password" with the new desired password. Press "Return."

  • Exit "exit" and press "Return" to restart the computer. The user account is now accessible with the new password entered previously.

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