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how to bypass password XXXXX eject disc

Customer Question

we got a apple imac from yard sale and it is password XXXXX user protected.The people we moving and we did not get this info before they moved can you help me get this reset so we can use it
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Michael L............JA MAC Tonight replied 9 years ago.

Hi and Welcome to Just Answer,


Ok, let's take a look at this;


In order to fix this you will need to use your disk or get a disk, and then follow the instructions


Insert the install CD and reboot your computer.


Press the C key while the computer is booting hold it down until the Apple logo appears.
Select Reset Password XXXXX the Utilities menu then choose your username. Then follow the rest of the prompts



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Expert:  Aggie Mac Master replied 9 years ago.
Ok try this,

- Reboot

- Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.

-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

After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one.

Let me know if this method works for you. Thanks for giving us a try to help.