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I operate a PowerBook G4. It was purchased used and came

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MAC TECHS ONLY:   I have a PowerBook G4. It was used and came with two Apple disks marked OS9 install   & OSX install. There is a copied MAC 10.4 tiger. I have no idea what the official status of all the software is. Hopefully some of the things I use are legal.
The password XXXXX "x", but I foolishly changed it to x1. It's not required to operate the computer. Now the computer does not recognize this password. Nor does it recognize the old one.
I can't update anything.
Online support states I can change the password XXXXX reinstalling the disk, but my computer savvy son tells me this will wipe out most of the stuff I use that came with the computer (Photoshop, iPhoto, Word, Sherlock, Excel, PowerPoint, umm, that's about it.)
Do I need access to whatever is behind the password?
Can it be found some other way?
Do I need to buy new software?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  dawber39 replied 9 years ago.
Hi and thank you for choosing Just Answer

You can reset the password XXXXX the disk -

  1. Start up from a Mac Install CD Hold the C key as the computer starts.
  2. Choose Reset Password from the Installer menu
  3. Select your Mac O Shard disk volume.
  4. Set the user name of your original administrator account. (not the "System Administrator (root)" user)
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to dawber39's Post: I found this answer when I went onto Mac online help.
So no, this is of no use to me whatsoever. It doesn't answer my question at all.
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.

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