Require a password, and i do not know it

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May 17, 2010 at 21:11:52
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May 18, 2010 at 01:07:40
password for what?

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May 19, 2010 at 09:58:02
If you are the administrator of your Mac and you forgot the password you may need to become a SUDO user or completely erase the account and files and create a new one. If this is what you are asking I have a way to solve this. Anyway I answered this to another reader with OSX Snow Leopard.
You need to become a super user SUDO (SUperuser DO) on a Mac to have access to the "root", this is UNIX system related. Kind of the principles for "Neo" to become so powerful in the Matrix.

You can do this from the "Guess" account.

This is for OSX.6

Go to:
System Preferences / View / Accounts
Click on the lock and use your Admin password
Click Login Options
Click the "Edit..." or "Join..." button
Click on "Open Directory Utility..."
Click the lock in the Directory Utility window
Enter an administrator account name and password, click OK
Choose Enable Root User from the Edit menu
Enter the root password you want in both the Password and Verify fields, click
Now you need to log in as:
User: root
PW: root PW you created.

For OSX.5 and 4

Go to:
Utilities / Directory Utility / Open
Open menu "Edit" / Enable Root User
Create a password / close
Log out
Use the "guess" user
Log in with:
User: root
PW: the PW you created for the root

Once logged in you will have access to all your files. But you may need to create a new user for yourself and delete the problematic one.

One final advise, don't use to much the SUDO user as you have to much power you don't know you have on your Mac and you may end up having a bigger problem.

Happy matrix tripping!

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