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How To Reset Forgotten Admin Password OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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How To Reset Forgotten Admin Password OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Passwords for all user accounts can be reset and changed when booted from the Recovery Partition on OS X.

This tutorial can be used for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Step 1.  Boot into Recovery Partition

When booting starts press command + R and hold until you see startup screen

Step 2. Go to Utilies>Terminal

Recovery boot

Step 3. Insert command “resetpassword” and hit enter (For those that cannot see hard drive insert command “mount –uw /” first)

recovery boot terminal

Step 4. On Reset password screen, select the volume hard drive and user account that you need to reset password. Type 2 times new password and hint and press Save.

Reset Forgotten Admin Password

You will get confirmation screen and details about  the keychain account. 

Reset Forgotten Admin Password 2

This procedure don’t reset Keychain password, you will need old password to open it or to create new one.

5 COMMENTS

  1. What if after you type in resetpassword it brings up the box that you reset your password in but there is not a hard drive in the top box area and there are no users listed?

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