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Jaypeanut: you don't, unless you have the original OS X DVD that came with the machine (or a retail copy of OS X). Then you can boot from the disc and reset the password.

Aussieguy: get a retail copy of Snow Leopard for $30, you can reset the admin password from that DVD. I would suggest that once you recover whatever files you need, you should NUKE AND PAVE the hard drive and install a complete new system on it, then restore your apps and stuff from your backups.
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