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How Do I Get a New Master Password?


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My mom has lost her master password on her mac including the mac software to install the OS. What are my options here for getting a new master password to be able to install software as an admin?
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Tell us which version of OS X your Mom is using on her Mac. The procedure for assigning a new password varies. Up to OS X 10.6 the password is changed with the install disk, from OS X 10.7 to the present, it's done from the recovery partition using Terminal.
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Tell us which version of OS X your Mom is using on her Mac. The procedure for assigning a new password varies. Up to OS X 10.6 the password is changed with the install disk, from OS X 10.7 to the present, it's done from the recovery partition using Terminal.
It's OS X 10.9.3.
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If you mean the login password this will help. if you mean FileVault bad, bad news. There is no Mavericks disc. The option was to burn to a USB thumb drive prior to rinning the bInstaller. After Installl the Instaler deletes from the Applications Folder.


OS X Mavericks: Reset a login password

FileVault is much more of a challenge:-


http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4790

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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If you mean the login password this will help. if you mean FileVault bad, bad news. There is no Mavericks disc. The option was to burn to a USB thumb drive prior to rinning the bInstaller. After Installl the Instaler deletes from the Applications Folder.


OS X Mavericks: Reset a login password

FileVault is much more of a challenge:-


OS X: About FileVault 2

"Reset your login password when FileVault is turned on

If FileVault is turned on, use the FileVault recovery key to reset your login password."


What is FileVault and how do I know whether it's on or not?
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What is FileVault and how do I know if it's turned on?
- Apple Menu
- System Preferences
- Security & Privacy
- File Vault tab

Don't forget to try Google (5 second search)…rather than waiting 6+ hours.

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