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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account

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    Question HELP! Lost Admin Account
    In an attempt to change the "short name" in my new Macbook Pro's admin account, I attempted to create a new admin account in System Preferences > Accounts & delete the old admin account. However....somehow (my fault, no doubt) the newly created account was labeled as "standard"; not "admin".

    Now I am unable to unlock the account preferences to make any changes. In other words, I think that since the newly created account is labeled "standard", my computer cannot find an existing admin account whose administrator name & password are valid. Therefore, I somehow have to create a new admin account. Can someone bail me out please? I am using OS 10.4.10. THANK YOU!

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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account
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    Can you log back into the original admin account?

    Oh I see you deleted the old admin account....I'll look into this...
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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account
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    Try this thread:http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sho...+admin+account

    Searches on here work well...or google and yahoo...good luck to you
    .Leo my mac kitty... 24" iMac 2.8GHz, Macbook Air 1.8GHZ/2GB/80GB, iPhone 3G 16GB White , iPod Classic 80GB, iPod Nano...
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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACGIRL34 View Post
    Can you log back into the original admin account?

    Oh I see you deleted the old admin account....I'll look into this...
    Macgirl34: Thank you for anything you can suggest!!!

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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account
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    Macheadcase Rocks so I would follow that thread...
    .Leo my mac kitty... 24" iMac 2.8GHz, Macbook Air 1.8GHZ/2GB/80GB, iPhone 3G 16GB White , iPod Classic 80GB, iPod Nano...
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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account

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    EXACTLY my problem. Can I infer from this that I need to re-intall OS 10.4 for the CD startup disks? Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by MACGIRL34 View Post
    Try this link:http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sho...+admin+account

    Searches on here work well...or google and yahoo...good luck to you

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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account
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    I would if it were me...I trust Macheadcase on Mac stuff...
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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACGIRL34 View Post
    I would if it were me...I trust Macheadcase on Mac stuff...
    Considering my options...I'm getting right on it. Thank you so much for the help!

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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account

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    Oh..Oh.....when I boot the OS X 10.4 install disc, I'm prompted for my admin name & password. I'm trapped!!! HELP??

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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account
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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account

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    Problem solved: Someone suggested that I reboot in single user mode. The screen launched some root-level, cryptic geek-speak. I then dutifully typed in what I assumed was a message for a fsck check, a command to NetInfo Manager & then rebooted. Miraculously, my account was changed for "standard" to "admin". It's beyond me, but effective. Nevertheless, thank you for your time.

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    HELP!  Lost Admin Account
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    No problem...glad you fixed it...
    .Leo my mac kitty... 24" iMac 2.8GHz, Macbook Air 1.8GHZ/2GB/80GB, iPhone 3G 16GB White , iPod Classic 80GB, iPod Nano...
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