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    Renewing admin password
    Hi all,

    I have a 21.5" iMac; purchased last fall. I'm not sure if I have admin privileges, though. So I have two questions:
    1) How can I check to make sure I have full admin privileges?
    2) If I do not, can I reset a password somewhere (don't remember the old one) to obtain full privileges? I still have the startup disk that came with the computer. I read somewhere that I can boot the computer with the startup disk to reset the admin password. But if I do this, do I lose any software/data that I already have on the iMac?


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    Renewing admin password
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    The easiest way to find out if you have admin privileges is to go to, System Settings>Accounts, click on your account name and see if the check box labeled "Allow this user to adminster this computer" has a tick in it or not.

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