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Old 12-25-2008, 05:56 AM
 
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Default Forgot Macbook username and password...how to retrieve?

I forgot my Macbook username and password. I know, I should have written it down. I think I did but we moved very shortly after I purchased my macbook and I misplaced the paper on which I wrote it down.
Is there a way to retrieve this information? Or do I have to go to an Apple store and have them reconfigure it for me? I can't run the programs I want to (just received an Ipod Touch for xmas) and it's frustrating.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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You need to use the system disk (OSX install disk) that came with your MacBook. If for some reason you lost that as well, then you would have to take it to an Apple Store, but of course they are going to need to know certain information regarding the purchase and your account.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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you can use the OS X install CD, there's a utility to change your password. Another option is to just boot into single user mode:

reboot the machine and hold Apple+S enter single user mode.
When you get the # prompt, type in:

#sh /etc/rc
#passwd <username>

#reboot

Keep in mind the 2nd option will not change your keychain password... this means you'll lose all your keychain passwords if you can't remember the original.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Eh, I guess that I am assuming that it is stolen. Of course there are ways around this 'problem'.

Merry Christmas.
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Old 12-25-2008, 09:11 AM
 
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It's not stolen. I bought it at the Apple store in November 2007. We moved in December 2007 across country and I misplaced where I put the slip of paper where I wrote down my information. Since my husband and I have always shared a PC for over 10 years, I really wanted this macbook for myself, and therefore put in a password only 'I' would know. Of course this backfired on me b/c I put in a password that was a little too unique and something I easily forgot. All in the name of independence!
I will try what everyone has suggested. Thanks!
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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I tried what posters suggested, and even installed my Mac OS X install Disc 1 and I still can't understand how to change my password. Guess I'll have to take it back to the store and have an employee help me figure it out.
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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It's not stolen. I bought it at the Apple store in November 2007. We moved in December 2007 across country and I misplaced where I put the slip of paper where I wrote down my information. Since my husband and I have always shared a PC for over 10 years, I really wanted this macbook for myself, and therefore put in a password only 'I' would know. Of course this backfired on me b/c I put in a password that was a little too unique and something I easily forgot. All in the name of independence!
I will try what everyone has suggested. Thanks!
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I tried what posters suggested, and even installed my Mac OS X install Disc 1 and I still can't understand how to change my password. Guess I'll have to take it back to the store and have an employee help me figure it out.
Ok. But you wouldn't believe how many times "I forgot my MacBook (or other brand) password" appears on various forums around this time of the year. Then again, if this MacBook is stolen the only way that it can be tracked down is if you use it. So....

Here is what you do.

1) Insert the OSX install disc that came with the MacBook.

2) Re-start the MacBook and when you hear the chime sound hold down the 'C' key.

3) Choose the proper language and hit continue.

4) Now you will be at the installer. Choose Utilities and then Reset Password.


However, if your password was saved to the firmware than there is nothing that you can do.
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Old 12-25-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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Ok. But you wouldn't believe how many times "I forgot my MacBook (or other brand) password" appears on various forums around this time of the year. Then again, if this MacBook is stolen the only way that it can be tracked down is if you use it. So....

Here is what you do.

1) Insert the OSX install disc that came with the MacBook.

2) Re-start the MacBook and when you hear the chime sound hold down the 'C' key.

3) Choose the proper language and hit continue.

4) Now you will be at the installer. Choose Utilities and then Reset Password.


However, if your password was saved to the firmware than there is nothing that you can do.
YOU ARE A GENIUS and such a HUGE help!!!! Your directions worked!!!!
I just installed "Office:mac 2008", a program my husband bought for me back in April. I couldn't install it back then because I forgot my password and didn't know how to retrieve it. Later today I'm going to play with my iPodtouch and download music. He's been getting after me for the last half year b/c I've been too lazy to go into the Apple Store to ask for assistance. I think he bought me the iPod touch to light a fire under me! And it worked, thanks to YOU!
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!!
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:09 PM
 
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im trying to do it also
but it asks me to put a password
and how am i supposed to do that if i forgot it?
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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you can search Password Genius from Google
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