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So I recently wiped my computer clean because it had some problems, and did a clean install of Lion from a flash drive. I then restored my user from a time machine back up originally made from my laptop. When I transferred the account over, my password didn't work. The same password I used to log onto this account on this computer I'm using (my laptop) did not work on the account on the desktop I restored this laptop to.

This is the second time I have gone through this process and I am thoroughly frustrated. There is a single account on my computer that I cannot log into. I don't know what to do, any and all help is appreciated.

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I've been through the same pain. Firstly time machine wont restore. Then transfer files and settings doesn't leave a working account. Do apple test their software? Thoroughly unimpressed –  Clint Good Feb 22 at 13:30
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Boot from the recovery partition (hold cmd+r while the system starts up). Once you get to the options, there should be a utilities menu. Open terminal, and you'll be given a command prompt. Type "resetpassword". You should be able to figure it out from there!

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