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So I have a 2011 MacBook Pro that I received from a friend of mine. It had Sierra on the Mac and I was able to upgrade it to High Sierra. The account that I used to do all this was an admin account that I was able create when my friend gave it to me. I am planning on going to school for Software Development so I started setting up my Windows and Mac to do this on either or.

I googled how to set up your Mac for software development and found this website: https://www.stuartellis.name/articles/mac-setup/

I’ve got about half way through this process when my life took somewhat of a turn and had to focus on other things. Fast forward a few months of not using my Mac I go on it to continue the process and I notice I don’t have admin rights anymore. There’s another account that has admin rights and now my account is a managed account. Both Firmware and FileVault are on and I can’t turn them off without an admin password, which I don’t have to this account. I’m stuck and unsure how to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance!

  • I've linked to some similar questions with answers on the top of your post. If you forgot the firmware password you set months ago apple.stackexchange.com/questions/364471/… seems to be the way to proceed. – nohillside Oct 18 '19 at 5:24
  • Thanks! I remember the firmware password but it’s that new account that’s throwing me off. I’ll look into answers you sent me! – Isaiah Gooden Oct 18 '19 at 6:57
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    If you are still stuck afterwards, please edit your question to focus on the place/step you are stuck with, and describe what you (unsuccessfully) did to solve it. – nohillside Oct 18 '19 at 7:39
  • Okay so I can’t seem to do the answers/fixes to this issue mainly because firmware is active and I can’t disable it. Can’t boot into single user mode and using terminal in recovery mode doesn’t seem to do the trick either. I also know the firmware password – Isaiah Gooden Oct 18 '19 at 21:33
  • Please edit the question to reflect that, it will then be automatically placed in the review queue to have the hold removed. – nohillside Oct 19 '19 at 6:17

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