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I have an old Mac with one (admin) account. The mac can boot without any problem, but I don't remember the admin password. A friend of mine had the 'brilliant' idea to create a new (non-admin) user and set it to load by default.

Can I access the admin's documents with this new account and afterwards just delete the freshly created account?
Or is there a way to changer/recover the admin password?

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Please see the following Apple KB on resetting the Administrator password: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274

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