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macOS: Setting up an administrative account from a user account without admin password

I need to get administrative privileges from a standard user account. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.6. I have six accounts on my MacBook for me and my family. One of them is administrative and the ...
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Renamed /etc folder. I can't login anymore

I did a silly thing by renaming the /etc folder. I was asked for the admin password to change the folder's name. But it's not possible to rename it back to /etc. As if my password was wrong. I assume ...
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How can you clear a Mac without access to the admin account (firmware password enabled, unknown)

I have a late 2009 Mac running High Sierra and I recently acquired it from my girlfriend who said it belonged to her father. Her father has since passed, taking the passwords with him, so I'm not sure ...
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Apple Developer Enterprise Program - Change Account Holder

I have access to our company Apple Developer Enterprise Program account as Admin. The guy with the Account Holder role left the company a few weeks ago, but his Apple is still linked to the account as ...
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Unknown Admin Password on New/Used IMac 2011

How do you Change the Administrator User Name and Password if you can not see it on the users list and do not know the previous one?
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After creating folder on desktop - renaming or removing needs admin privileges?

Just now I created a folder on my desktop. It had the name "untitled folder". I wanted to change the name to something else, but got an alert that I needed admin rights. Removing the folder has the ...
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Combine Time Machine backups in Mojave

My Time Machine backup drive became corrupt. It would take several minutes to mount, and then MacOS would warn me to back up the data. When I tried copying Backups.backupdb out I got "Error Code -36"...
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Root User Can't run Files Off Desktop or Documents? Mojave 10.14.3

Anybody else have this issue with root in Mojave (10.14.3)? I have root enabled and I try to run a simple .txt/.png/.pkg off the root desktop. It doesn’t run, I get an error in Console “Unable to load ...
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Hidden Mac administrator

The admin name on my home Mac is hidden, I need to see the admin name so later I can change the password. I'm a regular user.
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Can I restart my Mac without an admin account?

I don't have an admin account on my Mac. I don't know how it happened and now I want to add one because I cant do anything thing without it and I can't add a new user without an admin account.
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Forgot administrator username and password MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I got a MacBook Pro and I forgot my administrator username and password and I can't log in into my account. If I use my guest account I can't log in into my iCloud because it is asking me for my ...
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MacBook Pro admin access

How do I get access to admin on a Mac... need to set up a seperate user profile for my 2nd child. The administrator profile has disappeared
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Reset admin password without the old password

I am trying to reset the admin password through command line. Below command used to work till High Sierra: sudo dscl . -passwd /Users/admin new_password But on Mojave it throws an error saying: ...
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Can a standard user upgrade OSX versions or does it have to be an admin user?

I administer several macOS computers, which are a mixture of macOS 10.11.6 and macOS 10.13.6. 10.13.6 is the current maximum version of macOS we can go to without getting software compatibility ...
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Can a “normal” user see all processes with htop?

Can I see all processes with "htop" or does it make sense to use "sudo htop" ? I use htop in the terminal (installed via brew / homebrew). My useraccount on the macbook is a default user no special ...
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'No such file' when running rm AppleSetupDone from single-user mode

I'm in High Sierra (10.13.6) and recently I renamed my account in Users & Group. Now I lost access to my administrator (so I can't install apps or change settings in System Preferences). I ...
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Running a script with administrator privileges from a standard client terminal

I have the strong feeling I'm trying to reinvent the wheel, but I did spend some time without finding an existing solution. I have an already working shell script with several sudos. Its first target ...
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Prevent admin/Jamf Pro from accessing/deleting 2nd partition

The company I work for wants to install Jamf Pro on my "work" Macbook. I want to create a 2nd partition on my Macintosh HD (with its own Mac OS version) for personal use. If Jamf Pro is installed on ...
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Exclude admin user from global password policy

I have added a global password policy which enforces password rotation for every 90 days. But there are two types of accounts: User Accounts - Enable Password rotation for 90 days Admin Accounts - No ...
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Return User To Admin Users and Undo Parental Controls

For a while, I had only one user, say, User1, on my Mac's High Sierra. Then there arose a need to have some parental controls. To do that I created a new user, say, User2 and made it an admin while ...
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How can I regain an admin account on my iMac?

I have seen this question several times but no clear answer. I changed the password on the admin user account and It saved it as a standard user. I just bought the Mac so I’m a newbie. I have tried ...
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Admin login error

I decided to change my admin name. I went to "System Preferences"-> "Users & Groups" -> unlocked -> changed admin name. After I rebooted my Mac, it seemed that Admin name hasn't changed. In ...
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How can I make application update sleamless by avoiding the administrator password prompts?

I like to keep my applications updated but I find the update prompts intrusive and really annoying as they fail to happen during the night time due to priviledge escalation prompts which are blocking. ...
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Is it possible to use Intel AMT to manage MacBooks?

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-active-management-technology.html I've heard MacBook intel chips are AMT-capable, but AMT isn't ever enabled so you can't ...
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annoyance: latest version of Skype under Standard (non-admin) user on macOS 10.13

I always run my systems under an Admin \ Standard user dichotomy. In other words, I always use my system as a Standard user and never login to the Admin user (except when doing the initial clean ...
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Turn on Proxy Without Password Prompt

I am looking for a way to do the equivalent without prompting for password. I need it to be a native way that does not require the user to change any configuration files (including sudoers). And GUI ...
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How to disable Password Prompt for select apps

How can I disable administrator password requirement for select apps, for example the app "Mac DaddyX" will not require a password to be entered to operate the desired function (in my case... changing ...
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Removed admin privileges from my only user [duplicate]

My machine has only one user. My goal was to change the login name, I've gone to system preferences / Users, opened my user and edited my login name to the new one and rebooted. Now I can login, but I ...
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no admin account OSX 10.13.5 [duplicate]

I have a macbook pro 2011 with high sierra 10.13.5 Today i tried renaming my admin account in the system preference / users. I couldn't rename the account, and i have lost the admin rights. Now i ...
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log: Could not open local log store: The log archive format is corrupt and cannot be read

I'm having some problems with my Macbook. The primary problem is that I'm unable to log into my admin account since a recent system update. I tried searching for solutions online, but haven't found ...
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Lost access to admin user account in my mac book pro

I changed Account name property on my mac book pro in System Preferences-> User & Groups-> Advanced Options. I attached a picture of then the window (Not my account window, now i cannot access ...
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I have no administrative account after updating to High Sierra 10.13.5

I have just updated my Mac to High Sierra 10.13.5 and my account which used to be admin has now became standard. It seems I no longer have an administrative account and no solutions worked so far. I ...
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Adding binary to ~/.local/bin

In short, I have a working executable in my home directory. I want to make the executable available in the Terminal for the current user in any directory. More context: The executable is geckodriver. ...
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Switching from a non-admin user to an admin user to run an app

I've recently been faced with a challenge at the library I work at that I need to make a small bit of code in MacOS High Sierra that I can't figure out for the life of me! I have some experience ...
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I don't have administrator account anymore - macOS 10.13.4 [duplicate]

I tried the answers on the similar previous question but nothing worked. Obviously Apple removed the critical file .AppleSetupDone in the last Security Update. Is there anybody who could help getting ...
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How do you disable Siri permanently on macOS Sierra (10.12.6)?

I work in security as an intern, and I've been asked by my boss to look into disabling Siri on macOS Sierra. I noticed that there's no way to prevent users from re-enabling Siri even if it's disabled ...
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Is There A Way To Use Mac OS X To Install Grub On A Linux USB Stick?

Hiren's Boot CD comes with an ISO that I could write to a stick with dd: $ sudo dd if=Hiren\'s.BootCD.15.2.iso of=/dev/disk1 bs=4096 But that ISO doesn't include a boot loader. Hiren's instructions ...
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What is the username of the macOS recovery?

so I am trying to add a user to the admin group on my computer, but I don't have any admin powers. I do however, know the password that allows me to enter the macOS recovery mode, which I think must ...
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I've lost administrator access and /var/db/.AppleSetupDone is read only

I have lost administrator access after trying to change my username in system preferences and restarting. I have followed the directions by rebooting in Single user mode, ⌘S and typing the following ...
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How to run a root/admin shell in Terminal? [duplicate]

How can I run a shell as Admin in Terminal if Im logged in as User with standard privileges? I know the passwords for user and admin account
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Change the name of an internal HDD

I have a 2011 iMac running High Seirra. I have an SSD with the OS installed and a separate HDD where I've put my Home Folder. Imaginatively named High Sierra HDD and High Sierra SSD. I'm trying to ...
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Change Local Admin passwords across the network

Is there a way to change admin passwords for all my Macs connected to my network. I know the local admin password for all PC's in my network and I need to just to change password for Username: admin ...
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delete admin partition [duplicate]

I’m new to MacOS world. By accident I deleted the admin partition (Directory). Every time when I want to install a programme, the system ask me for the admin login. I enter the login but it is not ...
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Why Do I Need An Admin Password To Delete Apps But Not One to Install?

The title says it all. It's weird. You can install apps from the Mac App Store without an admin password. But you do need one to uninstall them. Why? I know macOS is UNIX /Applications is a system ...
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Apple Mac Pro - reload OS for a beginner's new start?

I'm a recent refugee from Windows and new to all Apple basics. I've bought a secondhand post-2013 Mac Pro and I've discovered (unsurprisingly) that I don't have Administrator's rights to load software....
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Identifying where a package came from

I just tried to upgrade nmap with my package manager but got knocked back because it's supposedly not installed. Even though it is: brew upgrade nmap Updating Homebrew... ==> Auto-updated ...
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How to make my `/usr` folder secure?

I'm trying to install the Tunnelblick open source VPN client on my Mac running OS X 10.10.5. When I try to install the dmg I get the following error (see attached screenshot). How would I make my /...
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No admin account in macOS

I know this has been answered before with the whole "rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone" thing in High Sierra but when I try to do this, I'm told that it's a "read only file system". Is this because I have my ...
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Can't authorise settings change or install new apps

1 Hello, I have a problem authorising any admin tasks on Yosemite 10.10.5 (like installing new apps, unlocking system settings etc.). I have an admin account with a password, yet the system won't ...
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System Administrator Profile shows up after auto-lock High Sierra

I have a MacBook Pro running High Sierra. Sometimes when I let my computer auto-lock itself, (like closing the lid for a while) when I come back the user is not the profile I was using, but says ...