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what is the logic behind not requiring admin password for adding login items on macOS?

I've recently installed steam by just copying app folder to applications and was surprised to discover that app automatically added to login items after first run. I didn't expect that to happen. It ...
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How to lock/block Safe Mode from standard user account?

Is there a way to prevent a standard user from signing into safe mode and only allow the admin of my mac to boot/sign into safe mode?
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Repair user after upgrade to Monterey

I've tried to update to Monterey, from Mojave. The first part of the upgrade went well and it restarted. After reboot, I notice the background is still the desert, so I suppose upgrade is not finished....
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How to add an admin user to sudoers on Big Sur [duplicate]

I am running Big Sur on a MacBook Pro and am unable to run su or sudo in a terminal window despite being logged into an Admin (and Mobile) account. I always get the error: <username> is not in ...
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I need to retrieve my password to get administrator access back in macOS High Sierra [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro that I have forgotten my administrator password to. I believe I last logged into it in 2018, so I am still using macOS High Sierra because I can't upgrade without being in the ...
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How do I investigate "macOS wants to make changes"

Every now and then a window pops up: I hit deny, it reappears, I hit deny again, and, after 2-4 repetitions, I am left alone. I wonder if there is a way to figure out what is going on - is there ...
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How good is the user isolation in macOS?

Recently I bought the MacBook Air M1. I have created two accounts. Laptop will be used by two different persons. Both users have administrative permissions. I have been wondering if that setup will ...
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Setting a default username in Admin authentication dialogs?

For years, whenever I was presented with a dialog asking for Administrator authentication, the Username field was already filled in. I only needed to fill in the password. This changed (I think) ...
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Making terminal administrator permanently in macOS Big Sur. Every command gives error "“Terminal.app” would like to administer your computer." [duplicate]

I have looked around on the internet and this question here, doesn't actually answer this question. How can give administer permission permanently?
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New MacBook Pro M1 keep asking for admin password

Keep asking, and does not accept password, though it is the right password
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How to remove unremovable network drive login item?

When I reboot my MacBook Pro (11.3 now, but it's been happening for years) the reboot pauses for about a minute, after which it tells me there was a problem connecting to a certain defunct network ...
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Is there an equivalent to Microsoft LAPS for MacOS?

I am looking for a way to randomize local administrator accounts on MacOS. For Windows, there is a solution called LAPS, which randomizes the local admin passwords (so that every system cant get ...
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Lost admin privileges on iMac

It happened after changing admin name following migration to new Mac Air. I've tried various suggested fixes calling for Single User Mode, then mount-uw/ and rm /var/db/. AppleSetUp, also going to ...
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Add group from directory service to Mac’s admin group

I have been searching the entire web for a couple of days now, but could not find a solution to the following problem: We would like to add a group from a directory service (LDAP) to the Mac’s admin ...
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Impossible to downgrade admin user -- "Allow user to administer this computer" box greyed out

I am trying to remove the admin right from my personal user account. To do so I created another admin account, but the checkbox in System Preferences > Users & Groups remained greyed out. Then ...
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Unlocking iPad Purchased from Government

I have an iPad that was purchased from a previous employer (government local council). I have tried to factory reset it, but when setting up, I am told that this needs to be completed by the ...
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How do I log user out on macos 10.15

Per this: https://osxdaily.com/2015/08/17/log-out-other-user-without-logging-in-mac-os-x/ all users should be listed in activity monitor but I only see the process for my user. So how do I boot other ...
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How can I know my current administrator password without resetting or changing it [duplicate]

I really need to access the administrator password but I forgot it. BUT I really don't want to reset or change it. I just need to know the current password.
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Under a standard user account, after Big Sur update, why does Disk Utility continuously ask for admin authentication?

I'm running MacOS Big Sur (11.2.1) on a MacBook Air 2014. I exclusively use the MacBook under a standard user account, though I also possess the admin credentials. Since a recent update (I want to ...
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Can malware skip the administrator password popup if it already knows the password on macOS

I have two accounts on my Mac: standard and administrator. I always use the standard account and when I need to perform an action that requires the administrator rights I enter my admin credentials ...
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Unable to access MacBook Pro as im not the Admin Accountant

My previous employers have gone into liquidation and no longer provide business or services. I have my work MacBook Pro which have not been requested to be returned. How can I remove the current Admin/...
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Allow a specific application "to administer your computer"

I get this dialog whenever python running under emacs calls at: I want to grant Emacs a permanent permission to do that (preferably from the command line, without gui, so that I can automate it and ...
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How do you hack an administrator's account without being caught? [closed]

I am using my school computer but pretty much anything fun i can do on it is blocked, so I want to try to hack the administrator's account so that i can actually have fun on it - without being caught, ...
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Delete a service user account

How can I delete a service user account that I cannot see in System Preferences? I have just uninstalled PostgreSQL, but the service user account is still there, and I cannot see it in Users & ...
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Cannot change admin account password on company-provided laptop

I have a macbook pro running macOS Big Sur 11.1 that was given to me by my former employer. They allowed me to keep the laptop after I left the company. When I try changing my password, I get this ...
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Admin authentication not working on Big Sur

Anything that I am trying to do that requires admin user access is failing. Whether it be moving an app to the trash or making a change to settings (app settings or system settings) it isn't working. ...
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Will this get rid of all the data on my macbook pro (high sierra)?

I tried changing the administrator's short name and the admin user ended up turning into a standard one. Now I can't log in with the administrator username and password if I want to make changes to ...
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I’ve just updated to Catalina. Admin is read only, and I cannot change it to read and write

On Macintosh HD info admin is read only. I am the admin, but when I try to change it to read and write I get a message
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problem doing chown for a group

I just started a new job and got given a new laptop, I am having problems archiving xcode iOS apps. the command xcode wants to use is: cd /Users/manuel.betancurt/Documents/testeos/iOS/suzo /usr/sbin/...
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How to run an installed application as an admin?

Background I'm running Catalina 10.15.7. I run my macOS system as a limited user (I have admin credentials for admin tasks). This mostly works fine, but it seems many apps, and sometimes Apple ...
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How to get access to an admin account without an admin account without losing data

My wife just left me, but changed the password to the admin account on my iMac just to spite me, and I have no way of contacting her. I have a separate managed account for my brother when he was ...
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"/sbin/mount -uw /" not working?

I am trying to add an administrator account on my MacBook Pro using single-user mode. However, the command /sbin/mount -uw / does not seem to work. Any reason as to why? /sbin/mount -uw / ...
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How to change a MacBook's "main" login/user?

I got a new (reconditioned by Apple) MacBook for my girlfriend. When it arrived, I went through the setup process and created my account, and then created her account afterwards. Both have admin ...
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Identify why macOS prompts me for an admin password

I get this annoying dialog when I login on my mac as a standard user, and I don't know why it keeps asking for an admin password. My question is if there is a way to find out which command/process or ...
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How can I script the bootup disk in macOS Catalina without disabling SIP?

I'm on Catalina 10.15.6. Previously, you could write shell scripts that would set the boot volume and restart the Mac, either by using bless --mount X --setBoot or by using systemsetup -setstartupdisk,...
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How to delete empty deleted user home folder? [duplicate]

I have a deleted user home folder in the "Users" folder that does not contain anything and cannot be deleted. Can anybody suggest any ideas?
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Changed Fullname and Account name but not Home directory, now blank "Admin" page [duplicate]

This morning i changed the Full name and Account name on my account but not home directory name. Now, everytime an admin feature is needed, it just shows up as a blank login page. When i try to right ...
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Is it safe to delete the original admin user after creating a new one?

I have a MBP running Mojave that I got from a colleague. It's got a single user account, let's say "John", and that user is an administrator account. I don't want John's account, I want my ...
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Run an application as another user in Mac

I have tried various methods mentioned across many sites, but cant able to run perfectly on newer versions of mac os. I have tried: sudo -i -u otheruser -H OR sudo login -f otheruser And try running ...
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Forgot admin password....Unable to select Utilities in Recovery Mode

I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2009), which I haven’t used for a couple of years. I can start it and use it as I don’t have a log in password set up, but since I forgot my admin password, I’m now unable to ...
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Can't Login System Preference After Changed Username

I just changed my username and after that I can't login in my System Preference. Usually there will be my username and just fill the password but now all is blank. I used my new and old username to ...
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When I try to delete some old folders on my mac desktop I get error. I have tried some method but failed. Error is shown in description

I have tried several methods in the past as well. While reflecting on root of problem initially after purchasing mac I had password set which was forgotten within week so I had to used command R ...
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Any conflicts when creating two User accounts (with different privileges) but the same Apple ID?

I've set up iMac A with an Admin User account {501}, a User account {512}, and also three "sharing only" accounts {502, 503, 504} for networking with iMac B. I've set up iMac B with an Admin User ...
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Can I change my kernel security level?

When I run sysctl kern.securelevel on my Mac, it gives me a value of 0. I'd like to increase the kernel security level on my computer. I want it to give me a 1. Can I do that?
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Guest account only cannot access admin

Running Mavericks 10.9.5, iMac 12,1 21.5 Intel i5 2.7ghz 16gb. I want to re-image the machine but it only boots with a Guest account. No Recovery partition and unknown admin password. Using "...
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Cannot disable parental controls for Admin user

I wanted to put parental controls on my computer before I learned that administrator users can't have parental controls (makes sense to me now). But somehow I still managed to enable parental controls ...
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How do I delete a new Admin account and its data without knowing the old admin password?

I used my friend's Mac by creating a new admin account. Now I need to return it and want to delete the new Admin account I created without knowing his password. In other words, can I delete my own ...
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macOS - User can perform admin tasks but cannot sudo

MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 Centrify 5.5.2-702 UserA is a "Mobile" (AD Authenticated) user showing as "Admin" in Users & Groups UserA is shown as a member of the local "admin" group when running "...
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New user owns old apps in Mac

I just created a second user in my computer so guests can use my Mac without the need of using my account. I did this through the GUI (Settings → Users → New User). While trying to set up permissions ...
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Admin vs Domain account

I created my iMac's account as a domain user without admin rights. My IT department then made my account an admin. Currently, every time I change or create files, or when I install softwares I am ...

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