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How to Change or Reset user’s password in Mac OS X.


Earlier we published how to Reset the Administrator Account Password in Mac OS X. But if you know your Admin password and you need to change or reset the user level password in Mac OS X follow the simple steps given below. More generally we can say that If the original administrator password is known, that administrator account may be used to reset the passwords of other administrator accounts using the steps described below. These steps are for Mac OS X 10.3.X, 10.4.X, 10.5.X. You might need to do this, for example, when someone has lost or forgotten his or her account password.


Use Accounts preferences to reset an account password.

  • Log in with an administrator account.Tip: If you don’t know the password of any administrator accounts, see “Resetting the original administrator account password
  • From the Apple menu choose System Preferences.
  • From the View menu choose Accounts.
  • Click the lock button if it appears locked.
  • Select the username whose password you want to change.
  • Click the Reset Password button (Mac OS X 10.4) or the Change Password button (Mac OS X 10.5).
  • Enter a new password in both the Password and Verify fields, and hint.
  • Click the Reset Password button (Mac OS X 10.4) or Change Password button (Mac OS X 10.5)
  • If a dialog box appears with the message “Your Keychain password will be changed to your new account password,” click OK.

Important Tip : Passwords for administrator accounts should not be blank.


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