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Create new OS X Admin account without the CD

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Here's how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD.

The working solution creates a new admin account using OS X's built in single-user mode to trick the computer to think it hasn't completed setup yet.

  1. Reboot
  2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the chime. (command + s on newer Macs)
  3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line): 

    mount -uw / 
    rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone 
    shutdown -h now

  4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you're good to go again!

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