Forgotten passwords are a pain on any level, from email accounts to IM accounts.? Out of all the account passwords you could forget, the worst, by far, has to be the password to log into your computer!

I’d like to point out that EVERYONE should have a password to login to their computer and never should use the excuse that they will forget it as a reason not to have one.

Resetting a password in Mac OS X is incredibly simple.? The tools you will need: the installation disk that came with your computer.

To reset your password, insert the installation disk that came with your Mac and restart your computer.? When it immediately boots up, press and hold the C key for about 15-20 seconds and let your computer boot up into the Mac OS X installation.? BE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT PROCEED WITH THE INSTALLATION OTHERWISE YOU WILL WIPE AND ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA.

At the top of the installation, there is a menu for Utilities, click that and look for Reset Password. Follow the instructions on the screen and save the password.? Use the Nav bar again to quit out of the installation and reboot.

There are ways to reset your password in Mac OS X without an installation disk, but I have not verified these methods nor do I think it’s a good idea to be without an installation disk.? You’re almost better off going to buy it as you may need it again in the future.

The current method that users report on the way without a disk are:

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

*^After you have a new account, you should be able to delete the old one.? Some report success while others say it just asks them for the old password.? You’re best bet that is sure to work is with an installation disk!