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Mac OS X Single User Mode Password Reset

*Update* This article is out of date.  The new instructions for Lion and Mountain Lion are here.

Have you ever needed to get into a mac but didn’t know the password. Maybe you forgot it. Maybe your roommate changed it and headed off for christmas break. Maybe you stole it in an airport and now want to use it. Whatever the situation, you need in but don’t have the credentials. I’m here to help.

In Mac OS X there are at least two methods for resetting a password. And it does require resetting. This isn’t windows, you can’t just boot off a cd and automatically crack the password. Apple decided to used modern encryption techniques 10 years ago that were probably 10 years old then to protect your passwords. Microsoft still hasn’t.

Method number 1: Follow the instructions here to boot off a disc and reset your password the apple way.

Method number 2: Follow my instructions below and reset it the “cool” way.

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