1. nick
    November 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    but what exsacly does it DO to the computer to get pass, does it delete the user? or are you on there account?

    • November 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      It doe not delete the account nor will you use any of files. It just clears the passsword!!

      • eric
        February 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        lol this is shit it totaly restarted the computer

      • March 1, 2014 at 8:09 am

        This is actually the intended behavior. With the new admin account, you can reset the old user password and log back in.
        I hope that answers your question.

  2. Dawn
    January 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    When you say Command+S are they case sensitive commands? Also is it Cmd (plus) S? or just Command S?

    On number 3…are there spaces between the -uw / ?

    Thanks for any help 🙂

    • January 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Dawn,
      First of all, thanks for visiting my blog.
      For the first question, Command+S means pressing both the “COMMAND” and “S” keys on your keyboard.
      Next, yes there is a space betwenn “-uw” and “/”

      • Dawn
        January 11, 2013 at 6:32 am

        Thanks for your reply! Your blog is fab! 🙂

  3. claireoke.supernova
    January 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This worked! So helpful! Thanks!!

  4. Deek
    March 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Will this delete anything? Such as files, pictures, so on and so forth.Also will this delete the password.And do you have to do it everytime you want to access our computer?

    • March 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      No, this will only allow you to change the password and get in the computer. Your files remain untouched, and you only have to do it once. Unless you forget the password again!!

  5. Lincat
    March 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm


    Yesterday I did not want the start up screen to prompt me for a password anymore, so I went into change it to nothing. I just wanted my computer to open up my desktop with out the prompt screen. Well today, the pw prompt screen came up asking me for a password, well I didn’t type one in, I left the field blank yesterday and saved it out. now i can’t get in! My password hint is ‘no password’ to remind me. I’ve tried rebooting with command S, nothing works. I tried the option key while rebooting to get into my recovery drive, there’s nowhere to change my password.

    Help please..

    • March 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      HI Lincat,
      First of all, thank you very much for reading. You said that when you press COMMAND + S, nothing happens. Have you perhaps set your computer with an EFI password?

  6. jeremy
    March 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    This just takes me to a bootloop

    • March 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Can you elaborate more Jeremy? What is taking you to a bootloop?

  7. No name
    April 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Hi when I tried this it and restarted my computer it brought me to a select your language screen that appear when I first bought my computer– does this mean all my files and programs on my computer are lost?

    • April 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      No, This method, if done correctly, shouldn’t wipe your data.

  8. Phil
    April 25, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Hi, when I enter the first line the response on screen is “no such file or directory”
    I noticed a few lines up it says “if you want to make modifications to files run ‘sbin/fsck -y’ first and then’sbin/mount -uw /’ does any of this make any sense???

    • April 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Hi dear reader,
      I am sorry for the late reply.
      I have tried to replicate your error and you only get that error when you enter the command without space.
      I suppose you are entering this “mount-uw/” instead of “mount -uw /”
      Notice that there is a space between the command itself (i.e. “mount”) and the options (“-uw”), also a space between the options and the argument (i.e. “/”).

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  10. Andy
    August 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    When I tried to do this I rebooted the computer and it came up with select language and reregistration page. Did I lose all my files? How do I fix this?

    • August 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

      You shouldn’t have lost anything as you have not deleted any file except the one that tells the computer that there was an initial setup; Just make sure the new account you create does not have the same name as the old one!!

      • That Dude
        August 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

        What happens if you do? :S

      • August 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

        So, the whole point of this method is being able to access the computer with a new admin account. Once you are in, you can reset the password of the existing one and get all your files back. IF you create a new account with the same name as the existing one, then it will crush it, and thus preventing you from retrieving your files.

  11. October 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    i followed your directions. now, my computer just keeps rebooting itself upon startup. what is happening???

  12. Drew
    November 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    this made a new account on my mac, how do i get the password for my old admin account?

    • November 29, 2013 at 7:58 am

      This is the intended behavior. Now that you have an admin account, you can reset the password of the other account in Systems Preferences

  13. Bob Pedrin
    November 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Worked just fine… thanks

  14. blackwing
    March 1, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Hey I was wondering if the 2nd option about rm /var/db/ .AppleSetupDone is it supposed to do something since when I did it it said: File does not exist

    • March 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

      The reason why you have got that error is because you put a space between /var/db/ and .AppleSetupDone .
      It is supposed to be: /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

  15. wayne
    July 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Is there a way to recover the users original password afterwards??

    • July 11, 2014 at 4:16 am

      Unfortunately, no. You cannot recover the original password. You can reset it though.

  16. July 29, 2014 at 9:37 am



    Please help me get my computer back to normal.

    • frank
      August 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      This is actually the intended behavior. With the new admin account, you can reset the old user password and log back in.
      I hope that answers your question.

  17. frank
    August 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Worked Perfectly! Thank You!

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