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Reseting your pw in OS X Yosemite

Hi Scotty,
We didn't get very far with daughter’s homework because we don't know the password. We bought the computer from my sister. She doesn't know it either. Any ideas?


Those are great screenshots so thanks for that.  Unfortunately it’s a little difficult (but not impossible) to reset the password.  The easiest path would be to acquire that password from the previous owner.  If that is no longer possible then it gets a little tricky.  It requires booting the computer in Recovery mode, opening terminal, entering the secret command “resetpassword” which triggers the password reset tool then changing the password from there.  If you’ve never done it before it can be a bit intimidating but overall it’s not too hard.   I can do it for you when I see you next time if you’d like.  Or if you’d like to try on your own, here’s a step by step guide:
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