Written by Jeff Browning.
This method tricks the computer into thinking the computer it’s brand new and leads you through the setup again to create a new administrator account.
This guide should take only about five or ten minutes, but there is some music and you have to boot into single-user mode, so if your in a public place with inquisitive people bring headphones and try to be subtle.
If you want to recover the password of any current user on the target computer in cleartext (that means actually viewing the user’s password instead of just resetting it), check out our other guide on cracking Mac OS X passwords.
- Wireless network password (not a must, but helpful if you want internet on a secured network right away)
- Headphones (if you’re in a public place and don’t want people giving you weird looks)