If the Mac OS X administrator password is forgotten or misplaced, Apple provides a facility for restoring a password. Boot your computer from the Mac OS X install CD (hold down the C key while turning your computer on with the CD in the CD-ROM drive). When the Installer application starts, choose Reset Password from the Installer application menu. Figure 29.6 shows the interface to the Password Reset facility.
Figure 29.6. Use the boot CD and Password Reset application to ease your forgetful head.
Detected Mac OS X volumes are listed along the top of the window. To reset a password, follow these steps:
After rebooting your system, you can immediately log in with the new password.