Admin account became standard on mcOS High Sierra

Jan 28, 2018
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I need help regarding my admin account, I can't access to unlock the device anymore. It started when I edited the account name of it, then after that whenever I unlock it the username account lock icon on the bottom left it is blank and as I key-in the current password it wont work. It became a standard user, there is no admin user already.


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Jan 25, 2017
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A quick google found this, if you are comfortable with the command line.
You can create a new administrator account by restarting the Setup Assistant:

Boot into Single User Mode: Start/restart your Mac. As soon as you hear the startup tone, press and hold ⌘ + S until you see a black screen with white lettering. (If you end up back on the login screen after a flash of the black screen with white lettering, enter your password and it will return to the black screen.)

Mount the drive by typing /sbin/mount -uw / then ↩ enter.

Remove the Apple Setup Done file by typing rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone then ↩ enter.

Reboot by typing reboot then ↩ enter.

Complete the setup process, creating a new admin account.

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