View Full Version : Administrator account has changed to standard account

15th March 2009, 10:26 PM
I had to do a reinstall of Leopard on my Powerbook however after reinstalling 10.4.2 then upgrading to 10.5.0 in order to get back to 10.5.6 (I only have the Leopard upgrade disc) my administrator account has now changed to a standard account which means I now can't alter the system or install software, etc.

Apparently this is a known bug according to Apple Support Article 306876 - titled 'Mac OS X 10.5: Administrator user changes to standard'. The symptoms are: 'After performing an upgrade installation (the default type) of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, an administrator account may change to a standard one'. The resolution is described in 9 steps, which are:

1) Start from your Mac OS X 10.5 Install DVD. (You do not need to install Leopard again.)

2) From the Utilities menu, choose Reset Password (do not choose Firmware Password Utility).

3) Follow the onscreen instructions to reset the root password (the root account is not the same as your account). Specifically: Select the name of the drive that Mac OS X is installed on, select the user named "System Administrator (root)" from the pop-up menu, type the password in the first field, re-enter the password in the second field, then click the Save button.

4) Restart from your Mac OS X Leopard volume.

5) When the login window appears, select "Other..." and log in as the root user using the password that was created above. Note: If Mac OS X automatically logs in, choose Log Out (name) from the Apple menu to get to the login window.

6) Go to Accounts preferences and check (enable) "Allow user to administer this computer" for the affected user.

7) From the Apple menu, choose Log Out root....

8) Log in as the user account that had this issue. (Your account should now have administrator access.)

9) Use Directory Utility to disable the root user via Directory Utility's Edit menu. You may need to click the lock icon first).

Now I've done steps 1-4 (which took several hours to work out for a start!) and am now totally stuck at step 5 as after restarting from the Mac OS X leopard volume (and I assume whoever wrote these instructions means the hard drive?) no login window appears despite carefully repeating steps 1-4 numerous times!

Now either a vital step (or steps) is missing or these instructions are very poorly worded and I'd go with very poorly worded as it took me an hour to work out that step 1 actually means hold down the 'C' key after restarting and not the 'Option' key as 'Start from your Mac OS X 10.5 install DVD' normally means to 'boot' off the DVD. If whoever wrote these instructions bothered to word them a bit more precisely instead of only half describing what you're meant to do and hoping the user will be able to fill in the blanks, then I mighn't have wasted several hours getting nowhere!

So can anyone help me regain my administrator access by giving me precisely worded instructions that actually work?