Enable the Root User Account on Macs Without Administrative Privileges
Are you trying to install software that requires Admin privileges to install, like FaceTime for Mac? I got a solution for you! Just follow these simple instructions or watch the video and you’ll be on your way!
1. Restart your computer. When you hear the start up sound, press and hold command+S until the screen becomes black and you see white text. This is called Single User Mode and is just like the terminal, but with root privileges.
2. When you are dropped off in the shell, go ahead and run the following commands and press enter after each one:
- /sbin/fsck -y
- /sbin/mount -uw /
- rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
3. Now type “exit” followed by the enter key to finish booting up your computer.
4. You might be prompted to choose a language. Go ahead and choose the language that your computer was in before you did this if this isn’t your computer.
5. The Mac OS X intro video will play. If you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 and you’ve seen my videos, you’ll have Deja Vu
6. You may want to watch the video to see how to set up the computer, but basically, say you don’t have a Mac, don’t give your Apple ID, don’t register, etc.
7. When your desktop loads, open a new Finder window and go to System -> Library -> Core Services -> Directory Utility
8. In the Directory Utility application, go to the edit menu and click on “Enable Root User”. You may have to enter a password for the root account.
9. Log out of the account you just made, and in the login window, click on the “Other…” account.
10. Type in “root” for the user and the password you just set for it.
11. You’re done! Don’t forget to erase the user you made earlier and change the automatic login setting back to the original setting.