Intel Mac :: How To Know When User Account Was Created
Apr 10, 2012
User account just showed up on my friend's iMac, and she did not create it. It was created with full admin privileges, and we are trying to determine when it was created.†Is there a log or other system utility that will give me this information?
A freshly created account under 10.7.4. is a Admin account by default. The checkbox "Allow user to administer this computer" is grayed out. I end up with an Admin account and there is no way to convert this account into a Standard account.¬†Facts: 10.7.4 - clean install on a current iMac i5¬†Freshly created account uses name of a deleted older account (my name)Repaired permissions several times (disk utility and "resetpassword utility" via terminal and safe boot)The older account had been relocated to a external disc for security reasons. There the access rights got corrupted so that I wanted to freshly create a new account and copy all files from a¬† backup.¬†how to create a new account for me?¬†
Today when I turned on my iMac, it went to the login screen and then something odd happened. I saw a second account on the login list that i never made. It is called "Other: and has an icon with lines and spheres (like a networking icon). Also when I click on it, it asks for a name and password.I logged into account and went straight to System Preferences ->Accounts and there is no "Other" in the list of accounts there on the left.just my account. Is this a virus or have I been hacked? Or is this is bug?
Info: iMac (27-inch Late 2009), Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier
The other day I decided to reinstall OSX from scratch (Lion).¬†So, formatted and reinstalled. Reinstalled all the programs and updates I wanted manually, then used my TM back up to recover my iTunes, documents and pictures.¬†This is where problems began as my new account (Alex Mason) was named exactly the same as the old one present in the TM backup. Migration assistant created a new user account (Alex Mason2). So I have my new set up in one account and my old documents in another! So I got into the USER directory and transfered them between accounts. So far so good.¬†
Then came the issue of removing the Alex Mason2 account. At first this was straight forward. Go to the user accounts pref pane, select Alex Mason2 in other accounts and press the "-" sign. Done.¬†
But then, it reappeared! And this time I couldnt get rid.¬†I found this on the support forum here:¬†[URL]...and I followed it to the letter. It describes exactly my situation, that a 2nd user account created because of a name clash when using migration assistant may reappear after initial deletion.¬†
After doing so, the account Alex Mason appeared in its place in the other accounts bit on the pref pane. This confused me because I was logged in as Alex Mason so how could that also be another account? It wasnt there before, so why now? I exited the pref pane to see if that sorted things out.¬†
Then I couldnt get back on the user accounts pref pane as OSX said it could not load it!. In the hope of sorting things out again, I restarted the iMac only to be greeted by a grey screen (with the cloth texture) and a user + password dialogue box that were empty. Putting my credentials in resulted in a loading icon in the password box and that was it!! Nothing. Nada. Can't log in.¬†
I tried repairing permissions (of which some were repaired) and got the same result. I restored via TimeMachine and deleted the second account again. Same again, it disappears but the login name still appears at the log in screen and shortly after, the user re-appears in the user account pref pane again and this time I can't use "-" to delete it. I am wary of trying the above link again.¬†What did I do wrong?! and how can I deleted that second account!
Couldn't log in to iMac after there was a power outage.†Well, sure enough when I inserted the factory startup disk and tried to change the password on the user account the only accounts that were available were the root and guest accounts.
I ran disk repair twice. The first time I got a message that the repair couldn't be completed. I tried again and it was successful. The odd thing is that the user account folder "m1301" seems to be there but it's not recognized as a viable user.
It was the first operating user account before I setup my iCloud. Once I migrated my data from the other computer and setup my iCloud, I realized that I am stuck with 2 user accounts. I am only actively using the one that I migrated over and setup the iCloud with, the other account, although the other one was the first operating account, it is absolutely no use to me now.¬†I tried many times to delete it from system pref and it keeps on coming back! I suspect it has something to do multiple mobile devices.
Like many users, I have set up my only user account as Admin, which I share with my wife. I would now like to duplicate that user account (so as to keep all the settings, etc.) and convert the new account to Standard, and rename the Admin account to a new name.
I want to close down¬† a user account. When I go into Users in System Preferences and chose the account I want to close it starts going through the motions of deleting the account, then, comes up with an error saying I can't delete this account.¬†
I have tried many times. I have even removed files so that I have 200GB of disk space etc.¬†
I recently and accidentally activated the mobile features to my account here at work. Since then, links to volumes have changed and I'm not sure what else has changed on my account. I was actually trying to setup screen sharing between my personal Macbook and my Work iMac, but failed. disable that feature on my account? Also, why are the Mobile account settings grayed out?
I recently logged into [URL] to change my Apple ID. Everything worked fine and I was able to change and sync everything on my iPhone and iPad, except for my iMac. When I enter the Users & Groups section to change the Apple ID associated with my Admin account, it only allows me to add additional Apple IDs and delete those, but not the original Apple ID. I've tried double clicking on the original Apple ID and change it there, but it only creates a different Apple ID when I click done. Now I have multiple Apple IDs and I only want to see one.
iMac 2.16 GHZ IntelCore 2 Duo with 2GB RAM running OS 10.5.8. After switching from one user account to the Admin User Account the kernel panic message 'You need to restart you computer' appeared. After holding down the power button and restarting, I tried to login to the same account but got the same error message. Tried again and still same message. I then restarted using the install disk and used Disk Utility to repair the disk. ¬†
Disk Utility reported missing thread record, incorrect number of threads,invalid volume file count (It should be 823873 instead of 823874) incorrect number of extended attributres and missing directory record and then it continuted to repair the disk and then showed invalid volume file count error again but this time it displayed (It should be 823874 instead of 823873) For some reason the numbers were swapped round from the earlier message. It continued to repair and reported that the Volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK.¬†
I restarted the mac and logged into Admin User Account and got the 'You need to restart your computer' message again. After restarting I logged into the other 3 user accounts and they all work perfectly but each time I log onto the Admin User Account the 'restart computer' message appears.¬†Is there any way to repair the Admin User Account without having to re-format the hard drive and re-install everything from scratch?
I have searched these forums and Google to no avail; perhaps I am asking the wrong I had, and still have, the default Admin User account. I installed my MAC Office and Fusion among other things in this account. I then joined the MAC to my office Windows domain which created a new user. When I log in as the new user all I see is the default dock; no applications. And all setting were lost; I think I can understand that one. So the question is, how do I get the new user access to the applications installed under the Admin user?
When logging in with my password there is some user created text above the dialogue box. I created this text in Tiger but can't remember where or how. It was deep in the root, and I know Leopard is somewhat different than Tiger when it comes to these functions.
I bought this new MacBook Pro a month ago.¬† When I try logging into my guest account, it froze.¬† I had no other alternative but to get out of it by pressing the power button.¬† Then I tried open a new user account to see if it also has the same problem.¬† Unfortunately it did have the same problem - froze after I logged in.¬† I had done a harddisk check, there seemed to be no problem.
Info: MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.2)
I have just lost my user account that I normally use. It happened after I changed my name for my user account in the Finder. I clicked Get Info and changed the name from Helen Andersson to only Helen. and after that nothing is the same and i cant go back either that I know of. When I start the computer now everything that I had on my desktop and in my Itunes, Icalendar, addressbook, and Aperture are not there. I have found them (well at least what i had on my desktop and my itunes but not the other information), so they are still on the computer but I dont know how to get back to my normal user account.
When I check my System preferences Account I only have one account so its not like I made a new one and have two. But I can also see that the one I am using now that has nothing on it is made today.
So please if anyone can help me get my iMac to go back to the old user and all its settings the same way I would very much appreciate it. Because this user has nothing and I have to start everything from scratch even my internet settings I had to download again to be able to go on the internet. This user has nothing.
Up till now, all the family have been using just one user account on our iMac. (OK, I now know that's not a good idea!) I'm now going to be working from home so have set up a new user as Work. I've been using an IMAP mail service in Mail on the family user account and I've now set it up on the work account. If I delete the IMAP account from Mail in the family user account, will this delete my mail off the IMAP server so I cannot access it on the wrok user account?
I created a new account on my iMac so that she can use my iMac. I deactivated her email account in Mail in my account and activated it in Mail in her account. (Using 10.5.7 and Mail 3.6). She can send mail but not receive mail. If she sends me an email from her account, I can get it when I log in to Mail in my account. However, when I send an email to her, it is sent - but nothing shows up when Check Mail is clicked on her Mail. (If I reactivate her account in my Mail and click Check Mail, I can receive the messages that should have been sent to her account - but I don't want this to happen!).
I created a second account on my Macbook, have parental controls on to limit, "adult material," however when i go onto that user name the safari shows up with a "?" and wont allow me to even access safari. I double checked to make sure I have allowed the user to use the internet. what am i doing wrong?
I have multipe accounts on my Mac.¬† Two of them need to share certain files, but not with everyone else so I can't use the Shared folder.¬† When I create a new text file with AppleScript it has default ownership to the account that created it, but I need to give read & write privilages to it to the other account as well.¬† I can do this manually, but there are lots of files sometimes.¬† One trick I've found is to reset privilages from the next higher folder.¬† This saves time, but sometimes I forget.¬† Also when I do this it causes Time Machine to think all the files in that folder have been updated.¬† If the folder is large it may cause Time Machine to purge a old backup version.¬† What I'd like to do is find some AppleScript code I can use to add user "A" with read & write access to the permissions of a new file at the time my AppleScript creates that file.
There are a number of user accounts on my computer.
All of them work, apart from one.
When I try to log into that User Account it will not open. I am using the correct password .
I can see the contents of that account when I am logged into one of the other accounts.
Is there any simple way of getting the User account working properly again?
I have backups of the Users folder. I could just replace the User that I cannot log into with that User from one of the backups. But the information will be slightly different as the backups were done weeks ago. Also I don't want to use those backups as I have had problems doing similar things before (because the system seems to remember where the files came from and that causes clashes).
So it's finals week, and I restarted my computer, and when it came back on, it went to the login screen. My computer never goes to the login screen. I looked at the accounts that were present, and none were mine. Only the "Other..." button was present, so I clicked on this and attempted to manually type in my account name and password, and I was unable to log in. I was able to access the computer through the System Administrator login (root name and master password). My harddrive still shows my name under the User Accounts, however when I go into the System Preferences to make changes to my accounts, only the root account shows. All of my information is still here, but is there a way to restore the account, so I can go back to using my machine with all of its settings? I'm running Leopard 10.5.5 on a Macbook Pro 17", 2.16ghz (1st generation).
I spent about four hours with customer support between the phone and instant message support a few days ago. I have a dot mac account, and use the Mail app. It has stopped working. It works on my iphone, it works on webmail, but the Mail app does not. Other computers in the house using dot mac and Mail work fine. I can't get the Mail app to connect to any email accounts, such as gmail either. Phone support moved me up 3 levels of folks to talk to, we spent a couple hours on the phone. Finally, fixed. Like four days later, it's gone again. I don't quite remember what all we ended up doing. iPhoto doesn't work. It will for a while. Then I get an error message and it just hangs. This was months ago, I gave up. Support couldn't solve it, I think I asked here too and never got it figured out. I switched to Picasa and have been happy since it never seems to mess up. During the time when the iPHoto thing was bugging me, I totally wiped out the machine and started fresh.
All the problems returned in no time. So I know I can call support back. But I get the feeling this is all just going to keep happening. The computer was purchased in 2007, running 10.6.2 (imac). It's all updated, etc. If I make a new user account, is it possible IT wont have these errors? Or is this a system wide thing? I know having dot mac will move most of my things along for me, mail, address book, ical, bookmarks, dock items, etc. But what about Picasa? I spent months and months organizing that. I suppose there is no way to just shove it over to another user account as is? I have an external, which is a mess of duplicate files and a lack of organization. But I do have one, and I am going to guess that is how I have to move things? I just lose all of my organization and such? I'm starting to understand why people are moving to all web based apps. I am sick of nothing working. I love the Mail app though. But I don't want to have to "fix" it every couple days.
Have just sorted my new iMac running on 10.5.2. I moved files from the main admin account over to a second account with admin privileges using the shared folder. Everything is as it should be BUT...
I can no longer log into the second account. I tried using a plug-in keyboard in case it was the wireless keyboard, restarted etc to no avail. Finally after doing a repair permissions using disk utility, I managed to log in ok.