Removing users from MAC

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have bought a mac off ebay. It prompts for a user and password upon boot up. This in itself isnt a particular problem because the guy I bought it from gave me the password. However Id rather it just booted up without asking for the user. If that isnt possible how can I change the username to my own?

I'm a PC user, so will need this explaining step by step. (I got the mac to see what the fuss was about!)
Question by:stummj
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    Pull down the Apple Menu to System Preference and go to the USERS preference pane. It should be self-explanatory. If not, use the Help menu in the preferences pane.
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    Open System Preferences from the Apple menu, and go to the Accounts pane. Authenticate as an admin by clicking on the lock icon in the lower left corner. Click Login Options, and check the box Automatically Login As, and select a user from the list. Supply the necessary password and you won't have to stop at the login window any longer.

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    Wont these options still leave me with the old owner's user? Wont I simply be automating the login process?
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    You'd want to first create your own account with the "+" button on the Accounts pane. After you create a new account, go to the Login Options and do the automatic login setting for your new account. You can then login with the new account, go back to the Accounts pref pane, select the old owner's account and click "-" to delete it from the system.
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    You might not want to delete the old account until you are sure the new account does everything you want. The old account will have things like saved passwords and certain application preferences that won't exist in the new account.
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    Go to System Prefenences (click ont he Apple at the top and drop it down and select it there).  
    1.Click on Accounts,
    - You might have to click on the lock in the lower left hand corner if it is closed if not then you can edit everything fine.
    2.  Click on the plus sign in the lower left corner.
    3.  Create a user name and fill out the rest of the form (make sure you select admin prilvedges)
    4. logout and back in as the new user you created
    5.  Go back into system preferences
    6.  Click the minus sign while selecting the old profile name

    This way everythign is reset from keychain(password manager) to general preferences.

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