Mac Restore OSX with no command key or recovery drive

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I have a client that has a MacBook Pro 2 .  the computer has not been used for several years . he received it from a school board that he used to work for. He doesn't remember the username or password. I am trying to reinstall the operating system . There is no Command key on the keyboard. Attached is a picture of the keyboard. Everything I read tells me to hold the command key and R key down to start the recovery process. I do not have an Apple recovery disk. I have tried all the other obvious keys in conjunction with the R key and they all take me to login screen. There isn't anything on the HDD that he wants to back up.
I suspect that there is no recovery partition on the hard drive.
Any ideas would be helpful.
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Attached is the picture of the keyboard.
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Jason CarsonComputer Technician
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According to the mac keyboard shortcuts you do have a command key.

Its the other symbol on the apple symbol key. Underneath the letter X key

You could try something like alt-command-R as your command key has a dual purpose.
1. Reboot
2. Hold simultaneously Apple + s down after you hear the chime.
3. When you get the command prompt enter the following commands to create a new account as administrator (hitting return after each line):

mount -uw /

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

shutdown -h now

4. After rebooting you might have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you may delete the old one and you're good to go again!
The cloverleaf symbol has always been called the command key even as far back as the 1st Mac in 1984.  The Command keys terminology was introduced on on the Apple III in 1980 as Apple symbols, so many people called them the Apple keys. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key

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MARVELOUS Strung. Worked like a charm although I did have some problem with the spacing of the commands (ie for your next time)

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