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A few weeks ago I was trying to change my password I use to login when it said that my old password wasn't correct. I typed it in more than 10 times, making sure everything was correct. + you can't really do it wrong if your password is 2 letters. Anyways I researched how to change it but did something in terminal that didn't work. So I figured out how to change my password later on. I restarted my computer and I had one extra account, I logged into it with my new password and it was just my main user account. So why do I have 2 user accounts? It isn't a cloned copy because my hard drive wouldn't be able to fit all that. it's just like I have one account with 2 ways to get into it. Any help to get rid of 'Other'?

asked Nov 23 '11 at 03:00

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Matthew B

closed Nov 28 '11 at 01:41

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Matthew B Nov 28 '11 at 01:41

if you want to get rid of this account follow the steps below as they appear in the Apple website:

How to enable/disable the root user OS X Lion

From the Apple menu choose System Preferences.... From the View menu choose Users & Groups. Click the lock and authenticate as an administrator account. Click Login Options.... Click the "Edit..." or "Join..." button at the bottom right. Click the "Open Directory Utility..." button. Click the lock in the Directory Utility window. Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK. Choose Enable Root User/Disable Root User from the Edit menu. Enter the root password you wish to use in both the Password and Verify fields, then click OK. This is the link just in case: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1528

I see that you also have the Guest Account, if you want to get rid of that one too go to the following link; http://gordidon.blogspot.com/2011/10/disable-safari-guest-account-lion-osx.html

answered Nov 27 '11 at 11:15

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As a long time mac user I can say that this is definitely the best solution. The "other" user would be the root user. This user can do things even an admin can't, and sometimes can have really bad effects like damaging your entire system (not hardware, of course). If you are a new user it would be best to just disable it.

(Nov 27 '11 at 21:04) hansring hansring's gravatar image

Thank you! it worked :) Now I feel cleaner when I log in.

(Nov 28 '11 at 01:41) Matthew B Matthew%20B's gravatar image

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Asked: Nov 23 '11 at 03:00

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