I ran Software Update then noticed that both my administrator accounts had turned into standard accounts. Any solutions?

I ran Software Update then noticed that both my administrator accounts had turned into standard accounts. Any solutions?

Hopefully, you're just confusing the system's request for authentication with a demotion in your user status: Try typing in your password when the installer tells you that you need an administrator's password to install something. If it still balks, try setting the Root password, which normally requires an administrator password - unless you do it while booted from your Mac OS X Install disc. Do so, then click through the first screen and select Utilities > Reset Password from the menubar. Select System Administrator (root) from the User pull-down menu and follow the prompts to set a password.

 

Now you can reboot normally from the hard drive and dig into System Preferences' Accounts pane to restore your Administrator status. But for better security, leave your accounts as they are and use the Root password when you need to authenticate an installation or what-have-you. Sure, it's a little more typing, but it makes your Mac more secure from would-be infiltrators. You know not to log in as Root for daily use, right? That's a big security no-no.

 

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