The passwords for all accounts on OSX 10.10 Yosemite, OSX 10.9 Mavericks and OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion including adminandstandarduser accounts can beresetand changed when booted from theRecovery Partitionon OSX.
Boot into Recovery Partition
Reboot into theRecovery Driveby choosing the ‘Apple‘ menu >Restart, hold down the ‘command’ + ‘r’ keys on the keyboard during the start up process when you see the start up screen you can let go. When the machine boots eventually you will see the OS X Utilities screen.
Go to theUtilitesmenu and selectTerminal
At the prompt type ‘resetpassword’ (hit enter)
This launches the Reset Password screen, select the Volume Hard Drive in the top part of the window pane, then for the user that you need to reset select the user account in the lower part then add and confirm the new password and click save, you get a confirmation screen and details about the keychain account.
Go to theApple Menuand clickRestartto boot back to the normal hard drive and the new password will take effect immediately.