That's the problem, then. If I recall correctly, you can take the machine to a 
Certified Apple Technician, and they can recover that password or get around it 
in some way. Check the Apple support site, and ask in their forums.


On Mar 26, 2016, at 9:25 PM, Snowyn wrote:

>> First, what version of OSX are you using?
>> I just tried removing a system font under Yosemite, and it worked. I
>> have to assume that the account you are using does not have root
>> administration access.
>> If you are running El Capitan, then the way I've been told it works is
>> that when you attempt to make a modification to the system-reserved
>> software, Apple sends a message to one of your other devices (iPhone,
>> iPad, iPod, etc.) that asks you to verify your Apple ID. When you do
>> so from that device, your computer will grant you full access. In
>> other words, even if you are logging in as the sole administrative
>> user, you have to verify that semi-independently to get full access.
>> That means that if your computer is stolen, they have to steal at
>> least one other device and have your Apple ID to get full access. Nice
>> of Appleto force you to buy another Apple device.
>> That's as I understand it, as I haven't "upgraded" to the latest
>> version, though I will do so shortly. I'm glad Apple takes security as
>> seriously as they do. I just wish they were still good enough to do it
>> in a user friendly manner.
>> Apple has a very good support site:
>> "Those who give up their liberty to gain security deserve neither."
>> Benjamin Franklin
>> Ross
> Using El Capitan. And there are two admin users on this system. One from the
> original owner. One for me. I have lost track of the password for the original
> owner's admin account. Also do not have the root password. While the original
> owner is a friend of mine, he doesn't remember his password either. El 
> Capitan's
> "protection" for fonts in /System/Library/Fonts/ is apparently much stronger
> than for Yosemite. Frankly, for a variety of reasons, I am sorry that I ever
> upgraded to El Capitan. Much preferred Yosemite.
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