Just tried after Booting from an external drive. I was able to access the internal drive but the removal task did not work. I will give it another go later. How do you navigate in Terminal? I want to look at the list of files more closely. Thanks Tim!

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On 4/12/2018 8:21 AM, Tim Kilburn wrote:
Hi,

Thanks Jonathan, and I can confirm that you'll need to use the second method.  Starting up from a external source is necessary unless you have root privileges on the given machine.  Single User mode gives you those root privileges by default, but it is less than accessible.

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On Apr 12, 2018, at 08:08, Jonathan Cohn <jon.c.c...@gmail.com <mailto:jon.c.c...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Quick minor correction here, I believe that the files starting with a period are not listed when using the ls command, unless you specify the dash a option.

So I believe the command should be ls -a /var/db

take care,

Jonathan  Cohn
On Apr 12, 2018, at 12:46 AM, Tim Kilburn <kilbu...@me.com <mailto:kilbu...@me.com>> wrote:

Hi,

Try this:

• Restart your Mac into Recovery mode.
• Go up to the Menubar, to Utilities and down to Terminal.
• In Terminal enter "ls /var/db" then press return.
• Navigate through the resulting list and see if there is an item named ".AppleSetupDone".
• if there is, then our job is to remove it.
• Type rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
• Type ls /var/db again and check the resulting list.
• if that file is gone, life is good.
• Quit Terminal and restart your Mac.

If that doesn't allow you access to the .AppleSetupDone file, then I'd use an external HD with MacOS installed to startup from.  Then using the same commands in Terminal, remove the .AppleSetupDone file from the internal drive.  Because you've started from an external source, you'll need to first switch over to the internal drive by using the command "cd /volumes/Macintosh\ HD.  The back slash is required when there is a space in the volume title as we don't want Terminal to read that space for other purposes.

I haven't done this in a while, so can confirm the first method tomorrow morning on a different machine than this one.  The second method would work for sure.

Later...

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Fort McMurray, AB Canada

On Apr 11, 2018, at 21:06, E.T. <ancient.ali...@icloud.com <mailto:ancient.ali...@icloud.com>> wrote:

  Ever done clean installs? I installed HS soon after its release. Google will bring up this issue in the first couple months after release.

  I wish I could confirm for a fact I either had the admin account then or not. I do not now, just my normal user account. Simon, time for you to show up!

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On 4/11/2018 7:21 PM, Jonathan Cohn wrote:
Really! I have had two accounts on my MacOS X systems one regular and one admin since before there was VoiceOver available. Certainly when I did my upgrades my standard account stayed standard and my admin account stayed admin. In Sierra and Earlier it was impossible to finish an install unless one of the accounts was an admin account. I don’t believe one can install any programs in /Applications unless you have an admin account. Well, perhaps Simon will have an idea for you so just hang in there and wait for the sun to rise on NZ.
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  No I did not realize I had no admin account. Until now I had no need for it. Evidently this was a common problem when HS was first released.

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On 4/11/2018 6:51 PM, Jonathan Cohn wrote:
Is the current admin account not working on your system? If you lost the password for the admin account on your computer you might be able to use password recovery tools in the recovery partition, but I have never been very successful with this. Or do you need “super root” privileges to get around parts of the filesystem that relocked to all software except the installer application?
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  Latest High Sierra. I need to create an admin account. I think this means single user mod? Is there another way to do this?

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