Unlock Mac OS X System Preferences




Introduction: Unlock Mac OS X System Preferences

So simple and fast
Unlock all your System Preferences
This i found on a google search, not my idea

Step 1: What to Do

Check you System Preferences (SP from not on), usually locked at school or work, make sure that yours are locked, if not then your done.

Do a Spot light search for "system preferences"
Drag and drop (copy) SP to your desktop or where ever you want it from the Spotlight search

Step 2: Rename It

Rename SP
to something you want I am going to name it SP2, so you know what is the unlocked version

Step 3: Now to Unlock the File

Right (control click) on the SP2
go to Show Package Contents
now navigate to /Contents/Resources
now delete the file NSPrefPaneGroups.plist
now close package Contents and run SP2

Step 4: Using It

Now run it, dont worry all the easy to use buttons are gone but all you have to do is go to view
you may have to click view more then one time to get it to open
Now you have everything open, but some require a Admin password to save it :(
I use it to turn off the fruity colors on the close, re-size buttons
Now if you have people that check you Mac then hide it some where
and remember don;t do anything that will get you in trouble, not my fault.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    now that's what you call some decidedly lax security on OSX!!!

    Sweet little move that, I just can't believe that actually floats!

    Myself, if somebody admins a mac I'm using, I'd just pop in a system disk USB stick, and then give myself full admin access, know what I'm saying. Or just have my own boot drive with my own stuff on it. Hell, I'll just bring my own laptop.


    12 years ago on Introduction

     dude u are a life saver!!!! the school blocked pretty much everything so......yeah...


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Actually i tried and it worked perfectly!
    Thank you for helping me hack my computer!


    13 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry, tried this, OSX now has added security, can't copy it. Nice try though. Cheers, Geekazoid