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    Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    Hello,

    I installed Ubuntu as a dual boot with windows a couple of years ago and now want to start using it but do not remember what password I used. Is there any way I can get to Log In or do I have to remove the the current version and reinstall?

    Thanks

    Martin

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    Re: Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    boot into single user mode and reset the password

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

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    Re: Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    Raja

    రాజ శేఖర్ రెడ్డి

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    Re: Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    parcdulas; Hi !

    Should not be necessary to (re-install).
    Here are easy instructions to reset your password in Ubuntu:
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

    Let us know what other we can assist in
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    A couple of years ago and now you want to start using it? Your installed Ubuntu is probably already end-of-live. With the links given by the previous posters you can reset your password, but installing a new version may not be such a bad idea. At the moment 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04 are supported.

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    Re: Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    Thanks to every one! I'm now in with a reset password.

    However, on the top bar, most extreme right edge, where the symbol that includes shutdown normally resides I have two identical usernames (I only ever set it up as a single user as far as I am aware) and thus there is no room for the shutdown symbol. I had to hold the powerbutton down to shut the system down but as there is no data as yet there should be no problem. Any suggestions as to how to clean this up and have it behave as normal for a single user?

    Regards,

    Martin

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    Re: Find lost log in password in ubuntu

    Aside from security risks, one pitfall of using an EOL system is that the majority of people on the forums are no longer using that system. I vaguely recall experiencing something like that a couple years ago. I think it was a bug, and I don't remember a solution.

    Perhaps it would help if you told us what release you're using. If you don't know, you can easily find out by running this in a terminal:
    Code:
    lsb_release -a
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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