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July 28th, 2010, 11:31 AM
Hi there

I;m new to ubuntu and I've installed it but i didnlt use it too much. Now I was trying to login into ubuntu but I forgot the root password.

Can I login into ubuntu or change the root password. I didn't make any other user than the installation were asking me.

If I try to reinstall the ubuntu, the setup will help me to choose the same partition( to overwrite on the previous ubuntu)?

many thx

July 28th, 2010, 11:42 AM
In the grub menu;

choose recovery mode;
This will drop you to instant root.

then go to home folder;

cd /home/


ls -a

You'll find your username there.

passwd username

(replace username with your username)

Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

reboot, log in with your username and passwd.

July 28th, 2010, 02:24 PM
Could somebody hack into your computer that way?

July 28th, 2010, 02:41 PM
Could somebody hack into your computer that way?

Yes, Physical access is root access.

@OP. Take a look at http://psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword
for detailed instructions & screenshots.