need to change the owner and password so i can get administrative power

Asked by troy osburne on 2010-09-18

i bought my computer about a month ago from a pawn shop and cant use it to do much of anything cuz i need to change the owner and password so i can get adminastrative power to use anything..i cant even update any of plug ins or drivers...:-(

i tired every insrutuction i could find to get the adobe flash thingy downloadedand moved to where it said to put it.on firefox.but its like everyone expects you to know all about this (insert a cuss word here).. i tried for days and didnt see anything on firefox called a plugin directory or dipository ....or what they were calling it.... one time it even said it was nalrady downloaded but if so i couldnt find it and it never worked.....,, so i8 am just giving up on this ukabuga or watever its called .. i havent enjoyed MY6

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2010-09-18
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2010-09-18

Boot to root recovery mode then run:

cd /home; ls

You will now see the usernames, you can now run:

passwd foo

replace foo with the username you see. You have now set the password for foo. You can now reboot then login as foo.

troy osburne (cheftroyrd) said : #2

well..i dont know how to get to boot recovery mode either :-( and you said to run cd /home; Is...is that just what i type and enter or is that a cd rom i put in and run...lol yeah ,i know i dont know much about all this ..

Hold shift at boot, select recovery mode then select root

You don't boot the cd, cd is a command and is short for (c)hange (d)irectory. It is also the same command in windows.

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