I forgot custom password for system

Asked by Vanessa Kirby on 2012-06-18

I changed the authentic password and customized it and did not write it down and forgot it so can not make changes to anything on my system. I need assistance on fixing this.

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2012-06-18
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2012-06-18
primefalcon (primefalcon) said : #1

are you talkiing about your user account password on the OS itself

1. on the grub boot screen choose recovery mode
2. then choose root (this will drop you to a command line interface with root privledges)
3. simply type in passwd <your_username_that_you_want_to change_password_for>
4. you will be prompted to enter a new password....

unless your running an encrypted home partition. this will be problem solved

Vanessa Kirby (vkirby61) said : #2

I am referring to the account password for the operating system.

primefalcon (primefalcon) said : #3

ok then do what I said above and you'll be fine

Vanessa Kirby (vkirby61) said : #4

Okay so shut system down than reboot and what is the Grub mean??

primefalcon (primefalcon) said : #5

it's the purple or black screen (depending on settings) where you see something like

Linux-1.2.435.465.
Linux-455435432 (recovery)
memtest

on boot before the splashscreen kicks in

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