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Troubleshoot Your Personal Computer Using Linux Ubuntu Password Resetting / Modification

by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 25 Feb, 2011 21:39:40

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There are very few people who know how to use Linux for troubleshooting issues on their personal computers.

On this article, you will learn about resetting or modifying an Ubuntu password.


Ubuntu Password Resetting or Modification

Of course, if you want to modify or reset your password, there are many reasons behind such as you have too many passwords in mind and you simply can’t remember all passwords at the same time; while on the process of installation of Ubuntu you have forgotten the password you have chosen; or the user account has no password when your friend gave you the PC with installed Ubuntu.

On this section, you will be provided with information on how to perform resetting of password for your Ubuntu account.

Here are the steps -

  • Rebooting into recovery mode should be the first thing to do
  • During booting-up you need to hold down the Shift key for the boot menu to appear that is if Ubuntu is the only OS your PC has or if you only have a single-boot feature
  • The Shift key need not to be held down because you can still view the boot menu when Ubuntu is installed next to Apple Macintosh Operating System X, Linux OS, or Windows; and when you have chosen which OS you’ll boot into at booting time
  • In order for you to see the boot menu while booting up, the Escape key can be pressed if you are using Ubuntu’s older versions
  • The second boot option you may choose is recovery mode from the boot menu
  • There are few options you’ll be presented with after you choose recovery mode and stand by until all process of booting up is done, but the Down arrow should be pressed to get to the option of Drop to root shell prompt and then you may press the Return key to choose it
  • Be cautious of what you are entering in the root terminal because the ultimate administrator is the root account and every possible thing can happen even deleting the installed Ubuntu
  • You may type (lowercase “L”) ls /home if your username can’t be recalled as soon as you are at the prompt of the root shell then you’ll see the Ubuntu installation list of users and from that point you can reset your password
  • You may type your chosen password if is the one you preferred to reset and change the password into another
  • After you’re done with the above process, a prompt for new password request will appear
  • Your entry will be acknowledged by getting no visible response upon typing the password
  • Take note that your password will still be accepted when you enter it
  • You may press the Return key when you’re done typing the password
  • The system will ask you to re-enter the password and then again hit the Return key
  • You may type exit to go back to the recovery menu after resetting the password
  • Choose resume normal boot after you return to the recovery menu, and then you may normally use Ubuntu as you would like because you have reset the password that is automatically and logically known by you



(Please stay on the site for more options in troubleshooting your PC using Linux.)


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