Root password

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Mon Mar 12 22:14:08 UTC 2012

On 13/03/12 03:21, Bill Stanley wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there any to reset the root password when the original root 
> password has been forgotten?  One of my friends has Ubuntu an her 
> computer and was trying to change her user password.  She got the root 
> and user passwords mixed up and somehow changed the root password 
> instead.  She doesn't know what she did and the important thing is 
> that the root password is lost.
> Of course, the root password is needed to install applications, run 
> sudo and to di upgrades.  I know that there is no way to recover the 
> password but is there a way to reset the root password without knowing 
> what it is.  Without it, the computer can't be upgraded.  I could try 
> to reinstall Ubuntu but many of her settings would be lost and that 
> would be a PITA as well.
> Bill Stanley

I know that your question has already been answered, but the next time 
try doing a search on the web - you will find thousands of entries 
telling you how to solve this problem :-) .


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