I lost my Ubuntu user name and/or password
I recently install Ubuntu rather than Windows with reservation as I am not familiar with Ubuntu, Linux and I don't know the jargon. In any case, I must have used a username or password that was unique to me as I try to use the same six letter password and username for everything. Well, it appears that I don't know either or both. How can I get into my computer to fix this thing?
I have visited a lot of threads and tried the suggestions but I have had no luck. One problem appears to be that all of the suggestions either assume that all user have the same level of expertise or they forget a step or two.
I tried the "escape" when trying to boot up and I have yet to find a "root" that will accept a command. I am at : "root@d-desktop:~#" and I haven't a clue. Any help from anyone with a precise suggestion?
I have a second computer, which I am using for this inquiry that I could use to follow any suggestions precisely.
Or would I be better off reformatting and maybe go back to windows?
root is the name of the administrator user on the system. The "root prompt" is what is printed by a command-line "shell", and you can enter into it textual commands.
I don't know what this "escape" is you mentioned, please could you describe what you mean?
If you are looking at a screen with "root@d-desktop:~#" on it on the computer which you are talking about (where you want to find out what username and password you set up during installation), here's how:
To find the user name which was set up during installation of Ubuntu, type in this command (this is case-sensitive):
There is not a good way to get the original password for this user, but you can reset it to a new value with this command:
Excellent !!! its working.. thank u for the post
Thank you! It helped me.
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