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Old 03-10-2004, 06:56 PM   #1
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Unhappy How do i re-install or delete a user without knowing the username or password?

im very new with linux and a computer guy installed redhat 9.0 on my desktop comp. so that i could use RH and windows XP pro.
but he didnt give me any passwords or usernames.
how do i make another username and password without logging in?
or should i just re-install it(i have the three cd's) ifso HOW? (without wrecking windows and still being able to choose which i want to boot in)

I am desparate to use it but cant...PLEASE HELP!

thank you for any info...

Old 03-10-2004, 07:27 PM   #2
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well, depending on the configuration that your computer guy put in. Well go ahead and go to this address :

There will be three ways to recover your RH 9 system. One is the rescue disk. This involves making a rescue disk as the directions state at the web site, then booting up and changing your root password. another is to boot into single user mode and change your password. To do this figure out if you are using Grub or LILO. then follow the directions.
Old 03-11-2004, 12:44 PM   #3
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Question: Have you tried to log in using "root" as the user name?

Sometimes people will leave a password off, so none would be needed or maybe use something like "password" as the password... Give that a try... Otherwise I would just call the person and ask what the "root" password was on your system. Once you have that, you can do anything.

root in Linux/Unix is the same as Administrator on a Windows system.

Old 03-11-2004, 12:55 PM   #4
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In the GRUB bootup, press e
It will take u to the edit screen.
There select the line with the kernel and add the word "single" (without the quotes ofcourse)
Then boot.
U will endup with a shell.
There u type passwd, and then change the root password.
Then u can do what ever u want with users.
Old 03-12-2004, 02:21 PM   #5
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Lightbulb thanx i'll try it out..

thanx evree1 i'll try it out and see what i can do.
if it doesnt work, you'll see another message appear from me
i'll report what happens...

thank you 2 evry1 thats helping me,



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