How to Reset Lost Root account password?

  1. Restart
  2. In grub menu select advanced options
  3. Press “e”
  4. Scroll down to the last line in “linux /boot/vmlinuz” sentence
  5. replace the “ro” with “rw”
  6. And add “init=/bin/bash” at last
  7. Press “F10” to reboot
  8. In console type these commands mount -n -o remount,rw / Now reset password passwd root or passwd username to reboot the computer type exec /sbin/init

METHOD 2: Reset Lost Root Password Using Live CD

  1. Boot from any linux Live CD.
  2. Type these commands to become root sudo su find the location of the hard disk partition fdisk -l in most cases it will be /dev/sda1 mount it in different folder mkdir /mnt/recover mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/recover chroot into it chroot /mnt/recover reset the password passwd root or passwd username exit unmount the root partition umount /mnt/recover exit and reboot


Changing the root password in Linux is easy, though it requires you to venture into the dark realm of the command line. Do note that anyone who has access to your computer can use this method to reset your superuser or root password. One precaution you can take is to encrypt the whole hard disk so it can’t be booted or mounted so easily.