Howto: Reset / Break root and other user’s password in Ubuntu 12.04 & Ubutu 12.10 Linux | Grub2 | Precise Pangolin


By Following this article, You will able to reset root password or any other user’s password if you have forgot or you want to reset it any how.

In Previous GRUB, It was very easy to reset root password and other user’s password using Single User Mode but now it is bit complicated but not difficult one.

A Few days, I tried to reset root password by Old method Single User Mode and Adding “1” or “Single” or “S” to the vmlinuz boot option or Adding the same to Recovery mode but nothing helps as it requires root password to Continue.

In Grub2 If you are trying to switch to Single User Mode from Grub Menu then you must have root password as it will take you to the system maintenance mode. (CTRL + D)

Now Lets come to the point, It is bit complicated so thought to share it So it will helps to all of you to reset root password or any other user’s password if you wants to reset.


You can reset root or any other user’s password in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Linux and For GRUB2. This method will only work if Grub2 is not protected with password or any other security.

Do the following procedure to Reset :-

1) Restart Machine 

2) HOLD Shift Button ( You will get message “GRUB Loading“)

3) Select the Kernel ( Don’t select Recovery Mode)

4) Press the e key to edit the entry

5) Select the line starting with the word “linux”

6) Append the init=/bin/bash to the end of the linux line.

7) Now Press F10 to boot with provided option.

Now You need to mount File System ( / ) into Read-Write Mode

8) mount -o remount,rw /

Now execute passwd command to Reset root password.

9) For root User passwd

Other User passwd <user-name>

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Howto: Reset/Recover Root Password | OpenSUSE 11.1


Today I am writing something about OpenSUSE. This is very basic howto and this will be very helpful to beginner mostly.

I am not at all Familiar with OpenSUSE but I Installed it and Just Give a try to reset password of OpenSUSE 11.1 and posting the howto/solution.

In OpenSUSE 11.1 it is different to reset password then other distributions like Fedora, Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

I Don’t say that this is the only method to Reset/Recover root password in OpenSUSE 11.1, May be there are some other methods also but I found this is the easiest method to reset root password.

To Reset Root password in OpenSUSE 11.1 please follow the following procedure :-

1) Boot your OpenSUSE and Keep your screen on Grub.

2) On Selected Kernel at Down side you’ll able to see BOOT OPTIONS.

3) Remove Whaetever return in BOOT OPTIONS

4) Now Type init=/bin/sh and press ENTER

5) Wait some time until it loads your shell prompt.

6) Now Once you get shell prompt then execute passwd commnad and then it will ask you password twice

7) That’s it, Your root password is resetted.

Hope this helps to you.

Let me have feedback for the same.
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