Password Recovery for an Ubuntu Eee PC

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Password Recovery for an Ubuntu Eee PC
You need a password for administrative tasks in Ubuntu Linux. (chiave image by Walter71 from

Ubuntu Linux is set up to prompt for a password when switching users, installing new software or making systemwide configuration changes. Having a password that only you know is important for data security and to avoid malicious software attacks from a third party. If you've forgotten your password for your Eee PC running Ubuntu, you can reset it using built-in tools.

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  1. 1

    Restart the computer and press the "Esc" key when the Ubuntu "GRUB Loading" screen comes up. This takes you to a menu with boot options of different Linux kernel and recover modes.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Recovery Mode" option and press "Enter." At the Recovery Menu, select "Drop to Root Shell Prompt" and press "Enter." This takes you to a command shell prompt with administrative, or Root, privileges.

  3. 3

    Type "passwd username," replacing "username" with your actual login name for Ubuntu. You will be prompted for a new password. Type one in and press "Enter." Your new password is set. Write it down or e-mail it to yourself in case you forget it again.

  4. 4

    Type "sync" and then "reboot --f," followed by the "Enter" key to write the new password to disk and restart the computer.

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