How to reset root password in Ubuntu 17.10

Losing Root Password is not end of the world!

No matter you have excellent memory, and you are a perfect organized person, it happens to everybody one day or another – forgotten password! What if it was your Ubuntu root password? Is it end of the world? This guide will walk you through the method of resetting your lost password in Ubuntu so that you won’t lose all data.

Recover lost root password in Ubuntu 17.10

STEP 1: Shutdown the PC.

STEP 2: Power ON the computer and while at the Ubuntu Grub (boot screen), highlight Ubuntu and press ‘e’ key. If you don’t see the Grub screen, then probably you only have Ubuntu installed in your computer. In such case Ubuntu doesn’t boot into grub to save time. All you have to do is press and hold SHIFT key at startup for GRUB to show up.

Ubuntu Grub
Ubuntu Grub

STEP 3: In the Grub’s boot menu edit mode, navigate using arrow keys and go to line as shown below:

Edit Grub Menu
Before Editing Grub Menu

STEP 4: Edit the text to change ro quiet splash $vt_handoff to rw init=/bin/bash like shown below:

Edit Grub
After Editing Grub Menu

STEP 5: Press Ctrl X keys together. You should exit out of grub and go into command prompt root @(none):/#.

Command Prompt
Command Prompt

STEP 6: Enter passwd command and press enter key. Go ahead and enter the new password twice.

Reset Root Password in Ubuntu 17.10
Reset Root Password in Ubuntu 17.10

STEP 7: That’s it! Your new password is now set. Reboot your computer by entering the following command:

exec /sbin/init

 

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