How can I retrieve my Ubuntu username and password?

Mike September 17, 2010

I recently installed Ubuntu on a Windows Vista computer and lost my Username and Password for Ubuntu due to my wife’s house cleaning needs. Any help to retrieve it would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mike in London, Ontario, Canada.

  1. Intoodeepalloveragain
    September 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks Richard, I'll give it a try later today............Much appreciated

    • Aibek
      October 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      So, did you manage to recover your user account?

  2. Anonymous
    September 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    On new Grub installations, the hot key for the menu is the SHIFT button.

  3. Anonymous
    September 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

    1) Turn on your computer, and as soon as you the Press Esc to enter grub message, press the escape key.

    2) Select the option that says (recovery mode).

    3) Your PC will boot into a shell. Once you get a command prompt, type “passwd username” where the username is your username. If you can’t remember your username, then you can type “ls /home” which should bring it up.

    4) Enter a new password when prompted, and again when prompted again Type “shutdown -r now” to reboot your system,

    That’s it. You should now be able to login with your new password.

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