Locked out of your Linux Machine?

If you are locked out of one of your Linux machines, here is an easy way to reset the root password to get into the machine.

1: Boot the machine, During the boot process press the ESC key to be directed to the GRUB boot page

2: Press “e” to edit commands ran during the boot process

3: The configuration on your machine may be a bit different, but your looking for a line of code that starts with linux, linuxefi, linux16, etc.

4: Edit the end of that configuration line with the code ” rw init=/bin/bash

5: Reboot the machine with either Ctrl-x or F10

6: When the machine boots back up you should see the following prompt, type passwd and enter the new password

7: Reboot the machine and log in with the new password

That is all there is to it!

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