Is there any way I can reset my password without having that live installation thing? Its stuck on loading initial ramdisk...


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1) Boot (or reboot) and hold down the Shift key. You should get a screen like the one below.

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2) Select *Advanced options for elementary. Now you should get a screen like this:

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3) Select recovery mode. Now you should see this screen:

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4) Select root. Now you will see Press Enter for maintenance (or press Control-D to continue). Press Enter

5) The system will be read-only so you need to make it read-write.

mount -o remount rw /

6) Now reset your password:

root@elementaryOS:~# passwd <username>
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

7) Reboot: shutdown -r now

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