I have a hp aspire one laptop Havnt used in some time and the password I thought it was isnt working. I want to wipe the password or the whole laptop but not sure how. It's running on Linux mint 17

  • How do i do that – Bradley Fox Nov 20 '18 at 21:01

Re-install the OS to wipe everything out; or use single user mode to reset the root password.


Reinstall the OS? Since the steps are extensive, you can follow their official guide here: https://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

For resetting the root password:

  1. Reboot the OS
  2. On the GRUB menu, select the kernel and press e
  3. In the file that opens, goto line that starts with linux /boot/vmlinuz... and at the end, add: rw init=/bin/bash
  4. Press F10 or CTRL + X

This will boot your system and you will be dropped to the root shell. From here, it is pretty much simple task to change root user password or any other user for that matter (hint: use passwd command)

Once you are done, simply type exit and the system will reboot again. You can use the new password now to log into the system.

  • How do i do that – Bradley Fox Nov 20 '18 at 21:09
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    See edited section above in my answer – sla3k Nov 20 '18 at 21:27

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