I have a laptop on which i have Ubuntu running. This Ubuntu is on live boot and it is customized by the school. Whenever I turn on my laptop, it automatically logs me in as user TIPS. This user doesn't have root perms. Is there any way I can bypass that, or get the root password somehow?? It makes it a 100 times harder since it is live boot :( . Even if I start up a root shell in boot and reset root password, it gets reset when i reboot it to update changes. By The way, the laptop is mine. It just has the school OS.

Thanks in Advance!

EDIT : Is it possible to configure /cdrom of the live boot to delete the password file? I could do it with a live cd of another OS.

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    I think they don't want you to do that.
    – jesse_b
    Aug 1, 2019 at 16:47
  • I guess so..... Aug 1, 2019 at 16:51
  • You need to ask the owner of the (operating) system. Any help circumventing passwords is basically illegal in my country nowadays.
    – Rinzwind
    Aug 1, 2019 at 16:59
  • By the way. I have tried so many methods. Is there any way to edit the live boot files? like the /cdrom dir?? Aug 1, 2019 at 17:00
  • BTW its my laptop with the school's OS Aug 1, 2019 at 17:00

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Is there a specific reason that you are using the school's OS on your personal machine? There's probably a number of ways around your problem. If you only need to use it occasionally for a specific reason, I would suggest using either a virtual machine or setting up a dual boot system. If you don't actually need it, then just install your own OS and call it a day.

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