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I tried apt-get update and upgrade together and this is what I got.

E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?

What should I do?

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Have you tried using sudo?

Updating applications requires you to use administrative powers, which for security reasons are locked behind sudo.

Try using:

sudo apt-get update

and

sudo apt-get upgrade

and enter your password to upgrade your programs.

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To run both apt-get update and apt-get upgrade you need superuser privilege. You can run these together as,

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade 

And obviously you need to give your administrative password.

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The command apt-get update and apt-get upgrade requires you to be a root.

You have to do this way:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Then you are prompted to enter your password. Enter it and enjoy :)

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You want to superuser privilege to run these... Then, you should be superuser.. To be Superuser.. you should add "Sudo" to these commands.

Try this...

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

And if it is asking a password, Then, Give your Password And Hit the Enter button..

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