I created a new user account and when I try to login to that account by switching accounts it said wrong password. I searched here and found my answer here - Create a new user in 12.04?

Now when I clicked enable this account and I don't know what happened from then.. now I'm with a problem that ubuntu don't recognising my password. It's saying there's no password set but when I'm clicking it it's asking for old password.

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  • What happens if you leave the current password field blank?
    – Nate
    Sep 20, 2012 at 14:29
  • Nothing. That 'Change' button still faded or inactive.
    – rainlover
    Sep 20, 2012 at 14:31
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    I guess dropping to a root shell would be overkill..
    – SirCharlo
    Sep 20, 2012 at 14:33
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    @SirCharlo that's what I was going to suggest, too.
    – Aaron
    Sep 20, 2012 at 14:36
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    Can't you just sudo passwd <user>? Just asking. Sep 20, 2012 at 14:41

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I would suggest taking NlightNFotis' advice: open a terminal and type

sudo passwd <user>
  • Yeah, this way you are super user(root) authorized to change <user>'s password to your liking. There is a problem however if you are not in the sudoer's group and have no account with access to sudo commands. Sep 20, 2012 at 16:16
  • I would upvote this, but for some strange kind of fashion, I have reached my daily upvoting limit. Sep 20, 2012 at 16:17

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