Whenever I try to change settings for the Admin account or download any files/programs it asks for a password. I do not know/remember this password. I've tried resetting it and making a new account using ROOT, but it wont let me. when I try to change my password, this comes up. "Authentication token manipulation error". I would greatly appreciate some help in this matter.

  • correction. whenever i try to INSTALL any files/programs. – Jonathan Nov 11 '13 at 21:54
  • Welcome to AskUbuntu. Your question need to be completed (we can't know which version of Ubuntu you are speaking of, which commands/programs you are using, etc. Also, do not add a comment to correct things, edit your question. Have you read help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo? – Rmano Nov 11 '13 at 23:52


I suggest these steps for resetting the root password from the grub boot loader. It works great for Kali Linux and should also work for other Linux distros.

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