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I removed admin rights for the original admin account, in order to set up a new account with clear history. (Not 100% that was needed, I am still getting to grips with linux / Ubuntu 12.04 and I read somewhere that its not wise to use original account day to day, which I initially did.)

However, I didn't activate the password for the new account before applying changes.

Here's what I did:

  1. set up new account (no password)
  2. Added admin Rights
  3. Removed admin right from original
  4. No admin access

It now seems as though I have no sudo /admin access. Since I need the 'unset' password of the inactive account, which is the only one with admin rights.

marked as duplicate by Gilles, user.dz, karel, Avinash Raj, Eric Carvalho May 27 '14 at 19:52

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Try this

sudo passwd

It will ask you ur username Enter username of account u want to make root

It will ask you password

Enter password

And probably that should do the job

  • This seems to only be changing the user I am logged in as. Is there away to activate the the inactive admin account? – Toink_8 May 25 '14 at 20:03
  • Y don't you enter username of inactive admin account n try it – Tejas Ghalsasi May 25 '14 at 20:05
  • @Tejas ...as in sudo passwd [user], right? – Andrew Stewart May 25 '14 at 20:26
  • No jus sudo passwd It will prompt u to enter your username there – Tejas Ghalsasi May 25 '14 at 20:29

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