How to Reset Forgotten Root Password in RHEL/CentOS and Fedora

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63 Responses

  1. Rahul says:

    Hi All, I am new to Linux. I tried to break my root password with above method. but when i interupt the grub, and type a, nothing comes up. After sometime it just loads the default OS version, but when i give e instead of a, and use different sets of commands, I am able to change the root password. Can some one tell what am i missing in the above method. I am using centos 7 in my VM.

  2. Paul says:

    Same here as @ravi. It’s giving me “give the root password for maintenance.“. Version 2.6.32-358.0.1.el6.i686

  3. ravi says:

    It is giving the massage that give the root password for maintenance.

    i am not able to attach the screenshot

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Which version of Linux distribution are you using? mostly it wouldn’t ask for password in maintenance mode, either you doing wrong, follow the instructions carefully..

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