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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to gain root user access without login?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. Easiest method (will not work if GRUB menu password is set)
    1. Boot-up computer
    2. If GRUB menu is hidden, press 'Esc' to enter the GRUB menu
    3. Select
      Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.10-5-386 (recovery mode)
    4. Press 'Enter' to boot
  3. Other methods
    1. Read How to modify kernel boot-up arguments, to gain root user access?
    2. Read How to use Ubuntu Installation CD, to gain root user access?
The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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