troubleshooting Question

Cannot login to kali linux systetm under Virtualbox.

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George R. KasicaFlag for United States of America asked on
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System used to work perfectly. GUI comes up type root, ENTER, password ENTER, done
Now I get Sorry that didn't work. Try again.
No amount of tried will get me logged in.

Followed the below instructions to a T. No joy. I really don't want to spin up a new VM and load my utilities again. Any way to fix this>

How to Reset your Forgotten Root Password in Kali Linux 2019.2?

Step 1: Restart your Kali Linux, and when your computer boots up to Grub menu, use your downward arrow key to highlight 'Advanced Options for Kali/GNU linux', and then hit Enter key on the keyboard. 

Step 2: Highlight 'Recovery Mode', and then Press 'e' key on the keyboard.

Step 3: Now, On the Next Screen, Go to line linux and replace 'ro' with 'rw'. Also, go to the end of the line linux and then hit space key, and then type init=/bin/bash. Press 'f10' key (if you are using laptop, press fn + f10 key) on the keyboard. 

Step 4: Type command below to change password

        passwd root

and then hit enter. Type your password, and then hit Enter. Again, Re-type the password, and hit Enter. you will see the message, password updated successfully.

Step 5: Now, use the command below to reboot kali linux.

        reboot -f 

and then, hit Enter. 

Step 6: Let kali linux restart normally, and when you see login screen, enter new password. You will be able to login with that.

It's done 
George R. Kasica
System Administrator

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