How to Change My Centos 5 Root Password


CentOS 5 is a free, enterprise-class Linux distribution. Although it is created from the RedHat Enterprise Linux source code, licensed under the GPL, CentOS is not made by Red Hat, Inc. CentOS is designed to be compatible with the RHEL distribution. It includes the same configuration tools, including Root Password Tool, a graphical-interface to change the root password for the operating system.

  • Click on the "Terminal" button in the bottom panel to open a terminal window.

  • Type "system-config-rootpassword" to start the Root Password Tool.

  • Type the root password when prompted. The Root Password Tool window will appear.

  • Type the new root password in the "Root Password" text box.

  • Type the same password in the "Confirm" text box.

  • Click the "OK" button to change the root password.

Tips & Warnings

  • The password must be at least six characters long. Mix uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers in your password.

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