How to Change Forgotten Password on WSL (Bash for Windows)

· by Victor Mendonça · Read in about 1 min · (100 words) ·

So you have installed Bash for Windows, but forgot your password!! That’s easy to fix, and here’s how:

a. Find your username by running Bash for Windows and executing whoami

$ whoami

b. Change the default user to root by running the code below on a Windows command prompt (cmd.exe)

LxRun.exe /setdefaultuser root

c. Now change the password with bash -c 'passwd [user]' (also on the Windows command prompt)

bash -c 'passwd victor_m'
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

d. Change the default user back to your user

LxRun.exe /setdefaultuser victor_m

e. Profit

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