[xubuntu] How to Retrieve Lost Password?

Hi Folks, I have not used the forum for while but now I have a problem that I cannot solve. I have a dual boot laptop W7Pro & Xubuntu 18.04 LTS But when I tried to login the other day, I cannot so, I tried to change the password using “physocats” method which I know works without any difficulty. In fact, I have helped several friends to enable them to login by using this method plus recovering my systems when I have forgotten the password, because I have several PCs, all with different passwords The problem is that when I select root i.e. Drop to root shell prompt, on the Recovery Menu, it transfers to root as normal but here is the rub, Quote: Give root password for maintenance (or press Control-D to continue i.e. asking for root password again (endless loop) I know that I may have forgotten my password, but as I can boot in the W7 partition using the same password, it is puzzling. Yes I know that is not good to do so but I use the same password for the W7 & the Xubuntu 18.04 LTS partitions. Also I not remember ever setting the Root password. Is there another way of removing the offending password. I have several bootable Live USB keys or should I say that they worked the last time I used them. Is there another way of removing/replacing the password file and/or the shadow file when using an external boot. Best Wishes Jim

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