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If your IT department is doing things right, then the user account that you log in to a computer with will not have administrative access.
In the Linux ecosystem this is called sudo access.
Normally an accout is made with sudo rights that is only used as needed.
If the password for this account is lost, then there is no longer a way to administer the computer.
In the Windows world, you shutdown the system and then boot to a specially crafted USB boot disk that you can read the Windows information and then reset the admin password.
For Linux, it is easier. You simply need to reboot and interrupt the normal grub boot sequence to get into single user mode.
Reboot the system.
As soon as it powers back on begin tapping the ESC key.
Technically, we are only wanting to stop grub from automatically booting. but with modern SSD or NVMe drives, this can go by so fast you never knew it was available to interrupt.
The first grub entry should be highlighted by default and is normally the one you want. Press e to edit that entry.
Find the line beginning with linux
Go to the end of the line and add init=/bin/bash
Press F10 to boot to this modified file without permanently saving it.
The system will boot to a command prompt similar to [email protected](none):/#
Enter mount -o remount,rw / and press Enter.
Now you can reset the admin account password with the passwd command: passwd YOURADMINNAME.
Enter the new password, then again to confirm it.
Type exit and then use the power button to reboot the computer.