How do I find my localhost login and password in CentOS after installing it?

December 13, 2010 – 8:28 pm

I have installed Cent OS on vmware successfully. But after reboot, it prompts me to enter localhost login and password which I do not know. Please help me how do I figure out my localhost Login name and password.
Thank you for your response in advance!

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  1. 2 Responses to “How do I find my localhost login and password in CentOS after installing it?”

  2. Hi,

    When you were installing CentOS that time it is asking password for root user. That is your password. Super user of every Unix and Linux is only "root" Means login as root and provide same password. You would be able to login in your CentOS box.

    After installation finish, centos starts first time desktop (same as windows XP installation) and ask to configure desktop. Did this happening or not. Because that time it asks for creating new user (instead of root). If this didn’t happen then I think your installation has some problem.

    Thanks and regards,
    Gitesh Trivedi

    By gitesh t on Dec 13, 2010

  3. root (all lowercase) is a default account.

    There isn’t a default password, you should have been prompted to set one during install.

    If you are using a vmware image, check the site where you got the image, or hit a search engine and search for:
    <image name> default login
    where image name is the distribution or specific image name.

    You can also use single user mode to force change a password, it’s not simple, but can be done.

    By Paul J on Dec 13, 2010

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