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You need to boot the machine into runlevel 1. This will reboot into a secured shell and allow you to run passwd. This will in turn allow you to set the password for the root account.
To get into runlevel 1, either type telinit 1 in a terminal or command prompt on a Linux machine, or reboot the machine and do the following:
When the splash screen for the OS appears hit F12. This should take you to the grub bootloader. Highlight the entry for the kernel version you are using and press "e". This will allow you to edit this entry. At the end of the line just add the "1" character to it and save the changes and boot into that kernel. The OS should boot directly to a command prompt. At this time you should be the root user. Simply run passwd and enter in a new password, reboot the machine and log in as root using the password you just entered.
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