Repairing boot managers and more in Linux and Windows

Resetting Passwords

Pressing the Password (+) button offers three options: Change Gnu/Linux Password, Regenerate sudoers file, and Blank Windows password. The first item lets you reset Linux user or root passwords. Regenerating the sudoers file relates to the sudo command and its configuration file. The recommendation for less experienced users is to let Rescapp create this file: If you grant the root account [7] too many rights, you can quickly open up dangerous vulnerabilities. The third option lets you delete user or administrator passwords on Windows (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Rescatux resets Linux and Windows passwords on request.

Repairing Filesystems

The Filesystem (+) button simply takes you to an option with the promising label File System Check (Forced Fix) (BETA) that repairs various filesystems on Linux. Errors are eliminated automatically, without prompting the user to confirm (Figure 4). The tool first prompts you for the partition to be checked; those with filesystem problems are listed as Can't mount.

Figure 4: Rescatux also repairs Linux filesystems.

Open Windows!

Although Rescatux is mainly targeted at Linux users, it does not ignore users with dual-boot setups. The button labeled Windows (+) takes you to various tools for users of Microsoft operating systems.

Foremost among these tools is the option to restore the Master Boot Record, without which Windows does not launch after you uninstall Linux. Other options let you unlock a blocked Windows user account and add a user to the administrator group. Moreover, there is the previously mentioned option for resetting passwords.

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