in linux how can I change from being a root user to a just plain user?

When I boot into bash on Windows 10 I now see:


how do I get it to boot to:


3 Answers 3


To switch to a user in Linux:

su - wojowhiskey

To make your user a sudoer:

sudo visudo

And then add or edit the following line:

wojowhiskey ALL=(ALL) ALL
  • Yes, that works but how do I get to boot into bash as user wojowhiskey not root? What file must I amend? Dec 26, 2016 at 0:54
  • I did manage to make it work by placing "su wojowhiskey" in the $HOME/.bashrc file. Now however I can not access the root file. Dec 26, 2016 at 2:07
  • Yes because the root files are owned by the root not wojowhiskey. Whenever you have to access those files, either you prefix your command with sudo or type sudo su - to switch to root user Dec 26, 2016 at 17:29
  • wojowhiskey@STANSTOY:~$ sudo su [sudo] password for wojowhiskey: wojowhiskey is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. wojowhiskey@STANSTOY:~$ Dec 27, 2016 at 4:36
  • I get this when I first login to bash: Dec 27, 2016 at 4:38

Few days ago I had to set default user to root in order to change user password. To set default user do:

<distro> config --default-user <user>

In my case

To set root as default:

ubuntu1804 config --default-user root

To set anand as default:

ubuntu1804 config --default-user anand

From the Windows command prompt: (don't type it in bash.exe)

lxrun /setdefaultuser wojowhiskey

lxrun is pretty powerful, check it out:

C:\> lxrun /?
Performs administrative operations on the LX subsystem

    /install - Installs the subsystem
        Optional arguments:
            /y - Do not prompt user to accept
    /uninstall - Uninstalls the subsystem
        Optional arguments:
            /full - Perform a full uninstall
            /y - Do not prompt user to accept
    /setdefaultuser - Configures the subsystem user that bash will be launched as. If the user does not exist it will be created.
        Optional arguments:
            username - Supply the username
            /y - If username is supplied, do not prompt to create a password
    /update - Updates the subsystem's package index
  • For new Windows 10 release Fall Creators Update and later, lxrun is deprecated. Use distro_name.exe instead, i.e., ubuntu.exe aka.ms/wslusers Jan 16, 2018 at 18:20

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