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Installing Linux Mint on your PC or Mac opens up a whole variety of brand-new open source software and abilities. It involves some initial preparation, but in the end you’ll discover it worth the investment.

The primary steps to install Linux Mint on your PC or Mac are as follows:

Prepare an installer. This is usually a USB drive, although you can also burn it to an optical disk if you’re traditional. Note however that many Linux installers nowadays are larger than a CD-ROM (700 MB), so you’ll need a DVD-R/RW or a thumb drive of the appropriate size. Linux Mint’s installer is almost 2 GB, so strategy ahead.
Next, boot from the media (USB drive or optical disc) you simply produced. You may need to change your maker’s settings related to boot order, along with UEFI (more on these later).
Finally, run the installer once the USB drive boots, and you get here on a live Mint desktop (however feel free to have a look around very first).

Straight Setup vs. Dual Booting
While there are some computer systems that come with Linux Mint pre-installed, it’s much more most likely you’ll be installing it onto a machine that currently has an operating system. There’s two approaches you might take: either install it over your existing OS, efficiently erasing it, or install it alongside the initial OS. Each comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.

You need to spend some time deciding whether or not to set up more than one OS on your computer. Some factors to consider consist of the following:

Straight Installation: Prior to you set up Linux Mint over your existing OS, make sure you have actually recognized alternatives for all the applications you need. You’ll have no issue finding apps like browsers, office suites, or media players. However if you require a really particular program, you’ll require to run the other OS is a virtual machine. Your computer must have a bargain of RAM (at least 8 GB) to support these two running at once.
Dual-Booting: Dual-booting is having two OSes set up on the same computer system, however only utilizing one of them at a time. This method sacrifices flexibility; in order to utilize the apps of one OS, you’ll need to shut down the other. Also, dual-booting needs splitting your hard disk drive into partitions, efficiently cutting off a section of its storage off from each OS.

In this post, we assume you’ll wish to use Linux Mint as the only operating system on your computer system. If you wish to keep another OS in addition to Mint and double boot, describe our guides for setting this up on a Mac or a Windows PC. As soon as you have actually picked your method, we can put the installer together.

Download a Linux Mint Installer
Linux Mint Download Page
The Download page on the Mint site uses three versions. Aaron Peters
The most hassle-free method to prepare an installer for Linux Mint is to download an image and compose it to a USB thumb drive. Thumb drives are low-cost, and make outstanding portable toolkits when your Linux Mint set up is done.

Your first step will be to download a set up image from the Linux Mint website. There are three different variations of Linux Mint. Although they are all based upon the very same software core, they each offer a various desktop environment installed by default:

Cinnamon is a fork of the GNOME Desktop (we compared the Ubuntu Unity desktop and GNOME previously). The Linux Mint designers began as soon as GNOME 3 took a various technique to desktop layout.
The philosophy of the MATE desktop is comparable, although these developers decided to use variation 2 of the GNOME desktop as their base.
XFCE has actually long been the desktop of choice for older, lower-powered hardware.

A few criteria to consider as you make your decision consist of the following:

Layout conventions: All 3 of these desktops utilize a familiar layout, which includes an application launcher, taskbar, and system tray. Each likewise supports desktop icons. However their arrangement is slightly various amongst them, so examine them out and see which one you like finest.
Default Applications: Desktop environments are called such due to the fact that they aren’t just the background surface area that holds your icons. They consist of energies like file supervisors and text editors also. Take a look at each option and see if there’s a “must-have” amongst the apps they supply.
Visual appeals: The desktop environment represents the look-and-feel through which you’ll interact with your computer system. If it’s practical but unsightly, the outcome will be a less-than-ideal experience. Pick a desktop environment you like, bearing in mind that you can install alternate styles.

Once you’ve picked a version, download its ISO file from the Linux Mint website, choosing the 32- or 64-bit variation depending upon your machine’s processor. Don’t know which one you have? If you’re on a reasonably contemporary Mac, it will be 64-bit. For Windows, if you’re not sure follow this guide to validate which of these you’ll need.

Write Linux Mint to a Bootable USB Drive
The Win32 Disk Imager application
Win32 Disk Imager makes writing USB boot drives easy. Aaron Peters
Once you have a copy of Linux Mint, you’ll require to compose it to a USB drive. This procedure isn’t as easy as copying the ISO file to the thumb drive. It will generally set the thumb increase as a bootable hard disk, so your computer system can run the operating system from it.

One popular option is the Win32 Disc Imager. We’ve covered this in the past, so you can just follow these actions to make a bootable Linux Mint thumb drive! As soon as total you’ll have a set up drive that will boot on PCs protected by the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which most modern devices utilize by default. The write process is as easy as choosing the ISO file you downloaded in the Image File field, and picking the drive letter for your USB drive in the Drive drop-down.

Etcher.io USB Author on macOS
Etcher.io makes preparing your Linux Mint installer easy. Aaron Peters
On macOS, the Etcher, io supplies a similarly simple way to burn an image. With just 3 button presses you choose your image, the USB drive, and begin the write process.

With the completed installer in hand, it’s time for you to close all those apps and reboot into Linux land.

The Linux Mint Live Desktop
Releasing the Linux Mint Installer
The live desktop provides you a practical launcher for the install process. Aaron Peters
The drive you prepared will boot will boot into a “live” desktop environment. Here, you can experiment with all the software and features that Linux Mint needs to offer. Two things to remember when running a live desktop:

Firstly, changes you make (like producing documents) won’t be conserved. The next time you use the drive, it will be reset to its initial state.
Likewise, running an OS from a USB drive is slower than from a hard disk drive, so don’t evaluate Linux Mint’s efficiency based upon this experience.
When you’re all set to take the plunge, double-click on the Install Linux Mint icon on the desktop to kick off the process.

Setting Up Linux Mint
The installer wizard will set up Linux Mint on your maker in simply a couple of actions.

Action 1: Language

Linux Mint Installer Language Selection
Select the language for your Linux Mint installation. Aaron Peters
The initial step is to pick your language– this is the language that the installed OS will utilize. You can of course modification this later on.

Action 2: Keyboard

Linux Mint Installer Keyboard Setup
The installer must pre-select a reasonable choice based upon your language. Aaron Peters
Next, select your keyboard type. You can utilize the text box below to guarantee secrets are signing up correctly.

Action 3: Proprietary Software

Linux Mint Installer 3rd Party Software Choice
This choice consists of proprietary software application to play numerous kinds of media. Aaron Peters
The following screen will ask if you wish to install proprietary software. You’ll more than likely want to pick this so you can play various types of media files (like MP3 files).

Step 4: Installation Target

Linux Mint Installer Setup Type Options
The setup type has to do with picking where Linux Mint will reside on your drive. Aaron Peters
The installer will supply you with a number of choices for where it will install Mint. Select Erase disk and set up Linux Mint to use your entire disk drive, but know that it will then completely erase everything on that drive. So again, make sure you have all your important information backed up. You can also select to encrypt your whole OS on this screen or use the Sensible Volume Supervisor (a Linux system for effectively managing data on the hard disk drive). Both are safe to either enable or leave handicapped, however keep in mind if you encrypt your OS you may experience a small performance hit.

If you have another OS (e.g. macOS) on the drive that you wish to keep, you’ll need to choose the last option, Something else. This will allow you to manually choose where Mint will set up from among your disk drive’s partitions. Re-visit the guides for double booting on a Mac or a Windows PC for instructions on which partition you ought to choose.

Step 5: Timezone

Linux Mint Installer Timezone Choice
The installer ought to correctly guess your timezone based on location.
At this moment the wizard will ask you a couple more concerns while the set up starts. First is your timezone, which the installer will most likely guess correctly based on your area.

Step 6: Username and Password

Linux Mint Installer Username & Password Setup
Set your qualifications, identifiers, and the alternative to encrypt your files.
Lastly, you’ll be prompted to enter your complete name, a user name, a computer system name (how it shows up on the regional network), and a password. You’ll likewise have the alternative to encrypt your personal folder, which you must do if you didn’t encrypt the OS as a whole.

Action 7: Restart

Linux Mint Installer Progress
While awaiting your setup to finish, a slideshow will introduce the system. Aaron Peters
You can lastly relax now while the set up finishes. The installer will show you some slides describing features of Linux Mint while things finish up.

When complete, you’ll be prompted to reboot your PC. Click the Restart Now button, and eliminate the USB drive with the installer.

Linux Mint Installation Restart Dialog
Once the setup completes, you can reboot into your Linux Mint desktop. Aaron Peters
After the reboot, you’ll arrive on a screen where you can visit with the username and password you developed earlier.

Linux Mint Login Screen
Once you’ve restarted, log into the system with your password. Aaron Peters
Congratulations, your Linux Mint desktop is now ready to delight in!