Install Zorin OS

How to install Zorin OS 16

Zorin OS 16 is the latest "Long Term Support" release of Zorin Linux (Official Release Date August 17th 2021). Zorin OS is based on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS version. Zorin OS is ideal for users who have transitioned over to Linux from Windows as it has a desktop which closely resembles that of the Windows desktop. Included within this release of Zorin OS 16 you will get as standard the Firefox Web Browser, RhythmBox Music Player and Manager, a Full Office Suite (Libre Office Version 7), PitiVi Video editor. The popular email client Evolution is also included as default. To download and install Zorin OS 16 Linux Operating system, simply follow the instructional guide below.

Installing Zorin OS 16

To try Zorin OS 16, simply click on the link below and follow the Download Instructions: Download Zorin OS 16

Once you have downloaded your chosen "iso" image of Zorin OS, you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this, you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software already installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Zorin to your Media, you will need to place your DVD disc into the DVD drive of the target system and reboot your system. As your computer system reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your system's BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can now reboot your system and follow the installation guide below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the downloaded "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software. If you are installing onto a computer that does not have an optical drive (CD/DVD), then you will need to copy the "iso" image to a USB stick and choose the option to boot from USB device. For instructions on how to make a bootable USB device, follow the link:

Making a bootable USB device for Zorin: Create USB Bootable Device

Welcome Screen

Once your system has booted, you will be greeted with a welcome screen similar to the one below. At this screen you have the option of "Try Zorin OS" or "Install Zorin OS". If you choose the option of "Try Zorin OS", you can try Zorin OS without installing anything to your systems hard drive. This option is very useful as it allows you to test your wifi settings and try out the operating system before committing to an installation. To "Install Zorin OS" Linux on to your hard drive, choose the option "Install Zorin OS". On the left of the screen you are given an option of selecting the Language that is to be used throughout your installation. In the example below "English" has been chosen.

Zorin OS Welcome Screen

Keyboard Layout

At this screen you can select your keyboard settings and layout. In the example below I have chosen the keyboard layout "English (UK)". You can also try your keyboard settings by typing into the text box area provided. Once you have made your selection, click "Continue".

Zorin OS Keyboard Layout

Updates and Other Software

The following screen now has two Installation types to choose from. You may choose "Download Updates" to install all available updates for the standard packages and software that come with this release of Zorin. You can also install third-party software for graphics, wi-fi hardware and any additional media formats that are available. In the example below, I have chosen both of these options. A third option is also available which asks if you would like to participate in a census that allows developers to count the number of Zorin users anonymously. Once you have made your selections, click "Continue".

Zorin install Updates

Installation Type

At this screen several installation options are available to choose from. In the example below, I am installing to an empty disk with no other operating systems or data present. If you have another operating system present, Zorin should find this and give you additional options regarding installing this new system along side the existing system. In this particular example I have chosen the option of "Erase disk and install Zorin OS".

Zorin OS Installation Type

Write the changes to disk

Before you can continue with your installation, you will have to confirm you are happy with the changes that are going to be made to your disk(s). Click "Continue" or use the option "Go Back" to make any amendments to your previous selections.

Zorin OS Write changes to disk

Where are you?

From this screen you must choose your geographical location. If you have an active "Internet" connection, your location should be found automatically for you. This location setting will also be used for your system's time zone settings. If your location was not automatically found, or you wish to change the currently displayed location, simply type your new location into the search box provided.

Zorin OS Where are you?

Who are you?

The following screen requires you to create a user on your system and provide a name (hostname) to identify your computer on your network. You will be asked to provide a user name and password. It is advisable to Select the option "require my password to login" as extra security (this is the default option). Once you have made your choices, click on "Continue".

Zorin OS Who are you?

Installing Zorin OS 16

This next phase is the actual installation of your new Operating System. As the software is installed, progress is indicated along the bottom of the screen. No further action is required at this stage of the installation process.

Zorin OS Installation Progress Screen

Installation Complete

Congratulations, your Zorin OS 16 installation is now complete. You will now need to restart your computer to use your new installation. Please remove any installation media from your drives. Click "Restart Now" to start using your new system.

Zorin OS Installation Complete

Zorin OS 16 Login Screen

Once your system has started, you should see a login screen similar to the one shown below. At this screen you must click on the user you created and enter the password you created in the previous steps.

Zorin OS 16 Login Screen

Welcome to Zorin OS 16

At this screen you have the option of connecting any existing accounts from popular resources. You can also view a guided tour of the new Zorin OS and some of its features.

Zorin OS 16 Welcome Screen

Zorin OS 16 Desktop

Welcome to your new Zorin OS desktop. All your applications and system tools can be accessed from start button located in the lower left hand corner of the screen. You may also use the search box to find specific applications that you have installed.

Zorin OS 16 Desktop