Zorin OS Core

Installing Zorin OS Core

Zorin OS 9 Core

Zorin OS is a multi functional Linux Operating System designed for newcomers to Linux. Zorin OS is based on the highly popular Ubuntu Linux Operating system. Zorin OS features a unique Look Changer program that allows you to change the way Zorin Looks. Using this unique program, you can make Zorin look like Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Ubuntu Unity, Mac OS X or even GNOME 2. Zorin comes as standard with the Firefox Web browser, Rythmbox Music Manager, Libre Office suite, Shotwell Photo Manager, GIMP (Imaging Manipulation Software), Thunderbird Mail client. Zorin also includes WINE and PlayOnLinux which allow you to use Microsoft Windows software within Zorin OS. Zorin OS is available in either a 32bit or 64 bit mode. Zorin OS is also available in an Educational build ideally suited for use within schools and colleges.

Installing Zorin OS 9 CORE

Zorin OS 9 Core edition and Education editions can be downloaded from the link below. Simply choose Core or Educational and select either 32bit or 64bit.

Download Zorin OS 9

Once you have downloaded your chosen "iso" image that matches your systems architecture (32bit/64bit), you will then need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can burn an iso image, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box above. Your computer probably already has CD/DVD burning software such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Zorin OS to a DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system (assuming this is the intended machine for installation). As your 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 the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the Instruction guide below.

Welcome Screen

From the Welcome Screen you have the options of trying out Zorin before installing. If you choose the "Try Zorin" option, you can try Zorin without installing anything to your computer. To install Zorin to your hard disk, choose the "Install Zorin" option. Also from this screen you can specify the language you wish to use throughout the installation. In this example English has been selected. You may also click on the link to read the release notes.

Zorin OS 9 Core Welcome Screen

Preparing to Install Zorin

At this screen you are reminded of the minimum space requirements for this installation. You will also need a connection to the internet. From this screen you can also choose to download updates during the installation. In this example I have not chosen this option.

Preparing to Install Zorin OS 9 Core Edition

Installation Type

From this screen you must choose your installation options. In this example, I am installing to an empty disk with no other operating systems present. If another another operating system is found, Zorin should find this and give you further options. In this example I have chosen the option "Erase Disk and install Zorin". If you need to manually partition your disk, then you can choose the "Something else" option. Once you are happy with your selections, click on the "Install Now" button.

Select Zorin Installation Type

Where are you?

From this screen your current location is selected automatically. You can change this if this is not the correct location by typing your location into the search box below. This location setting will be used for your system time zone settings.

Zorin Select your Location

Keyboard Layout

At this screen you must select your keyboard settings/layout. In this example I have chosen "English (UK)". You can also test your keyboard settings by typing into the test area provided.

Zorin Keyboard Layout Settings

Who are you?

From this screen you need to create a new user, supply a password and give your computer a name (hostname). Select the option for "require my password to login" as extra security (default option).

Zorin Who are you

Welcome to Zorin OS

The next phase is the installation of your operating system. Here your user accounts, time zone settings and various packages are installed along with the GRUB 2 bootloader. You will also see a quick slide presentation of some of the new features and software that come with this edition of Zorin OS.

Installation Complete

Congratulations, your Zorin installation has now completed successfully. You will need to restart your computer. Please remove any installation media from your drive.

Zorin OS Installation Complete

Zorin OS Login Screen

You should now see a login screen where you must enter the account details that you created in an earlier step of the installation.

Zorin OS 9 Core Login Screen

Zorin OS Desktop

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Zorin OS 9 Core. You can change the look and feel of the Zorin desktop simply by clicking on the "Zorin Menu" button in the lower left hand corner and select system tools. Under this heading you can choose "Zorin Look Changer".

Zorin Desktop

Zorin Look Changer

The Zorin Look changer allows you to style your desktop around a Windows 7 layout, Windows XP layout or the classical GNOME 2 style. Simply click on the style of your choice.

Zorin Look Changer