Monday, November 12, 2012

1.4 - Installation

Once you have created a live DVD of Zorin OS 6 core, it is time to install the operating system on your computer's hard drive. Installing Zorin OS 6 is relatively easy if selecting a simple configuration whether you are completing a brand new installation or installing Zorin with an existing operating system already installed on your computer. However, this process can be more complex if you decide to resize or partition your computer's hard drive which the more experienced Linux user is more likely to do.

Let's start out with the simple configuration first. While running the live DVD, click the “Install Zorin OS” icon located on the desktop. (see fig. 1)

fig. 1 -- Zorin OS 6 Desktop

A small window will appear in the middle of the screen titled “Install” and “Welcome”. You are prompted to select the language you wish to install for your new Zorin OS 6 installation. Select your preferred language and click the Continue button. (see fig. 2)

fig. 2 -- Select language

In preparing to install Zorin, the installer suggests your computer has at least 7.7 GB available of drive space and is connected to the Internet for best results. If your computer is not currently connected to the Internet, it is still possible to install Zorin. Click the Continue button to go to the next step. (see fig. 3)

fig. 3 -- Preparing to Install Zorin for best results

At this point of the installation process, you are asked how do you want to install Zorin on your computer. There are three possible options which include the following:

Option #1: Install Zorin alongside them.
If the installer detects there is an existing operating system already installed on your computer's hard drive, you have the option to install Zorin OS as a second operating system for your computer. In selecting this option, this will create a dual-boot system that allows the user to select which operating system to use as you turn on your computer for the first time.

Option #2: Erase disk and install Zorin.
By selecting this option, you are telling the installer to format your computer's hard drive and install Zorin OS as the only operating system on your computer. Make sure you have backed up any important files or have a system backup available if you decide to revert back to your old system before you select this option.

Option #3: Something else.
This option is for the more experienced Linux user by having the ability to resize and partition your computer's hard drive before installing Zorin OS.

(see fig. 4)

fig. 4 -- Installation type

“Where are you?” At this point of the installation process, you are being asked what city you live in. Select a city that is closest to you (if not listed) and in the same time zone. This will set the computer's clock to the appropriate time. (see fig. 5)

fig. 5 -- "Where are you?"
Setting the computer's clock

Next, you are prompted to select your Keyboard Layout. Select the appropriate choice or click the Detect Keyboard Layout. Click the Continue button. (see fig. 6)

fig. 6 -- Selecting Keyboard Layout

“Who are you?” This is where you create your user name and password for your computer. Fill in the appropriate boxes accordingly. You also need to select if you want to log in automatically or require a password to be entered during log in. If you want your home folder encrypted, place a mark in the box; otherwise leave it blank. (see fig. 7)

fig. 7 -- "Who are you?"
Creating your user name and password

If all goes well during the installation process, the last window you will see will be “Installation Complete”. Congratulations! You have just installed Zorin OS 6 Core on your computer. You can click the Continue Testing button or Restart Now button to end the installation process. (see fig. 8)

fig. 8 -- Installation Complete


  1. Mine. is stuck at 'preparing to install zorin' and has been for 3 hours what do I do?