How to Install Your Distro

The installation method is extremely easy actually. All you need to do is find the website that features your distro of choice. From there, there should be a place to download it. It will begin to download as an .iso file. Once this is done, you just need to write it to a disk or flash drive. There are many free programs out there to help you do just that, but the simplest one by far is Etcher. Once you download it, just open it up.

From here on, it is pretty self explanatory. Just click on Select Image to select your .iso file you downloaded.
Now, click Select Drive to select your flash drive or CD to store the .iso on.
Lastly, click Flash! to write the .iso to your selected drive or CD.

And now you are done! Almost.

Windows 10 has a built in feature that inadvertently prohibits you from booting your computer into the distro you have chosen. However, it is simple to disable. Just reboot your computer with your install media still connected, and press one of the following keys as it begins to boot back up. (If nothing happens the first time you press the key, don’t worry. Just keep pressing it until something does happen).

Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, and Acer – F2

Asus – F10

HP – either F1 or F10. It just depends on the model.

This should have brought you into your BIOS. No matter what computer you have, there should be an option to Disable Secure Boot somewhere in there. All secure boot does is keep Windows secure from the threat of something other than it booting along with you when you start your computer. Since we actually want this to happen, we must disable it. Now that that is done, simply exit your BIOS. There should be a button labeled something like “Save and Exit”. Click that. Your computer should begin to restart itself. As it restarts, will need to perform one more trick since we want to place your USB or disk to be the device used to boot up your computer. Thus, in the same manner you entered the BIOS earlier, you must press one of the following keys to select your boot options.

Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, and Acer – F12

Asus – ESC

HP – F9

This should bring up a simple list, or menu, of things your computer can boot from. You will want to use the Up and Down arrows to move from one option to another. What you are looking for is your USB or CD that you stored your distro on.  Once you find it, simply press Enter to boot from it. Now the hard part is done!

An installer should automatically start after you finish booting into your distro. Just follow the instructions within and you will be all ready to enjoy Linux!


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