I have a Macbook pro that no longer runs OS X, I have Zorin 12 on it. I am trying to figure out how to install elementary on my Macbook. From elementary's website, I have 3 options to choose from my current operating system: Windows (download Rufus and make a Install Drive on a USB) Mac OS, and Ubuntu.

Since my Zorin OS is meant for Windows I tried to go the Rufus option, downloading its newest version 3.5. When I opened it (after downloading) it says "Unsupported Windows version, This version of Windows is no longer supported by Rufus".

I have already made up the elementary OS 5.0 Juno DVD. But following the instructions on their website isn't getting me anywhere because I do NOT have a Bootable USB drive. I have also tried other options to Rufus- like Pendrivelinux, but thats only seeming to frustrate me, too because I am not very tech saavy.

Does anyone know what to do or send me a link for a from anyone who has changed from Zorin OS to elementary OS -- and preferably with a Macbook?


  • Zorin OS is from the Linux family, you can follow the instructions for Ubuntu from the site I think. First download the elementary OS from the elementary.io and while verifying your download using that command from the installation page, remember to run that command where you downloaded file is stored. Let me know what you find.
    – Hasan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 21:24
  • A bootable USB is an USB device that you can use to install operating systems. You need to create one before installing an OS.
    – Hasan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 21:33
  • And please help me understand what do you mean by, "I have already made up the Elementary OS 5.0 Juno DVD"? If you have a elementary OS DVD, you can install the OS using it. You don't need to create another bootable media.
    – Hasan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 21:35
  • Response #1 of more.hey Hasan, I paid and downloaded E OS. the Verify download did not resemble what Elem has on their website. there was no *Sha256sum elementaryos-5.0-stable.20181016.iso and likewise, there was no Output repsonse like whats on Elem website. I did check it however and it gave me a report back that "File Integrity check was succefully and there seems to be no corrupt files on disk". UNetbootin downloaded but i dont have anything "Diskimage" that will open it. making me have to go find a way to open a bin.file. by creating a CUE file and then trying to put that in the bin.file
    – adam
    Apr 20, 2019 at 15:52
  • thats where i am at now but not really being able to put that CUE file into the UNetbootin binary file. i can ususally figure things out, but ive been at this quite a while and making little progress. i might just take this to an IT person and they can probably do in 10mins what would take me all day. however, im very stubborn. ill take a break and come back to it. if that doesnt work, ill take it to someone who knows computers.
    – adam
    Apr 20, 2019 at 15:57

2 Answers 2


I think you basically want to install elementary OS replacing Zorin OS. Please follow the instructions bellow,

  1. At first please download elementary OS from the official website. If you have downloaded already please go to next step.
  2. After that please open the Zorin Menu and go to "Utilities" > "Terminal" and change directory to where you download files is by cd <path to your dir>. For example if you have that file in "Downloads" folder than you should execute cd Downloads.
  3. Now please execute the command sha256sum elementaryos-5.0-stable.20181016.iso to verify the download. You will have exact output as shown in the elementary OS website which is, a8c7b8c54aeb0889bb3245356ffcd95b77e9835ffb5ac56376a3b627c3e1950f.
  4. After that you need to install UNetbootin. To install execute these commands in the terminal one after one, you can also follow other instructions provided in this page. If you have installed already you can skip this step.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unetbootin
  5. At this point please follow steps of using UNetbootbin from elementary.io website. Which goes as follows,
  • Open UNetbootin from the Dash. It will open a window like the one below:
  • Select "Diskimage"
  • Click "…" to select the ISO that you downloaded previously.
  • Unplug all USB memory devices apart from the one you want to use.
  • Click "OK" and wait for the process to finish.

Booting from the Install Drive In order to start the installation process, you must boot your computer from the install drive.

  • Assuming that your computer is still on, start by inserting your install drive and restarting your computer.
  • Most computers will briefly allow you to change the boot order for this boot only by pressing a special key — usually F12, but sometimes ESC or another function key. Refer to the screen or your computer's documentation to be sure.
  • Press F12 (or the appropriate key) and select the install drive—usually "USB-HDD" or something containing the word "USB", but the wording may vary. If you choose the incorrect drive, your computer will likely continue to boot as normal. Just restart your computer and pick a different drive in that menu.
  • Shortly after selecting the appropriate boot drive, you should be presented with the elementary OS splash screen. You may now follow the on-screen instructions which will guide you through the rest of the process.

Hope it helps.

  • 1st off, thanks for your help. secondly, please talk and go real slow. step 2 is already confusing me. i have opened Zorin menu and went to Terminal. now, nothing i can type or paste there gets me anywhere or anything i can understand. How exactly do i change the directory?
    – adam
    Apr 20, 2019 at 17:17
  • ok, progress. hold up, i'm on to step 4 atm.
    – adam
    Apr 20, 2019 at 17:30
  • alright, i have done all 5 of your steps. went back to Elementary steps on their page and installed UNetbootin. when i open UNetbootin it doesn't look anything like the pic it says it should. instead i get two windows that open, one right behide the other. the front one's header reads: RESTORE DISK IMAGE. and me the Image To Restore, the Image Size, and its Destination. NOW, the 2nd window behind it has the spec's for my whole hard drive. SO, is it wanting me to choose this whole hard drive to copy to, thus erasing my hard drive and Zorin and to then REPLACE it with E OS on my hard drive?
    – adam
    Apr 20, 2019 at 17:58
  • After installing and opening UNetbootin, can you please send a screenshot of what you see?
    – Cog
    Apr 20, 2019 at 18:15
  • yes, but i am out of time for now. ill try and post back tonight/tomorrow. thanks
    – adam
    Apr 20, 2019 at 19:05

this worked for me and many outer users. Please follow the instructions. https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/how-install-linux-on-mac-3637265/

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