I would like to see a full how-to on installing the latest stable version of elementary OS.

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Note that the majority of this information is already covered in the elementary installation guide that appears when you download.

Click all images to view a bigger version.

Step 1 - Downloading

First, download the file - it will be a .iso from elementary.io.

If you know you have a newer computer with a 64-bit processor, choose the 64-bit version.

If your computer is older or you do not know which type of processor your computer has, choose the 32-bit version. (64-bit processors will still be able to run this version).

Step 2 - Writing to the bootable media.

When it has finished downloading, you need to either write it to a DVD or a USB. Only use a USB if you are sure your BIOS (the first screen you see when you boot) supports it.

For booting with a USB (recommended):

Download and install Unetbootin and open it up. It will look like this:

Click the radio button next to Diskimage and then click the ... button to navigate to the .iso file you just downloaded.

insert the USB - make sure it is the only USB plugged in. Then select it from the Drive dropdown:

For me the USB I want to use is /dev/sdd1. Now click OK. It will go through the 4 steps:

You can either click Reboot Now or Exit at this point.

For booting with a CD (not recommended):

Burning from Windows

Windows 7/8/8.1

Right-click on an ISO image and choose “Burn disc image”.

Select a drive and press "Burn".

If you check “Verify disc after burning”, it will verify that the ISO image has been burned correctly

Burning from Mac OS X

Launch Disk Utility (Applications → Utilities → Disk Utility).

Insert your blank CD/DVD.

Drag and drop your .iso file to the left pane in Disk Utility. Now both the blank disc and the .iso should be listed.

Select the .iso file, and click on the Burn button in the tool bar.

Ensure that the "Verify burned data" check box is ticked (you may need to click on the disclosure triangle to see the check box).

Click on Burn. The data will be burned and verified.

Burning from Ubuntu

Right click on the .iso file and click "Write to Disc". Click Burn.


Step 3 - Booting

Insert the DVD or USB and restart.

Booting on a PC

As your computer boots up, press the button to access the BIOS:

Change the order to have either DVD or USB - depending on which you used, and then save and exit the BIOS.

Booting on a Mac:

After you hear the chime, press and hold Option. Then, select the appropriate boot drive. Note that it may be incorrectly identified as "Windows", but this is normal.

It will then boot to a screen like this:

Step 4 - Installing

Select Install elementary.

Confirm you have that is needed (6.5 GB disk space and internet connection).

I'd advise not to download updates (it slows down the install), but I would suggest the third-party software so you can place MP3s and such like and click continue.

Chose which install method you want - to install along side your current OS or to wipe it. You can also manually change the partitions by clicking something else.

Chose your location (this will set your time).

Now chose your keyboard - you can auto detect it if you want, this will auto select it.

Next chose your name, computer name, username and password:

Then click continue and it will install it:

This can take a long time - 30 minutes or more sometimes. Be patient, and don't power off the computer. It's recommended to keep a laptop plugged in for the duration of the install process.

Step 5 - Use elementary OS

Finally, when it is installed it will ask you to reboot.

When it boots up, go into the BIOS again and change the boot order back to your Hard Drive first. It should boot pretty quickly:

And then you can login and start using it!

It is likely that you will have a lot of downloads to install, and when they have finished it will request a restart. Do this as soon as possible as they could include security updates.

Any more questions? Feel free to click Ask Question in the Top Right corner.

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    @Tim that's ok but your explaining looked like encouraging. If people are decided it to download it without paying even $1, they'll either find a way to do it or ask how it's done (here or at Google+). If the latter occurs, then we explain how, and we also explain why it is important albeit not mandatory to give as much as you can or think it's fair, even if it's a little.
    – Gabriel
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 22:43

While simply linking is discouraged, in this instance there is a large, official installation guide that covers many options and will be kept up to date there.


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