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How do install Linux after i have downloaded it


I Just downloaded Linux Mint to a folder on my desktop, and tried putting it on cd to boot off, but to no avail it is not working.. Is there something im doing wrong?? Or is there an easy tip on how to do this...


  • amnesiavivace
    make sure you are able to boot from CD. Check your bios settings so you can boot from CD.
  • amnesiavivace
    Did you burn the disk as an ISO?
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    You must use a program that can burn ISO images to disk. An ISO image is a container that holds the entire directory structure for a disk, you must use an ISO butner program otherwise you will have just burned a data file to a disk which is not bootable.

    Once the ISO is properly burned to a disk you need to change your boot options in BIOS to boot from the CD or DVD and boot from the chosen medium, once it is booted you will see the appropriate installation options.
  • beansoup
    if you already have the ISO burned to your CD, verify it to make sure it is an exact, bit by bit copy of the original file. then insert the cd (or live USB) into your computer and turn it off. restart the computer, and when it starts booting up, press the button (specified on the screen) that says either "interupt boot" or "change boot settings", and change the boot device to your CD/USB.

    Once the CD boots, follow the onscreen directions to set up your distro of linux

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