Install Zorin OS

Download Zorin OS

If you haven't already downloaded your copy of Zorin OS, you will need to get it from the Download page to proceed. It is recommended to download Zorin OS using the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox, without any third-party download managers in order to avoid file corruption.

We would recommend you to check the System Requirements to make sure you're installing the right edition of Zorin OS for your computer.

Back Up your Data

Make sure to back up your important data and files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. Installing a new operating system might overwrite your data.

Verify your Download

It is an important, but optional step to verify that your copy of Zorin OS has been downloaded fully and correctly. By verifying that the checksum of your downloaded file matches the correct one, you can be sure that your copy of Zorin OS is not corrupted.

You will need an app called "QuickHash" to verify the checksum.

  1. Open the file browser to find the downloaded .zip file beginning with "QuickHash" in the Downloads folder.
  2. Extract the contents of this .zip file and open its folder.
  3. Double click on the appropriate executable file to open the app.
    • On Windows or Linux:
      Open the executable with "x64" in its name if your computer is 64 bit compatible.
      Otherwise, open the executable with "x86" in its name.
  4. Navigate to the "Files" tab and select the radio button titled "SHA256" in the "Hash Algorithm" pane on the left.
  5. Click "Select File" and navigate to your Downloads folder to select your copy of Zorin OS. The verification should begin automatically. Please note that this process may take a few minutes.
  6. Once complete, the checksum should appear in the box underneath the file name.

If the generated checksum matches the one for your download file of Zorin OS, you may proceed to the next step.

Zorin OS 12.1 Ultimate 64 bit41a30c2b0e843aa53449005b6f42cdbb0bb40a6cca6e2aff2d3454223386b922
Zorin OS 12.1 Ultimate 32 bit6a22ee42ee21446beddeeec864afdc6b7a4a081f6e752746a53dfdf05d14da9b
Zorin OS 12.1 Business 64 bit2bf31bf6b4f4b0f3638b60bf753ba3645988023a9f7e1a524a1f78ff2b5c0ce7
Zorin OS 12.1 Business 32 bitee6be6868da0ab6604c21bcfd2ddb9a6d8a64570c2842d359bf6ac0ddc1ce396
Zorin OS 12.1 Core 64 bit4247f31806b6507e6bc68b0bb4c42673d673523d8877df14a3964cbbd6fde7a7
Zorin OS 12.1 Core 32 bit2d44b076b3d88f9a60b94f036dd7d79d072f00a0c35d6648bfd2042feb679912
Zorin OS 12.1 Education 64 bit44e59bae7b15f707d96126d4a2dc61aeff250bac7ed15b2182e02ac48a952e81
Zorin OS 12.1 Education 32 bit15c344967ed2c4746964c1e7619cf98721d4d04726e00695ab216385179118b2

If the generated checksum does not match the correct one above, your file has likely been corrupted during the download process. Please try downloading your copy of Zorin OS again.

Create an Install Drive

To create an install drive of Zorin OS, you will need a USB drive and an app called "Etcher".

  • Zorin OS 12 Ultimate
    You will need a USB drive with a capacity of at least 8 GB.
  • Zorin OS 12 Business or Education
    You will need a USB drive with a capacity of at least 3 GB.
  • Zorin OS 12 Core
    You will need a USB drive with a capacity of at least 2 GB.
Download Etcher
  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer.
  2. Open Etcher and press "Select image" to your downloaded Zorin OS ".iso" file. Etcher
  3. Etcher should automatically select your USB drive, but make sure that it has selected the correct drive.
  4. Press "Flash!" to begin writing Zorin OS to the USB drive. Etcher press Flash!
  5. After a few minutes, the USB drive will be ready for booting into Zorin OS. Etcher flash complete

Boot from the Install Drive

In order to install Zorin OS, you must boot your computer from the USB install drive.

  1. Make sure that the written USB install drive is plugged into your computer.
  2. Switch the computer on.
    • On a PC:
      Immediately upon startup, press the indicated key repeatedly to open the Boot Menu. If you are unsure about which key to press, it is usually either Esc, F12 or another function key. From the Boot Menu, select the option with "USB" in its title to boot the install drive.
    • On a Mac:
      After you hear the startup chime, press and hold the Option key. Now, select the USB install drive as the boot drive. Sometimes the install drive might be incorrectly identified as "Windows", which is normal.
  3. After a moment, you should see the Zorin OS welcome screen. You may choose to start installing Zorin OS directly or try Zorin OS before starting the installation.

Install your New Copy of Zorin OS

Complete the installation of your new copy of Zorin OS.

  1. Connect to the Internet (if possible) in order to make sure all necessary software is downloaded during the installation process.
  2. Double click on the desktop icon titled "Install Zorin OS" and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. You should reach a step titled "Installation type".
    • If you want to keep your current operating system installed alongside Zorin OS:
      Select the "Install Zorin alongside [your other operating system]" option and press "Next" to choose how much space to allocate to Zorin OS.
    • If you only want to have Zorin OS installed on your computer:
      Select the "Erase disk and install Zorin" option and press "Install Now".
  4. Continue following the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.