Upgrade Zorin OS

You will need…


A computer capable of running Zorin OS. View system requirements

USB drive

A USB drive with enough capacity for your Zorin OS copy:


An external hard drive or cloud storage for backup. (optional)

Download your new copy of Zorin OS.

If you haven't already downloaded your new copy of Zorin OS, you will need to get it from the Download page to proceed.

It's recommended to download Zorin OS using the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome without any third-party download managers. This helps avoid corrupting the file.

ISO sha256 checksum
Zorin OS 15 Ultimate 64-bit 8c0e36422e05011a6543464260b8a093d3a3e8fabaa1d33fbcfdf67b1e859bd6
Zorin OS 15 Core 64-bit 22682b9d5d3af92156cf9815838921fa99f5143eef272ccbbc4959b65ae3e095
Zorin OS 15 Education 64-bit 9de123f49cac1e3819aa327f38efb83e1f0b38c18458c994e64d17702cfcc571
Zorin OS 15 Lite 64-bit a7ef60154637109ef884ad961a88348c93afe9ca94a3c82b2d82593ba45f6930
Zorin OS 15 Lite 32-bit 1e3457bccaa9cfc7a24382ec2facf30242541433927d7ea99fc1412d3f2d7586
Zorin OS 15 Ultimate Lite 64-bit 9d8913db5cb1c34de4f675cd3b290f33c49baa88fc03cca9404d623df962d49f
Zorin OS 15 Ultimate Lite 32-bit 3c3ad61d93a42eda57c70c3a128ef843da221ac332ce2cbcca2634d3720adce0
Zorin OS 15 Education Lite 64-bit e84116f6e5545ab79eb25622c439efd40a84628f3b6df1cda217651f743b9b6e
Zorin OS 15 Education Lite 32-bit 45593fceb9da88d0a2fb79b7bda5bf65cf9a4a614f9dd32627ebd8ec1d7fb791

Back up your data.

Please back up your important data and files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. After upgrading Zorin OS, you will be able to copy this data to your new installation.

Create an Install Drive.

To create an Install Drive of Zorin OS, you will need your USB drive and an app called balenaEtcher.

Download balenaEtcher

  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer.
  2. Open balenaEtcher and press "Select image" to choose your downloaded Zorin OS ".iso" file. balenaEtcher
  3. balenaEtcher should automatically select your USB drive, but please make sure that it has selected the correct drive.
  4. Press "Flash!" to begin writing Zorin OS to the USB drive. balenaEtcher press Flash!
  5. After a few minutes, the USB drive will be ready for booting into Zorin OS.

Boot from the Install Drive.

In order to upgrade 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 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 from the Install Drive.
    • On a Mac. Immediately upon startup, 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. You should now see the Zorin OS welcome menu. Please use the keys to select "Check installation medium for defects" and press Enter to verify that your USB Install Drive is ready to use. Welcome menu
  4. After running the check, select the "Try or Install Zorin OS" option from the Zorin OS welcome menu.
    • If you have a modern NVIDIA graphics card. You can select the "Try or Install Zorin OS (modern NVIDIA drivers) " in order to boot and install with the official NVIDIA proprietary graphics drivers.
      Note: The NVIDIA version 418 proprietary drivers are used.

Prepare your Hard Drive Partition

To upgrade your Zorin OS installation, you must free the space on your hard drive which is currently reserved for your current installation of Zorin OS.

  1. Please click the "Try Zorin OS" option in order to use the full Zorin OS desktop and partition the hard drive correctly. Installer
  2. As soon as you reach the new Zorin OS desktop, open the partitioning app by clicking on the Zorin Menu and going to "System Tools" > "GParted".
  3. In the partition list, right-click on the "linux-swap" partition and select "Swapoff".
  4. Right-click again on the "linux-swap" partition and select "Delete".
  5. Your current installation of Zorin OS should be present on an "ext4" partition. Right click on it and select to "Delete" it as well.
  6. Press the button at the top of the app to apply these changes.
  7. After the changes have been applied, please close the GParted app.

Install your New Copy of Zorin OS.

Complete the installation of your new copy of Zorin OS.

  1. Double click on the "Install Zorin OS 15" icon on the desktop and follow the on-screen instructions to start the installation.
  2. When prompted, please connect to the Internet (if possible) in order to make sure all necessary software is downloaded during the installation process.
  3. You should reach a step titled "Installation type".
    • If you have another operating system installed on your computer (dual boot). Select the "Install Zorin alongside [your other operating system] " option and press "Next" to use the newly-created free space on the hard drive for the new installation of Zorin OS.
    • If you only 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.

Copy your data to the new installation of Zorin OS.

After restarting into your new installation of Zorin OS, you may now copy the data from your previous installation of Zorin OS. Transfer the files you saved to your external hard drive or cloud storage service onto your new installation.