Upgrade

Upgrade Zorin OS

You will need…

Computer

A computer capable of running Zorin OS. View system requirements

USB flash drive

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

Backup

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 15.3 Core 64-bit 307d0244433e6d2a64ba790f2164b791886f52643346c2c0f85daaaddc0f7891
Zorin OS 15.3 Lite 64-bit def3e85f4a0d2769bdd614c63be9d4ac9ca23355b55653e35e68625a214df847
Zorin OS 15.3 Lite 32-bit 95e4159ebb5b532932ade79cd0c439235e726dc30c8a00036820b7a96ee2f865
Zorin OS 15.3 Ultimate 64-bit d41370e264f7ee712c8293df8f46bda129ffe1da019032d610d029256cf4e018
Zorin OS 15.3 Ultimate Lite 64-bit 35ad451b9be71ac7e2f5a4d580171a4a5a030c594bfa94a80f81f29f3b63702d
Zorin OS 15.3 Ultimate Lite 32-bit 1042edc905dba25a4060966ef79b45dfa8466adc16ab8a1024dd2915ec6cb5f2
Zorin OS 15.3 Education 64-bit 171d488a613559a6d4152f73212b0a37f764bbb7b962dfe8d96e96d57f42ac5d
Zorin OS 15.3 Education Lite 64-bit a4d9153c3c0c7b15ff00d5ffd7c6d11aed88a6d90c971822dc9f1ef7b450346f
Zorin OS 15.3 Education Lite 32-bit 0192fccb564238113070ffb0e095559ad0c29b67951d070ed5fd6bd8412ef92b

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 flash drive and an app called balenaEtcher.

Download balenaEtcher

Creating the Install Drive will erase all contents on the USB flash drive. We would recommend you to use an empty USB flash drive or back up the contents of your USB flash drive before following the steps below.

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into your computer.
  2. Open balenaEtcher and press "Flash from file" to choose your downloaded Zorin OS ".iso" file. balenaEtcher
  3. Press "Select target" and choose the correct USB flash drive from the list. balenaEtcher USB drive list
  4. Press "Flash!" to begin writing Zorin OS to the USB flash drive. balenaEtcher press Flash!
  5. After a few minutes, the USB flash 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 Device Menu. If you are unsure which key to press, it is usually either Esc, Delete, F12, or another function key. From the Boot Device 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 450 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.