Upgrade Zorin OS

You will need…


A computer capable of running Zorin OS. View system requirements

USB drive

A USB flash 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 15.2 Core 64-bit d670d51d500f9de3d6222446d52714ff13638f371a44ba3a860701020f3434ba
Zorin OS 15.2 Lite 64-bit 4f4ef2a9c54e9b9b958a821968d7ae0ea6193dd99131bb160c057d352fc6bed6
Zorin OS 15.2 Lite 32-bit f68254c7c854c76be6a4a56c4710748d604046669d52adc4a25f27d668372455
Zorin OS 15.2 Ultimate 64-bit 537ca322134ac2197044e90363a71347454d120b02f0e91e6eb455e753606062
Zorin OS 15.2 Ultimate Lite 64-bit 1a0cdc8b90f73a20d288a8c74b3aaa708d8f2803168b4c9b00c10bb8609f332c
Zorin OS 15.2 Ultimate Lite 32-bit fcd25b487fc5075d6430001e941a51c11c5b3d3d87535917fb90c4a6c2e6b634
Zorin OS 15.2 Education 64-bit 19614b2e656f988cb7f83396e0d937df9ab26c0473060b0b20cad10601f32bd4
Zorin OS 15.2 Education Lite 64-bit df57ebe81e749f5373f1feb0ef05bff5d4545d26796bebef8a55f6faf2b66d52
Zorin OS 15.2 Education Lite 32-bit 65eba1560a97e305ff6631fa8df0313e2c06424b53e7bb0672041ce8a6a29ac0

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

  1. Insert the USB flash 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 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 440 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.