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 12.4 Lite 64-bit c7ee0dc5cb3de2fbd156f245a091ffe04737fa1533199d3d1be00535a5f452bd
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite 32-bit cb92d3a6dcd3700235c0543c081befcd17ef13f6a10bc88410a4d0f38da7e8c1
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite Ultimate 64-bit 0730e554af981c7fb10c4c66441893ca317084ab9d48591f0ece1e548aaead77
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite Ultimate 32-bit 4c208d94844dd18180ce92dacc4ac0b55822fb4ca66257517567dd815e50738a
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite Business 64-bit e28235bcbcc665801751d0b1327b23eac7dcf6c7bac4b3ecf14b0db21118be0b
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite Business 32-bit c136bfedb15b3801a489390dc4a13e825dadf5d3b9dc01ef709bc0fd0ede3278
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite Education 64-bit f278d63de1bd63b6c765337f74903887ed1e4d49bd5f22ffd0d3c7ed271dcfbb
Zorin OS 12.4 Lite Education 32-bit f6627b1869ffbff192101dc988babcf58f3d0b3d3c8dc8c8747acb7b2c103473

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.