Install Linux Mint

Boot Linux Mint Live

Now that you have Linux Mint on a USB Flash Drive (or DVD) boot the computer from it.

  1. Insert your USB stick (or DVD) into the computer.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Before your computer boots your current operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) you should see your BIOS loading screen. Check the screen or your computer’s documentation to know which key to press and instruct your computer to boot on USB (or DVD).

Install on your Hard Drive

Configure the system to boot from the USB drive

Some systems boot from the bootable USB drive automatically. However, if it does not boot automatically, you will need to go into the BIOS to tell the system to boot from it first. Restart your system and enter into BIOS mode (based on your machine, press Del, F2, F10, or F12 key to enter into BIOS mode). BIOS menu varies for different systems. In the BIOS menu, look for something like Boot menu, Boot order, or Boot device, etc. Then modify the boot sequence to boot from USB disk. Once done, reboot the system.

Install Linux Mint

Now the system will boot from the USB drive, and you will see the following screen. Select the first option and press Enter.

Now your live session of Mint will be started. On the desktop, you will see the “Install Linux Mint” CD icon. Click on it to start installing Linux Mint on your system.

Following installation wizard will appear. Choose your preferred language and click the Continue button.

Now select the keyboard layout and click the Continue button.

If you have an internet connection, you can install multimedia codecs right now. Check the box Install multimedia codecs and click the Continue button.

Next, in the Installation type window, select the Erase disk and install Linux Mint radio button. It will erase the entire disk, and all your files or programs will be deleted from the disk. Then click the Install Now button.

Now a dialog will appear asking if you want to write the changes to the disks. Click the Continue button.

Select the location and click the Continue button.

Now provide the user login details. In the first field, provide your name. Based on this name, the system will automatically suggest the computer’s name and a username. You can also change these names based on your preferences. Then enter a password and confirm it by re-entering it.

You can choose to Log in automatically; however, with this option, anyone else can easily log in to your system and access files and data.

If you want to protect the system, you should enable the password on login by selecting the Require my password to log in. With this option selected, you can also encrypt your Home folder by checking the Encrypt my home folder box.

Once you are done with the login configurations, click the Continue button.

Now the installation of Linux Mint will be started, and you will have to wait for a while for the installation to finish.

Once the installation is finished, you will see the dialog Installation Complete. Click the Restart Now button to apply the changes you have configured in previous steps. Also, remove the bootable USB drive from your system.

After the system is restarted, you will see the Welcome window.

That is all there is to it! In this article, we have explained how to install Linux Mint from a USB drive. I hope it is helpful for you.