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How to install an image (.iso or .img) file

January 25, 2010 by webmaster

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At, we have provided you a list of software to meet your nonprofit needs. And, we strive to transfer the knowledge that we have so every nonprofit can independently operate systems such as a website, operating system, server, et cetera. The above video is the most difficult step once you get there. Thanks to justinq03 for the video!

One of the most important posts that we would like to share from a nonprofit to nonprofits is installing a free operating system on donated computers. Typically, a donated computer will come with an obsolete system or without an office suite to open even a Word document. By learning how to install Xubuntu or Sugar on a Stick for kids in a less developed school, you will be able to cut the software costs out of your budget and relocate those funds to other materials for kids ;)

Without further ado, how to install an .iso or .img file on a personal computer :)

First, go to a website such as Xubuntu or Sugar on a Stick. On their site, you will find a downloadable file such as a .iso or a .img file. This file will be really large (around 700 Mb), so if you know someone who has this file already, it may be advisable to get a disk from a friend or nonprofit that you know. If you have a broadband connection, you should be fine downloading the file. In some cases, you can download as a .torrent file but we can discuss that in another thread if a nonprofit would like to learn about .torrents.

Once the file is downloaded, you will need to burn the image (.iso or .img) file to a disc or put it on a USB stick. To do this, you will need a CD/DVD burning application such as ImgBurn. (note: If you're using windows, ImgBurn is a free solution and most windows come with Roxio which can be used as well. If you're using Linux, usually the OS will come with a burning application for free) Next, open your CD/DVD burning application and find the equivalent command to "write image file to disc". When you select this action, you will be directed to select the image file (.iso or .img) on your desktop and next, you will select the destination (ie CD/DVD drive or USB drive). Click "continue", "start", "next" or other phrase depending on your application, and the image file will be burned to the CD/DVD or USB drive.

Now for the nontechnical nonprofits, if you got this far you're doing awesome ;) The tricky part is next and can be difficult depending on the system you are using.

You will need to reboot your computer now, and configure how the system starts up. Make sure the CD/DVD with the image file is still in your computer or the USB drive is attached to your computer. Now, reboot and watch for a "setup" button. On most systems, this is an "F2" button located above the "2" on your keyboard. When you see the "F2 = Setup" or equivalent on your system, hit the button and get into your system startup.

We know these steps may be difficult for some nonprofits, so please contact us if you have problems ;) If you miss the "setup" button, just restart and try to catch it the next time.

Basically once you're in the boot setup, you will need to configure the startup to boot off the CD/DVD or USB. You can adjust this in the "boot sequence" and/or "boot device menu" depending on your system. Now, you will need to restart your system again and hopefully, it will start with Xubuntu, Sugar on a Stick or another installer that you have chosen.

Follow the instructions and you have a new, free operating system :D

We hope this helps someone... Good Luck!

The iGetcha Team :)


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