Zorin OS is an Linux-based distro which is regarded as one of the best OS for new Linux users. This is a super smart Linux-based OS that allows you to pick the look and feel. For instance, if you like the look and feel of Windows 7, simply select the Windows 7 theme, if you like macOS then pick the macOS theme. This quick guide shows how to use Rufus to create a bootable Zorin OS USB flash drive. To install Zorin OS, you need to have following things ready.
- USB Flash Drive
- Zorin OS ISO
- Rufus or Win32 Disk Imager
When you are ready, follow the steps below.
- First of all, you have to download the Zorin OS ISO file. You can download this directly from their official website. There are two versions available on the download page. Version 9 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 which was supported until 2019 while 10 is more recent. It's totally up to you to pick whatever work best for you. Whever you select, the process for creating the bootable USB flash drive is the same.
- Secondly, you have to download Rufus or Win32 Disk Imager and install it on your PC.
- Start Rufus by clicking on the desktop icon. Then, plug the USB drive in to your computer and wait till Rufus recognize it. Make sure the drive letter is the same as the one for your USB flash drive.
- Click on the "Browse" button and select the previously downloaded Zorin OS ISO file. Then, to start the process click on the "Start" button. This can take a few minutes to complete. Once the process is completed, Rufus will display a message.
If you are dual booting, to be able to boot Zorin on a machine running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 you must turn off fast booting. To do this follow the following steps.
- Right-click the "Start" button.
- Select "Power Options".
- Click on "Choose what the power buttons do".
- Finally, scroll down and make sure "Turn on fast startup" is not checked and you are good to go.
If you're running Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC upgraded from Windows 8 or a new Windows 10 computer, you may have to change your BIOS settings. You can see the desktop of Zorin OS in the image below.
That is it. Just keep the USB flash drive plugged in your computer and restart it. The Zorin OS must now boot. There was a time when I used to swear by UNetbootin to make a USB flash drive but I have found this tool hit and miss lately and it's not needed anymore. This is because, when compared to UNetbootin, Win32 Disk Imager and Rufus are much faster.