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Before Getting Started

Before installing Ubuntu GNOME, you need to do a very important step:

Back up your data and system!
You can always use the manual approach to copy your important files that you care about to another media, an external HDD for example.

If you are in doubt, contact the community.


Once your personal files have been backed up, you can confidently move forward with download and then install.


Please Note:
if you are trying to install Ubuntu GNOME on modern machine which has Windows 8 pre-installed and/or you are sure it has Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), please have a read at Installing Ubuntu in EFI mode. Also, please be informed that you need to use Ubuntu GNOME 64-bit ISO in this case.


The first action you'll want to take is to enter into your BIOS. If you've never done this before, it can be achieved by pushing F2 Key or DEL Key or F10 Key while your computer is turning on. Lenovo has a special button to enter the bios that looks like an arrow with a curve in it. This may take a few tries, but one of the buttons will work.

Once you're in the BIOS, poke around a bit using the arrow keys to navigate, and the enter key to "click". Spend a little time looking around and search for things you don't understand.

The real thing you're looking for is the Boot Order. Before the install, you will need to change this so that your CD drive or USB drive is the first device to boot from.

Creating Installation Media

There are several ways to install Ubuntu GNOME, and each has its advantages. USB is faster than DVD. Either way should work provided your system supports booting from a USB drive if you follow these directions exactly. If either of these methods doesn't work, Please Contact Us!.

You need to create or borrow an Ubuntu GNOME DVD or USB-stick. Once you have an Ubuntu DVD or USB it should work as an installer and as a LiveDVD or LiveUSB.

Creating a LiveDVD

Prerequisites for installation with a LiveDVD are:

  • A blank DVD-R or DVD-RW Note: you cannot use a CD, because they are not big enough.

  • A computer that supports booting from a DVD. Most do, unless they don't have a DVD drive.

HOWTO Create a LiveCD/LiveDVD
Please Read: Burning ISO

Once you have burned the disc and changed your boot order (as described in BIOS), just put the disc in your drive, and reboot. Follow the guide of your choice from Final Install to complete the installation.

To create a LiveUsb

Prerequisites for installation with a LiveUSB are:

  • A computer that supports booting from a USB (Check your bios).
  • A USB drive of 2GB or more.
  • Your preferred Download of Ubuntu GNOME.

HOWTO Create a LiveUSB on Windows
Please Use: UNetBootin

HOWTO Create a LiveUSB on Mac OSX
Please Read: HowTo install Ubuntu on MacBook using USB flash drive
Please Read: This Ubuntu Forum thread

Once you have created the LiveUSB and changed your boot order (as described in BIOS), just put the disc in your drive, and reboot. Follow the guide of your choice from Final Install to complete the installation.

For more information, please have a read at: Installing from USB.

Final Install

Cross-grading from Ubuntu To Ubuntu GNOME

First, you install the Ubuntu GNOME desktop, and enable GDM.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop^
  • dpkg will prompt asking which display manager you want to use, select 'gdm'

Optionally, you can remove unneeded packages from Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-default-settings

sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-desktop

sudo apt-get autoremove

Basic or Auto Installation

This could be the easiest and shortest installation type. However, you should note that this will wipe any other system installed on the machine you are installing Ubuntu GNOME on.

Automatic Installation Details - Please Read: Basic Installation of Ubuntu GNOME

Side by Side

This is the ideal type of install for the user who wants to be able to switch between Ubuntu GNOME and their existing OS at startup.

Side by Side Installation Details - Please Read: Side by Side Installation of Ubuntu GNOME

Manual Installation

This is the most customizable type of installation. It gives you more control over the installation process but a basic knowledge of Ubuntu Partitioning is required - also see HOWTO use Manual Partitioning during Installation. It is not a rocket science, yet you need to proceed with caution. In another word, you need to know what you're doing. There are lots of information on the internet (videos, HOWTOs, articles, etc).

Manual Installation Details - Please Read: Manual Installation of Ubuntu GNOME

Accessibility Options

To install with accessibility options enabled, press F5 after you select your language and pick the options that you require. To use the speech installer, press CTRL + S after the disc has loaded. This will also enable GNOME screen reader on the installed system. Once your system is installed, the accessibility features can be re-enabled via the System Settings, in case you disable them by mistake.

For more information, see Accessibility

After Install

Refer to our HowTo section for ideas about what to do next.

UbuntuGNOME/Installation (last edited 2015-12-14 21:08:47 by 200-90-252-22)