How to Install Linux Mint 19.1/2 Step by Step

Like other Linux distributions, Linux Mint allows you to test the system before installation. If you want to install it on your computer, you can start the installation immediately.

How to Install Linux Mint

How to Install Linux Mint on a Desktop or Laptop Computer

Before starting the installation, you must download the ISO image file from the official site. When you visit its website to download the ISO file, you will see that there are 3 different versions.

These versions include;

  • Cinnamon : The most advanced and full-featured desktop pc environment
  • MATE : A more stable and faster desktop environment
  • Xfce : The lightest and most stable desktop environment

The most used and preferred Mint desktop environment is the Cinnamon desktop environment. In addition, a common feature of other versions is, of course, the Kernel.

The current version of Linux Mint is 19.2 Tina. This version has both 32-Bit and 64-Bit architecture and will also support until 2023.

Linux Mint 19.1 Features

The main enhancements of this release are Cinnamon 4.0, Linux Kernel 4.15, and Ubuntu 18.04 package base. This release also has many new features and enhancements. The main features are;

  • Cinnamon 4.0
  • Nemo
  • Software Manager
  • Software Resources
  • Input Methods
  • XApps Enhancements
  • Xed
  • LibXApp
  • Artwork Improvements

Linux Mint 19.2 Features

This version basically has Cinnamon 4.2, Kernel 4.15 and Ubuntu 18.04 package base. Other features are;

  • Update Manager
  • Software Manager
  • “Adding Missing Keys” scans your repositories and PPAs and downloads any keys that may be missing.
  • “Remove duplicate resources” finds and corrects duplicate definitions in your resources configuration.
  • System reports
  • Scrollbar settings
  • Pinning files
  • File sharing
  • XApps enhancements
  • System improvements: Added “Boot-Repair” to the installation ISO images. It can fix most boot configuration problems.
  • Artwork improvements

Click here for more detailed features and improvements.

In our previous articles, we installed Linux Mint using VMware and VirtualBox virtualization programs.

In this article, we will examine how to setup and configure the Mint system on a desktop or laptop.

How to Install Linux Mint 19.2

To install a clean Linux Mint on a PC, first, download the ISO file from here.

After downloading the ISO file, make sure to verify Linux ISO. Because an incorrect ISO file will cause errors.

Follow the steps below to install Mint step by step.

   Step 1

To download the ISO, click the Download section after viewing the Mint website and then select the current version you want to download.

To start the download process, you can select the server closest to you from the links in the Download Mirrors section.

ISO File Download

   Step 2

After downloading the image file to your computer, prepare a Bootable USB memory using the Rufus program. After printing the ISO file to the USB memory, insert the USB memory into your computer.

Locate the Boot Device setting in your computer’s BIOS settings and save your settings after selecting your USB stick as the first boot device.

Burning Mint ISO to USB with Rufus

   Step 3

After your computer restarts, you will see the Boot screen as follows. In the following image, press the Enter key to quickly go to the Boot menu.

Mint Boot Screen

   Step 4

Welcome to Linux Mint On the Cinnamon 64-bit screen, press the Enter key on the Start Linux Mint option.

Start Mint

   Step 5

Wait while the system starts up …

Opening System

   Step 6

Once the system is turned on, you can either test it or start the installation immediately. Double-click Install Linux Mint to start the installation.

Install Mint

   Step 7

Select the Linux system language you want to use and click Continue.

Selecting the System Language

   Step 8

Select the keyboard layout and language you want to use in the Keyboard Layout window, then click Continue.

Configuring the Keyboard Layout

   Step 9

The cinnamon desktop environment includes many multimedia tools. If you want to download and install 3rd party software, select Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3, and other media, and then click Continue.

Installing 3rd Party Applications

   Step 10

To install a clean Mint on your computer, select Erase Disk and Install Mint.

What is Encrypt the new Mint installation for security?

Answer: If you select this option and continue the installation, you will encrypt the entire disk for security. If you want to continue with this option, you need to set a strong password that you can remember. If you are a newcomer to Linux, please note that this option may cause problems with some NVIDIA drivers.

Erase Disk and Install Mint

   Step 11

Click Continue to allow changes to the disk.

Approve Changes to Disk

   Step 12

Continue by selecting the region where you live.

Where are you?

   Step 13

After creating your user name and password for your system, type your computer name as well. Click Continue to continue the installation steps.

Creating a New User Account for Linux

   Step 14

Wait while configuring the Mint system. This process will take approximately 10 minutes, depending on your computer’s specifications.

Copying Files

   Step 15

After the installation is complete, click Restart Now to restart your computer.

Restart Now

   Step 16

After your PC restarts, if you see a warning like an image below, remove your USB installation media and press Enter.

Eject Installation Media

   Step 17

Opening the Mint system …

Starting System

   Step 18

After the installation completed smoothly, you will see the welcome screen below on the desktop.

Welcome to Mint

   Step 19

You can check the version of the system you have installed by opening System Info.

System Information

How to Run Linux Mint on a Virtual PC ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to install it on a virtual machine on your computer and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

   Final Word


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