It is recommended that you always verify the Linux Mint image files that you have downloaded to your Windows 10 computer. Because, if you use an incorrect ISO file, you will encounter system errors or installation errors.
How to Verify Linux Mint Image Files for Errors
To install Linux Mint on a virtual machine in Windows 10, you must first download the installation image file (ISO). After you download Linux Mint ISO to your computer, the first thing you need to do is to match the ISO file with the SHA-256 value.
So what is this SHA-256 Hash?
To verify the integrity of files on computers, the hash values of MD5, SHA-1, and SHA-256 Checksum are generated. The hash value of a file cannot be the same as the value of another file. Therefore, the SHA Checksum value of a file belongs to itself.
If you’re wondering why MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-265 Hash values are used to validate a file, let’s explain it with a small example.
For example, when you want to download a Windows 10 installation image file, you will see many resources on Google. When you download the Windows 10 image file from any site, this file may not be an original file provided by Microsoft.
When you are not using an original installation file, you may encounter system errors, system conflicts, and a variety of problems.
Click on the “sha256sum.txt” option to verify the Linux Mint operating system.
After opening the “Sha256sum.txt” file, check the hash value of the system version. As you can see in the picture below, its SHA-256 Checksum value; bb4b3ad584f2fec1d91ad60fe57ad4044e5c0934a5e3d229da129c9513862eb0.
The great program you need to download to verify the Linux ISO is the MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility.
Download MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility by clicking the Download Now button.
The Download button will redirect you to an external website. Click on the Download Now button again on this page.
After downloading the MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility, run the program as an administrator.
Copy its hash value and paste it into the HASH part in the MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility program.
Now click the Browse button to select the Linux Mint image you want to verify.
Select the Linux Mint ISO file and click the Open button.
The MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility program will soon scan the file and display the results as shown in the image below.
Click the Verify button to complete the Mint’s file integrity verification.
You have successfully completed the steps to check the Mint ISO for errors using the MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility on Windows 10. When you examine the image below, you can see that the Linux Mint image file hash values match.
How to Check SHA256 Checksum Value of Linux Mint ⇒ Video
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