Upgrade Zorin OS
Upgrade Zorin OS from a previous version, or from a free edition to Zorin OS Pro.
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You can directly upgrade your existing installation of Zorin OS in-place with the Upgrade Zorin OS app. This means you should keep your existing files, apps, and settings after the upgrade is complete.
1. Back up your data
To avoid data loss, please back up the important files on your computer to an external drive or cloud storage service.
2. Install the latest software updates
Your system should be up-to-date before starting the upgrade. To ensure this, open the Zorin Menu → System Tools → Software Updater and follow the on-screen instructions.
Please restart your computer before continuing with the upgrade process if prompted by the Software Updater.
3. Start the upgrade
Open the Zorin Menu → System Tools → Upgrade Zorin OS.
After checking for upgrades, select your desired upgrade option.NoteUpgrades from Zorin OS 16 Lite & Education to Zorin OS 17 will be enabled in the coming weeks. To get notified when these upgrade options will be available, subscribe to our newsletter.
If you’re upgrading to Zorin OS Pro, you’ll need to enter the details of your purchase. You can find your support code…
- on the download page shown immediately after purchasing your copy of Zorin OS Pro; or
- in the email with your download link for Zorin OS Pro. If you previously deleted or lost it, you can request a new copy of this email ›
If you haven’t purchased a copy of Zorin OS Pro yet, press the “Skip” button in the top-right corner of the app window and follow the on-screen instructions.
Please wait while the Upgrader checks whether your system meets the upgrade requirements. This step may take a few minutes.
Carefully read the following notice to ensure the upgrade will be successful. If you’re ready to proceed, press the “Upgrade” button in the top-right corner of the app window.WarningThe upgrade may fail if you previously modified the operating system's core components. This is more likely to occur if you're attempting to upgrade between major versions (such as Zorin OS 16 → 17) and you performed one or more of the following actions in the past:
- added third-party software repositories to your system
- manually edited system files
- executed unofficial scripts/commands
Please wait while the upgrade completes. This process may take a long time, depending on your Internet speed.
After the upgrade completes, please restart your computer to apply the changes if prompted.
That’s it! We hope you’ll enjoy using your upgraded installation of Zorin OS 😃️