Upgrade Zorin OS

Upgrade to Zorin OS 16 from a previous version, or from a free edition to Zorin OS Pro.

What you need

  • A computer capable of running Zorin OS. View System Requirements ›
  • A USB flash drive with enough capacity for your Zorin OS edition:
    • Core and Lite: 4 GB
    • Pro/Pro Lite and Education/Education Lite: 8 GB
  • An external drive or cloud storage for backup.

Download a new Zorin OS .iso file

If you haven’t already downloaded your new copy of Zorin OS, you will need to get it from our website to proceed.

Download Zorin OS

Please keep the downloaded .iso file on your computer when following the next steps.

Back up your data

Please back up the important files on your computer to an external drive or cloud storage service. After upgrading Zorin OS, you will be able to restore this data to your new installation.

View how to back up your files ›

Create a bootable USB Install Drive

You will need to write the Zorin OS .iso file to your USB flash drive using an app called balenaEtcher. The computer that you use to do this can be different from the computer you plan to install Zorin OS onto.

Download balenaEtcher

  1. Plug the USB flash drive into your computer.
  2. Double-click on the balenaEtcher download file to run the app.
    • On Linux. You may need to right-click on the downloaded balenaEtcher .zip file and select “Extract Here”. Afterward, open the newly-extracted folder and double-click on the balenaEtcher .AppImage file.
  3. Press “Flash from file” to select the downloaded Zorin OS .iso file on your computer. The file should be in your “Downloads” folder. balenaEtcher
  4. Press “Select target” and choose the correct USB flash drive in the list. balenaEtcher USB flash drive list
  5. Press “Flash!” to begin writing Zorin OS to the USB flash drive. balenaEtcher press Flash!
  6. After a few minutes, the USB flash drive will be ready for booting into Zorin OS.

Boot from the USB Install Drive

To upgrade Zorin OS, you must boot your computer from the USB Install Drive.

  1. Switch off the computer you want to install Zorin OS onto. Make sure that it’s completely powered off, and not in sleep or hibernate mode.
  2. Plug the Zorin OS USB Install Drive into the computer.
  3. Switch on the computer. Immediately at start-up, repeatedly press the designated key to open the Boot Device Menu.
    • On a PC. This key should be indicated on the screen at start-up or in your computer’s manual. If you’re unsure which key to press, it is usually either Esc, Delete, F2, F12, or another function key.
    • On a Mac. Press and hold the ⌥ Option key at start-up. If you’re using a wireless keyboard, you may need to plug in a USB keyboard instead to be able to select the boot device.
  4. At the Boot Device Menu, use the arrow keys to highlight the option which mentions “USB” or the flash drive manufacturer’s name. Press Enter to boot from the Install Drive.
    • On a Mac. Sometimes the Install Drive might be incorrectly identified as “Windows”, which is normal.
  5. Select the “Try or Install Zorin OS” option in the Zorin OS boot selection menu using the Enter key. Welcome menu
    • If your computer has an NVIDIA graphics card (produced after 2013). You can select the “Try or Install Zorin OS (modern NVIDIA drivers)” option using the keys. Press Enter to boot and install with the official NVIDIA proprietary graphics drivers.
  6. While booting, Zorin OS will check the USB Install Drive to ensure there aren’t any defects. We recommend that you do not skip this check the first time you use the USB Install Drive. It helps prevent issues while installing Zorin OS to your computer.

Prepare the drive partition

If you have multiple operating systems installed on your computer’s drive (dual boot), you must free the space which is currently reserved for your current installation of Zorin OS.

  1. Click the “Try Zorin OS” option to use the full Zorin OS desktop. Installer
  2. After reaching the Zorin OS desktop, open the Zorin Menu → System Tools → GParted.
  3. Your current installation of Zorin OS should be present on a partition with an “ext4” File System. Right-click on it and select “Delete”. Deleting ext4 partition in GParted
  4. Press theApply button at the top of the GParted window to apply these changes.
  5. After the changes have been applied, close the GParted app.

Install your new copy of Zorin OS

Complete the installation of your new copy of Zorin OS to your computer.

  1. Double click on the “Install Zorin OS” icon on the desktop.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to start the installation.
  3. When prompted by the installer, please connect to the Internet (if possible). This makes sure all necessary software gets downloaded during the installation process.
  4. You should reach a step titled “Installation type”.
    • If you have another operating system installed on your computer (dual boot). Select the “Install Zorin OS alongside [your other operating system]” option and press “Continue”. This will use the newly-created free space on the drive for your new installation of Zorin OS.
    • If you have only Zorin OS installed on your computer. Select the “Erase disk and install Zorin OS” option and press “Install Now”. Use this option to enable advanced features like disk encryption and LVM.
  5. Continue following the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  6. After the installation completes, restart the computer to boot into your installed copy of Zorin OS.

Restore your data to the new installation of Zorin OS

You may now restore the data from your previous installation of Zorin OS by either:

  • transferring the files you saved to an external drive or cloud storage service onto your new installation.
  • restoring a backup using the Backups app.

That’s it! We hope you’ll enjoy using your new copy of Zorin OS 😃️