How can I install Linux from an .iso file?

John December 2, 2010
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I have downloaded an .iso file of a Linux distro. How do I install it
onto my computer?

  1. jason oladiji
    December 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    the best thing todo is to download a deamon tool, after that run the deamon tool, use it to find the iso file and mount it, once thats done the deamon tool will mount the iso and make ur pc recognize it as a dvd or BD disk.
    p.s once all thats done once u go to my computer u would see file in the dvd drive.

  2. siboii
    December 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

    burn it on dvd or cd
    better use ubuntu

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  3. Tina
    December 3, 2010 at 1:57 am

    John,

    the .iso file is an image or archive file that was made from a disk, e.g. a CD or DVD. Check out the Wikipedia article for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_image

    You can use a CD/DVD burner to create a CD or DVD from the .iso file you downloaded. You must burn a CD image, don't just burn the file onto the CD. You would also have to set your BIOS to boot from CD if one is available. Do you know how to do that?

    That said, I'm not experienced with Linux, so I don't know the exact steps involved and whether it's enough to just create a bootable CD from that .iso file. However, here are two an articles that explain how you ca install Linux from your hard drive, i.e. without wasting a CD:
    http://www.instantfundas.com/2007/08/install-any-linux-distro-directly-from.html
    http://www.howtoforge.com/install-linux-without-burning-an-iso-to-cd-dvd-use-the-iso-downloaded-to-your-hard-drive

    Let us know if you need more help!

    • jhpot
      December 3, 2010 at 2:42 am

      Tina's right: it's a virtual CD. All you need to do is burn it, then boot from it. Depending on your distro, you'll then see instructions for installing it. How difficult this is can vary, so let me know if you have any problems.

      The easiest way to install Ubuntu, from Windows, without burning a CD, is Wubi:
      http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/windows-installer

      If you'd like to install from a USB disk instead of a CD, check out uNetBootin:
      http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/install-linux-with-ease-using-unetbootin/
      (finding that article is how I found MakeUseOf for the first time.)

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      Good Stuff