Installation Guide

On this page you will find a full installation guide for PinguyOS 12.04 LTS. At the bottom of this page there is also a download button which allows you to download the installation guide in PDF format for use as an offline reference or to share with others.

This guide had been created in order to help new users to the PinguyOS community install PinguyOS 12.04 LTS for the first time. If after reading this article you are still having problems, please refer to the PinguyOS Forums & IRC Channel for further assistance.


Creating a PinguyOS Live DVD

The first thing to do before actually installing PinguyOS 12.04 LTS is to download the ISO and write it to a DVD. You can download the ISO file from here.

Once you have downloaded the ISO, the easiest way to get going is to create a live CD, to do this you will need a blank DVD-R disk. There are many free tools that allow you to write ISO’s to disk, if you are using Windows 7, simply insert the blank DVD-R disk into your DVD writer drive and double click on the ISO file that you have downloaded.

If you are using older versions on Windows, such as Vista or XP, then download and install CDBurnerXP to burn the ISO to disk. If you are using Linux then Brasero disk burning utility would be the recommended program.


Creating a PinguyOS Live USB

PinguyOS is based upon Ubuntu, so this means that the process of making a Live USB pen is exactly the same for PinguyOS as it is in Ubuntu. You can find links to the official Ubuntu help files below:

Windows | Apple OSX | Ubuntu


Installing PinguyOS 12.04

Now that you have your Live CD/USB, you can boot up your machine from either and select the install option at the first prompt. This will then load up the installer on your machine.

The first screen you will see during the installation process is the Language Selection screen. Simply select your country/language and click Continue.

Next you will see a list of pre-requisites and options to configure the PinguyOS 12.04 installer before it begins. This screen will also tell you if you have enough free space on your hard drive and if you are connected to the internet and a power source if you’re on a laptop or netbook.

You will also see two options, one to download updates whilst installing PinguyOS 12.04 and another to installed third party software such as audio/video CODECS. It is recommended to leave both of these boxes un-ticked as PinguyOS 12.04 already comes with the third party software pre-installed and the updates slow down the PinguyOS 12.04 installation process significantly.

Note: You will be asked to update once PinguyOS 12.04 is installed on your system.

Once you are happy that this screen is complete, click on the Continue button to progress on to the next screen.

This next screen is arguably the most important step during the process of installing PinguyOS 12.04. On this screen you are asked how you would like to install PinguyOS 12.04. If you have another Operating System like Windows already installed on your machine, you will see an option to install PinguyOS 12.04 alongside the current Operating System.

You can also erase the entire disk and install PinguyOS 12.04. This will wipe everything from your hard drive and replace it with a fresh installation of PinguyOS 12.04 so make sure you have a backup of your data if you are going to pick this option.

The final option is ‘something else’ which allows you to manually partition your drive. This option should only be selected by advanced users.

Once you have made your selection click on the Continue button to be taken to the next screen.

If you are installing PinguyOS 12.04 alongside another Operating System then you will now see a screen displaying a slider so you can select what portion of your hard drive to give to PinguyOS 12.04 – it will default to 50%.

If you are installing only PinguyOS 12.04 and using the whole hard drive then you will not see a slider, you will just be allowed to pick a hard drive from the drop down menu at the top of the screen.

Note: Be very careful when selecting which hard drive you want to install Pinguy OS 12.04 on. If you get it wrong, the installer will delete all of your data.

Once you are happy with your selection on this screen, select Install Now to begin the installation of PinguyOS 12.04.

PinguyOS 12.04 will now start being installed on your machine. You will see a few more configuration screens during the installation process, these are as follows:

Time Zone – you will be asked to pick a time zone. All you need to so is click on your country on the world map. PinguyOS 12.04 will then detect you time zone automatically.


Keyboard Layout – this is determined by the time zone you picked but it can be changed in this screen. You can test your keyboard functions in the field provided.


User setup – This screen asks you to setup you main administrative user account, password and computer name. The password will be required when carrying out any administrative tasks such as installing applications so please ensure that this password memorable.

That’s it! Pinguy OS 12.04 will now finish off the installation and you will be asked to reboot once it is complete.

Once the machine starts to reboot, you will be asked to remove your installation media (CD or USB) and press enter. This is to ensure that you don’t reboot the machine back to the PinguyOS 12.04 installer.

Once the machine reboots you will see the PinguyOS 12.04 logon screen with the user account you created during the installation process listed. Simply click on this user and enter the password you set during the installation.

Once you have logged on, you will be greeted with the default PinguyOS 12.04 desktop and the installation process is complete.

We hope you enjoy PinguyOS 12.04. If you need any more help then you can join us in our support forums or IRC chat. Links are below:

Support Forums | IRC Chat


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