Installing Linux Mint 17.2 KDE Edition


Bill Giannikos


In this guide we will be providing a easy set of instructions for installing Linux Mint 17.2 on your computer. This guide already assumes you have prepared your computer for Linux or alternatively have followed the guides for VMware or VirtualBox.

Installation Guide

Booting from the CD

The Linux Mint DVD will now boot and present you with this desktop. Double click the Install Linux Mint icon.

After the installer finishes loading you will be presented with the above screen. Select your preferred language and press Continue.

On this screen the installer checks if you have enough hard drive space available for an installation of Linux Mint and whether you have an active internet connection.

While an internet connection is not required it is recommended so Linux Mint can install some needed updates. If you are using a wireless connection you can configure the wireless using the network manager on the bottom right of the screen. Just select the network manager, select the wireless network you would like to connect to and then when asked enter the wireless key.

Once everything is in order click Continue.

This section allows you to allocate how much hard drive space you will like to give to Linux. In this example we will be allocating all of the drive space to Linux, however if you are dual booting with Windows (or some other OS) you will have the option of resizing Windows to make room for Linux or to install Linux on any free space currently available. Once you have selected the option appropriate for you click Install Now. It will then display a summary on what will occur with regards to your hard drive configuration. You can make any changes to the configuration you like, such as selecting a different hard drive to install to.

If on the previous screen you chose to install side by side with Windows, you will also be presented with an option to resize the windows installation. You can change the Windows size to leave as much room for Linux as you need.

If you are happy with the details click Install Now.

This screen allows you to set the region and timezone you are in. Select the appropriate options and press Continue.

In this screen you can select which type of keyboard you have. Change the selected keyboard here if Linux Mint has not selected the correct one. You can also test if you have selected the correct keyboard by using the test box. After selecting your keyboard press Continue.

This screen allows you to personalize your installation. First enter your name in the top text box, you will notice that both the username and the name of the computer are filled in automatically, however these can be changed to any name you wish. Also enter the password you would like to use (and enter it a second time for verification).

If you are not worried about the security of your system you can also select the Log in automatically option which will bypass the login prompt when the computer starts.

The Encrypt my home folder option may be selected if you would like to have your home folder encrypted. This is a useful option for systems which have sensitive information because if your computer is stolen the contents of your home folder will not be able to be read without your password. Please note that there is a small performance penalty when this option is selected.

After you have completed this section press Continue.

The installation of Linux Mint 17.2 KDE will now commence. The rest of the process is automatic and will take about 10 minutes.

After the installation is complete press the Restart Now button and your computer will restart. During this process your installation CD will be ejected from the drive, remove the disc from the drive and press enter to confirm you have done so.

Installing the latest Linux Mint 17.2 updates

Installation is almost complete but there is one very important step before being able to use Linux Mint and that is to install all the required security updates.

If you didn't select the “Log in automatically” option earlier, log into your computer with the username and password you selected. Next ensure that you have a working internet connection.

In a few moments you should see the update manager indicate that there are updates available like in the example above. Click on the update manager.

You will be asked for your password, enter it and select OK.

Linux Mint will only show a single update to begin with, this is an update to the update manager itself. To begin the update process click on the Install Updates button. After the first update, the update manager will reload and show a list of further updates, click on the Install Updates button again. The full update will now commence.

When this is complete you will be asked to restart your computer, do this to complete the update procedure.


Your Linux Mint 17.2 KDE Edition system is now fully installed and up to date. For further guides in configuring certain parts of Linux Mint please view our Linux Mint Guides section.


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