A Step by Step Guide to Installing Fedora Linux

How to install Fedora Linux on any PC

To install Fedora Linux on any PC, you must first create a bootable Fedora Linux USB drive. If you know how to install Fedora Linux on Windows 10, you can dual boot both operating systems.

These instructions apply to Fedora Linux version 31.

What You Need to Install Fedora Linux

The recommended requirements for installing Fedora are as follows:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of hard disk space

After creating a bootable Fedora drive, restart your computer and boot from the USB device to launch a live version of Fedora. If you have another operating system already installed, you may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS. If your computer uses UEFI, you must also disable Windows Fast Startup.

If you plan to install Fedora alongside Windows or another OS, you should create a recovery drive with Macrium Reflect or use another software backup tool in case something goes wrong.

How to Install Fedora Linux

You can start using the live version of Fedora right away, but you must install the OS to save any changes to your hard drive.

You must be connected to the internet to complete the installation. Select the down arrow in the top right corner of the desktop to view your connections.

  1. Select Install to Hard Drive at the Fedora startup screen.

    Fedora startup screen with Install to Hard Drive highlighted
  2. Choose your language and select Continue.

    Fedora showing available languages with Continue highlighted
  3. Select Time & Date on the Installation Summary screen.

    Time & Date highlighted in Fedora installation
  4. Choose your time zone on the map and then select Done to return to the Installation Summary screen.

    Fedora Installation Time & Date screen with Done highlighted
  5. Select Installation Destination.

    Installation Destination highlighted in Fedora Installation screen
  6. Choose your hard drive under Local Standard Disk and select Automatic under Storage Configuration. Then select Done to return to the Installation Summary screen.

    Local Standard Disk and Automatic highlighted in Fedora Intallation
  7. If your hard drive has another operating system installed, you may receive a message stating that there isn't enough free space. Select Reclaim Space to shrink or delete existing hard drive partitions.

    Deleting hard drive partitions removes any other operating systems you have installed on the computer.

    Reclaim Space highlighted makes room on the hard drive for Fedora
  8. Select Begin Installation.

    Begin Installation highlighted on Fedora Installation screen

    Fedora should automatically detect your keyboard layout, but you can select Keyboard on the Installation Summary screen to add new layouts.

  9. Select Finish Installation when the process is complete.

    Finish Installation highlighted on Fedora screen
  10. If your computer doesn't automatically restart, select the down-arrow in the top-right corner of the desktop and select the Power button.

    Fedora with the power button highlighted
  11. Select Restart.

    The Restart button in Fedora
  12. Remove the USB drive as your computer reboots.

The first time Fedora boots, you are required to create a username and password. Next, you must go through the Gnome desktop environment setup screens. You have the option to connect to your various online accounts such as Google and Facebook.