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Before install HandyLinux, take time to test in live session to verify your material compatibility.

Install HandyLinux

note : This page requires that you already owns HandyLinux on a CD, DVD or USB. To obtain a copy HandyLinux, visit this page.

This page details the HandyLinux installation:

  • single-boot : HandyLinux will be the only operating system on your machine
  • multi-boot : HandyLinux will be installed next to another GNU/Linux or Windows™
  • special case in single-boot with preservation of windows's datas but without the windows system, visit the dedicated page: installation with data preservation.

HandyLinux automatically manages your Hard Drive, but if you want organize your hard drive before install, you can use GParted from HandyLinux-live and follow documentation for manual partitioning

BIOS configuration

Insert your HandyLinux DVD or your HandyLinux USB key, then restart.
Before launching your system, press F2 or F12 (or “del”) key, depends on your machine, to access BIOS configuration or startup list (a little menu witch allow to choose directly on which device the machine will boot).

  • the boot menu : it offers you the choices to start your computer on Hard Disk, CD/DVD, USB stick or Network Boot). Simply select the correct media (CD/DVD or USB) then [Enter].
  • the BIOS setup screen : contains several tabs to configure your machine. Choose “boot” tab and ensure the adequate support is first in the list. If this is not the case, select the CD/DVD or USB then press F5 or F6 to touch it up or down the list items input.

Once startup configured, press [Esc] key: a menu offers you different choices “save and quit” or “save then start”, select the entry that keeps your settings by pressing the indicated key.

Install HandyLinux in single-boot

“single-boot” installation process uses the whole space of your hard drive :
HandyLinux installation will delete all datas on your hard drive, backup your personal datas if needed.
If you want to keep another system on your machine, follow the multi-boot process.

1 – When you start handylinux from a DVD or a USB key, choose “Install Handylinux” from the home menu :
handylinux start menu
Then you have to configure your language, country and keyboard :

2 – The installation begins with the detection of equipment. You have nothing to do until the selection of the name of your computer and the new user :
material detection
host name choice
user name

3 – Then enter your username (the name you use to log on to your system) :
login used to connect

4 – And your password (two times to confirm) :

5 – Then starts detecting hard drives and partitioning phase. If you are new, I recommend the “assisted partitioning” which will automatically use all of your disk. If you want to preserve a data partition or use multiple operating systems, select “manuel” and follow the procedure described in Chapter multi-boot :
partitioning scheme

6 – The installer asks you to select the hard disk where to install HandyLinux :
choice of internal disk

7 – Check screen partitions will appear, giving you the chance to change the partitioning :
vérification des partitions

8 – The last screen before the partition of the selected disk. WARNING !! after this step, the data on the disk will be erased !!
If you want to continue the installation, click “Yes” then “Continue” :
partitionig confirmation

9 – If you have confirmed the previous step, partitioning is applied and the system is installed on the hard drive :

10 – The package management. You have nothing to do :
package management

11 – Installing GRUB (which is automatic if HandyLinux is the only operating system) :
GRUB installation

12 – A short message tells you about the end of the process, then the end of the installation with the establishment of users, passwords, and the script of post-installation :
end of the installation

13 – Once the installation is complete, your computer will automatically reboot into your new system HandyLinux and the GRUB screen appears :
reboot and GRUB

14 – HandyLinux is launched and you get to the login screen managed by SLIM. Enter your username and password :

15 – And go for your adventure on GNU/Linux! :
Welcome to HandyLinux

Install HandyLinux in multi-boot

The multi-boot installation allows you to have multiple operating systems on your computer.
You can install HandyLinux next to another GNU/Linux or Windows ™ system.

Multiboot with windows8 is dangerous due to the system “secure boot”, the UEFI bios. The typical installation makes both systems inaccessible.
If windows8 is installed, please visit the forum before starting the handylinux installation.

WARNING : installing in dual-boot and partition resizing pose a risk to your data.
Take care to make a backup.

For a dual-boot with windows, consider defragmenting your hard drive from the utility windows to be able to resize your partition to maximum.

Multi-boot installation starts the same way as single-boot for steps 1 to 4.
Note: In this example, we will perform a dual-boot installation with WindowXP ™.

5 – When choosing the partitioning scheme (step 5), select “Manual” :
manual partitioning

6 – Your available hard drives will be listed. Select the partition you want to resize to release an installation location for HandyLinux then click “Continue” :
select the partition to resize

7 – The following screen shows the possible actions on this partition. Select “Resize Partition” and click “Continue” :
action to perform: Resize

8 – Confirmation screen is displayed :
resizing confirmation

9 – It then proceeds to resizing. HandyLinux requires minimum 3.7 GB to install. Here, we will release 12.2 GB, changing the existing partition of 32.2 GB to 20 GB. : partition size

10 – Once the resizing applied, select the newly created free space to install HandyLinux in :
sélection de l'espace libre

11 – Choose “Assisted Partition…” to create the necessary partitions :
automatic partitioning of free space

12 – The new partition table is displayed, you just have to “continue” :
vérification des partitions

13 – A confirmation screen appears :
confirmation of partitioning

14 – Once confirmed, partitioning is applied and the system is installed on the disk, as in step 9 of single-boot :

15 – Apt configuration, as single-boot, nothing to do :
gestion des paquets

16 – GRUB installation :
GRUB installation

17 – A screen confirms the detection of another operating system. You can install GRUB to the boot sector. The GRUB menu will offer you the boot choice after installing :
GRUB confirmation

18 – It ends the installation with the establishment of users, passwords, and the script of post-installation :
fin de l'installation fin de l'installation

19 – Once the installation is complete, your computer will automatically reboot and GRUB offers HandyLinux + your other system … make the right choice… :
reboot and GRUB

20 – HandyLinux is launched. Enter your username and password as in step 14 of single-boot :

21 – And go for your adventure on GNU/Linux ! :
Welcome to HandyLinux

Bonus: data from your other system can be accessed from the icon-link on your desktop. Double-click the icon to mount the file system, your password will be requested, you will have access to your data :
data access

Install WIFI

If you are installing HandyLinux from an only WIFI equipped office, the installation process is exactly the same because the network detection is disabled during installation. Your wireless network will be available after installation from the network manager “gnome-network-manager” connection. More information on wifi dedicated page.

Particular partitioning

HandyLinux installs in single or dual boot without any problems, but you may need a different partitioning scheme than that proposed by the Debian installer :

  • You want to separate your “/home” ?
  • You want to add a data partition in windows (fat32) Format ?
  • You want to install more than two systems on your machine ?
  • You want to prepare your hard drive before installing ?

For these cases and others, I suggest you visit the dedicated page GParted, Partition Manager.

Now you can help by visiting HandyLinux french forum (english friendly :) ).

handylinux_installation.txt · Last modified: 2014/08/19 19:54 by arpinux