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In my mind there are four major steps in the installation procedure of any distribution.

  1. get an iso or an usb to boot from
  2. clean install of your operating system
  3. installing all needed software
  4. customize the system

1. Boot from iso or usb

You can download the iso from the Linux Mint website and then burn it on a cd or a usb. Usb’s can be easily rewritten and are cheap these days. You do not need more than 4GB usb.
Some older pc’s can not boot from usb but I have learned it also depends on the usb. So try another one before giving up. Booting from USB is done automatically if you are lucky. Otherwise you will need to find the keyboard shortcut for your hardware on the net or on the (black) bootscreen. I would try out F2, escape and F8 and see you can boot from usb or change the boot order so you can boot from usb.

If you are already on Linux Mint you can use the mintstick application. It has never failed me with over 50+ distro’s to burn the iso to an usb.

If you are on Windows, I would like to point you to this article.

If you are on Mac, I would like to point you to this article.

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2. Clean install of Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon

I never mix operating systems on one harddisk or SSD anymore. It is not worth the trouble (on a desktop). With the SSD prices being so affordable, I switch from one operating system to another by unplugging and switching the SSD.

So no dual boot information here. Only two recommendations grub-customizer and bootrepair are applications that have helped me when I had troubles booting. Both are on my github.

First up is a clean install of our system. I made a tutorial about VirtualBox to show you what I do to install Linux Mint which is actually following the standard options and suggestions. If you have installed Linux Mint before, there will be no surprises.

We will use the scripts from this github to install Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon.


3. Install all needed software, icons, themes,cursors, …

After the first reboot, make sure you pull out the usb when the screen asks for it. You will see strange messages on your screen if you pull it out earlier. They will not be an issue. Just hard reboot.

I would suggest to first update your system and reboot if the updater asks for it. Then install the latest kernel. This can be vice-versa as you can see in the movie.

I follow the scripts from github There is also a Linux Mint 18 github.


4. Customize Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon

Now that all software, icons, themes, cursors are installed. Let us customize them.

  • Arc Themes
  • Mint-Y themes
  • Sardi Icons
  • Sardi Extra icons
  • Plank and plank themes
  • Aureola conky
  • Variety
  • Breeze cursor



I realize this installation can seem like a blackbox where things are happening beyond your control.

I can only recommend to try to read the scripts and learn scripting. Installing operating systems are no longer a drag or time-consuming for me.

In the overview article  you will find that there are 102 tutorials for Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon that still apply to Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon. I urge you to see these for more detailed information of any of the topics or check the menu of this website or use the search.

If you have Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and wonder how to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon, check out this article.