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I always tend to use a clean install whether it be on Linux, Windows or Mac.

But what if Linux Mint gives you the possibility to upgrade from one version to a higher version via a process so simple a child could do it.

Would you do it?

Go to your update manager and wait until you see the updates for these packages. Then you can start upgrading.

Apply the updates and look for this menu.

I have recorded my steps of upgrading on one of my systems. The video is mute.


Now we reboot and check the system again.


Upgrading Linux Mint is walk through the park and done in a jiffy.

Additional info copy/pasted from Linux Mint Blog.

  • Although Linux Mint 18.1 features a newer kernel, this upgrade does not change the kernel on your behalf. This is a decision only you should take.
  • Your grub menu won’t be automatically updated on your behalf. After you rebooted the computer, you can trigger that update with the following command: “sudo update-grub”.
  • It is recommended to disable the screensaver before upgrading. If the screensaver activates during the upgrade and you’re unable to log back in, switch to console with CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session.


For your information I did NOT disable the screensaver. But then again I am not using any screensaver on my system.