Windows Users

Run any of the Windows Flavours (XP, Vista, 7 or 8) and want to give SnowBird a try but don't know where to start? Try one of the options below:

1) Run SnowBird Linux directly from the disc. Download the latest version and burn it to a dvd using your favourite buring tool. In case you need a free disc burner, download CDBurnerXP. Keep the disc in the drive and restart your computer to boot from SnowBird Linux without modifying your computer. If your PC does not boot from the disc, google is your friend! Search how to trigger the boot menu on the net as the key combination varies depending on the manufacturer. Common keys include F8, F10 or the Esc key.


2) Create a bootable SnowBird Linux USB drive. This is a great way to show your geek skills to friends by creating a bootable drive that can run on any modern computer and is also useful as a rescue disk for Windows in case you experience any of the dreaded blue/black screens and need to access your data. Download, install and run (right click and run as administrator) the live-usb creator, click on browse to locate the SnowBird disc you downloaded and click on Create Live USB. Keep the drive plugged in the usb port and restart your computer to boot from SnowBird Linux without modifying your computer.


3) Run SnowBird Linux from VirtualBox. Download and install the latest version of Oracle VirtualBox. This method works best if you have at least 4 GB of memory and a modern processor that supports any of the desktop virtualization technologies. Create a new virtual machine using the wizard and select the downloaded disc as your boot device. For a good user experience ensure that you allocate at least 2 GB of memory to your virtual machine.


4) Install SnowBird Linux using VirtualBox. Follow the instructions in step 3 and once SnowBird Linux has booted to the desktop, run the installer located on the desktop. After you installation has completed, reboot into your new SnowBird desktop, right click on the desktop, click open terminal, type su - provide your root password that you specified during the installation and press enter. Type yum install VirtualBox-guest -y and press enter. Reboot your SnowBird Linux desktop and you should have full graphics, drag and drop and USB 2.0 support.


Can't get any of the above methods working? Post a message on our forum and we will try to help you as fast as possible.