How to Update Ubuntu

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Installing the necessary upgrades on your Ubuntu desktop prevents any problems with it. Upgrades will prevent errors, eliminate any security problems and give you access to the new features. Follow these steps to update Ubuntu.

Upgrade With the Internet

  • Log on to your computer and click on the "System" menu. A dropdown menu will open and from here select "Administration."

  • Locate the "Update Manager" from the administration dropdown menu. Select "Check" to verify that there are updates available.

  • Select "Install Updates" to install available updates for Ubuntu. Click on "Check" again to select any additional updates. Repeat as necessary to select all the available updates.

  • Read the pop-up message that will inform you of the availability of the updates. If you are satisfied click "Upgrade" and follow the prompts. Allow the updates to self-install.

Upgrade With a DVD

  • Find the Ubuntu upgrades you want to install. These can usually be located on the Ubuntu website.

  • Burn the installation CD/DVD using a computer with Internet access. Finalize the CD/DVD.

  • Insert the CD/DVD in to the drive. Read the dialog that is offering the upgrades you are interested in.

  • Enter the following command if the dialog doesn't display: "gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade."

Tips & Warnings

  • When attempting to upgrade Ubuntu you can only upgrade directly to the highest version from the most recent version. Stay on top of your updates to save time.
  • Check the Ubuntu website frequently to stay informed of the latest software updates and upgrades that you can download.
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