How to Install Latest Solus from USB

Solus operating system is a  Linux distribution that is tailored for best for home computing. It was released on December 27, 2015, and comes with GNOME, MATE and BUDGIE  desktop environments crafted for enhanced user experience. It ships numerous features such as app dockers and rich menus for ease of access to items. Solus 4.0 is expected to release January 2018, hopefully with budgie 11 version which is powered by Qt, C++, and Wayland.

We are going to see how to install Solus 3.0 from a USB drive.

  1. Downloading the disk image
  2. Configuring your PC to boot from PC
  3. Create a bootable USB drive
  4. Install Solus

Downloading the Solus disk image

Head out to the Solus download page and download your preferred desktop environment. You can use the torrents option to download the image in case of intermittent internet connection and once its stable you can resume downloading your file

Configure your PC to boot from PC

Depending on the model of your PC, you can press F10, f12 or ESC key to enter into the BIOS setup upon booting. Navigate to the boot order Menu and set USB boot as the first priority.

Save the changes and exit the BIOS setup.

Creating a bootable USB drive

There is a myriad of tools out there that you can use to create a bootable USB drive. I'm going to use Power ISO which supports both Windows and Linux. It's worth trying Etcher which is new SD and USB card writer that supports both IMG and ISO images.

  • Launch Power ISO and select 'create bootable drive'
solus power_iso usb
  • In the pop-up window that appears, select the source image file and your Destination
solus usb_installation
  • Hit the 'Start' button and the USB creation process will commence and will be shown in the progress bar
solus - usb-creation
  • Finally, you'll get a pop confirming successful creation of your USB drive
solus usb final creation

Next, plug your newly created Solus USB drive in the PC you intend to install and reboot.

You'll be presented with the screen below. I'm going to install the MATE desktop environment.


If you wish, you can test out the Operating system first and have a taste of its look and feel. After you are done proceed to click on 'Install Os'.

Choose your preferred language


If  you are connected to the internet, check  'Find my location automatically'  and hit 'Next'


Choose your preferred keyboard


If you are connected to the internet, the timezone will be automatically set based on your current location. If you are offline, you'll have to manually set the timezone. Click 'Next'

solus - timezone

You'll be prompted to choose your preferred hard disk.  and select the automatic partition option if you wish to skip manual partitioning of the disk.

solus - Disks

Type the Computer name and check to install a bootloader in the 'Install a bootloader' option.  Hit 'Next'

solus - settings

Type your username and password credentials.

solus -sers

Verify your credentials. If you need to change anything, hit  'Previous'. If the coast is clear, hit 'Next'.

solus -users-verify

The next section will give you an overview of your setting preferences. If all is well, click 'Install' The installation process will begin and take about 15 minutes.


Installation progress.


FFinally!Eject the USB drive and restart your PC.


You'll be presented with a login screen. Enter your credentials and enjoy Solus 3.0 !


Your views and comments are welcome. Let us know your experience.

2 Comments... add one

  1. Hey Bihzad, that's a bit weird. Nevertheless, try pressing the ESC key and see what happens. In the meantime, can you provide more information on what you see on the black screen?


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