Replacing current OS with Manjaro

Warning: This method will delete your Windows partition. Please make sure you have made a backup of all the data you do not want to loose.

Step 1 (Preparation)

Before starting, download Manjaro.

You'll get an ISO file, which is a disk image. You need to flash this to a USB drive, using an imager tool. The Raspberry Pi foundation keeps an up-to-date list of imagers for Windows, however, we recommend Etcher. Rufus is another good ISO burner.

In Etcher:

  • Select your ISO file
  • Select your USB drive (plug it in!)
  • Then flash!

Etcher

Step 2 (Boot)

To boot into the live installation media, plug your USB into your computer/laptop, and reboot - you should be able to boot off it with no problems.

Once boot has finished, you should be presented with the Manjaro Hello utility!

Installer

Close it and play around with the system. Make sure everything works (keyboard, trackpad). You can also connect to the wifi:

Wifi

And choose the network:

Network

Step 3 (Installation)

Once you're happy everything works okay, you can proceed to install it. Click the disk w/ a green arrow on the left hand side bar. This will start the installer. Choose the language:

Language

Your region:

Installer Region

And your keyboard layout:

Installer Keyboard

Next, we will take care of partitioning. Choose Erase disk and choose Swap (with Hibernate). You may also choose to tick the box to encrypt the system. Leave any other settings as they are.

**Note: if you have enough RAM and an SSD, you can go with no swap. However, you may not be able to put your laptop in hibernate mode without more tinkering. If you are low on RAM, you should definitely create a swap partition. Part of the role of the swap partition is to hold files which should be in RAM, but there is not enough memory to hold them all.

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Now we'll create the main user. Fill in your name, the name you want to use to login (this will be your username) and a name for the machine (this will be the name the VM will be seen as over a network). Next, choose your account password. Make it a good one! You can then also choose the administrator account password (which is the root user), or choose to use the first supplied password for the admin account too.

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You can then choose to install LibreOffice or FreeOffice (the Linux alternatives to Microsoft Office).

When you're ready, press Install! You will be prompted that disk changes will be made in order to install Manjaro. Confirm by pressing Install now. Wait for the installation to finish.

Once it's completed, follow the prompts to shutdown, remove the installation media, and restart your computer. When you startup, you should be booted into Manjaro!

And remember, the most important think about using Arch is to tell people as often as possible

btw, I use Arch 😄

Now head over to the Post Installation guide to update your system and install some useful software.