You’ve got your brand new Raspberry Pi. What now? You need to install operating system (OS) to it. The easiest way is using NOOBS.
You can easily install OS using NOOBS. I recommend you install Raspbian on your SD card. Firstly, we need to download NOOBS:
- A box with a link to the NOOBS files should pop up. Click on the link.
- The easiest way of getting everything working is with ZIP file.
Formatting the SD card
Note: Formatting will remove everything from the SD card, be careful!
- Get SD Formatter 4.0 for Windows or Mac.
- Follow the instructions to install the software.
- Insert your SD card into the SD card reader and make sure to remember the letter of it, e.g.
- In SD Formatter, select the drive letter for your SD card, and format it.
Next, you have to extract the files from the ZIP archive you’ve downloaded.
- Find the zip file you downloaded (usually in Downloads folder).
- Extract the files and keep the window open.
Copying the files
- Now open another window and open SD card.
- Select all the files from the NOOBS folder and move them over to the SD card.
- Safely eject the SD card.
Booting from NOOBS
- Once the files have been copied over, insert the micro SD Card into your Raspberry Pi, and plug the Pi into a power source. Make sure to use powerful USB charger, it’s best to use one which can supply up to 2 amps.
- You will be offered a choice when the installer has loaded. You should check the box for Raspbian, and then click Install.
- Click Yes at the pop up dialog.
- When Raspbian has been installed, click OK and your Raspberry Pi will restart and Raspbian will then boot up.