Upgrade issues

Asked by Annmarie on 2015-03-22

I want to start using a PC that I bought with ubuntu 9.10 installed, a PC that I have not used for a long, long time. I tried to update to the latest version of Ubuntu but couldn't as I don't have the adminstrative password anymore. The seller provided it to me but frankly I forgot it.

Is it possible to simply install the latest version rather than trying to upgrade? I have already copied the data on the PC.


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Yes, just tell the installer media to use the entire disk and it will wipe everything off the physical disk and install Ubuntu as the only OS. I suggest you install Trusty as it is LTS and supported til April 2019.

Annmarie (akathendu) said : #2

That didn't work.

What I did instead was change password at root level. Then with the new administrative password I upgraded to version 10, then 12, then finally to Trusty!

While this worked, I'm sure there is a faster, easier way to do it!

michael (yellupcm-gmail) said : #3

There is a faster way. You must download Ubuntu 14.04 ISO. Then boot to DVD or USB drive, whichever you choose. It will give the option to have a single boot or dual boot, according to how you partition drive. Then it will install.