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You can upgrade to the latest version of Fedora manually instead of relying on [application]*dnf system upgrade*. This involves booting the installer as if you were performing a clean installation, letting it detect your existing Fedora system, and overwriting the root partition while preserving data on other partitions and volumes. The same process can also be used to reinstall the system, if you need to. For detailed information, see xref:../advanced/Upgrading_Your_Current_System.adoc#sect-upgrading-fedora-manual-reinstall[Manual System Upgrade or Reinstallation].
The Fedora Project offers different Editions tailored for some specific use cases. Choose the Fedora Edition best for you, or you can build your own by customizing after the installation, or by using a kickstart file as described in xref:../advanced/Kickstart_Installations.adoc#sect-kickstart-file-create[Creating a Kickstart File]. Kickstart installation requires the `netinstall` media type, or a direct installation booting method such as PXE; kickstarts are not supported with live images.
Read more about Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and the available media types in xref:../Downloading_Fedora.adoc#chap-downloading-fedora[Downloading Fedora].
You can also choose a Fedora _Spin_ featuring favorite alternative desktops or tools for specialized tasks at link:++http://spins.fedoraproject.org++[].
By calculating the image's `checksum` on your own computer and comparing it to the original `checksum`, you can verify the image has not been tampered with or corrupted. The original checksum values are provided at link:++https://fedoraproject.org/verify++[], and are [command]#gpg# signed to demonstrate their integrity.
Download the Fedora image of your choice from link:++https://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora++[] and the corresponding checksum file from link:++https://fedoraproject.org/verify++[]
$ shasum -a 256 -c *CHECKSUM
Fedora Media Writer and Universal USB Creators
[application]*Fedora Media Writer* has been improved and is now the default way to make bootable media. [application]*Fedora Media Writer* supports Linux, Mac, and Windows. It is an easy way to make bootable USB media to install Fedora (or other operating systems). While use of Fedora Media Writer is strongly encouraged, other USB media creation software can work as well.
Some of the new additions to [application]*Fedora Media Writer* are that Fedora Workstation and Server are the first choices on the main screen. However more choices are available if you select the button below "Custom OS". Options like Fedora Spins will appear. Fedora Spins such as XFCE and Mate will be selectable.
Universal USB creation tools such as [application]*Unetbootin* are a historically popular way to create USB installers from ISOs intended for optical media. They typically function by creating a filesystem on the USB drive, extracting files from the image, and writing [application]*syslinux* bootloader to the device.
These methods circumvent the boot-loader configuration built into Fedora images, which are pre-partitioned and designed to boot on UEFI systems with SecureBoot enabled as well as BIOS systems. They do not produce a consistent result with Fedora's images, especially for use with UEFI systems.
Utilities that use a direct write method, and do not modify the Fedora image, will produce the most consistently successful results.
Be sure you choose the right device!
Most media creation methods in this section are destructive. Ensure you do not need any data on the USB stick, and double check you have chosen the correct device before continuing.
Creating USB Media on Windows
Download the latest Windows Installer file from Marin Briza's github page: link:++https://github.com/MartinBriza/MediaWriter/releases++[https://github.com/MartinBriza/MediaWriter/releases].
Run the installation by double clicking it, and then clicking next through the set-up wizard. The Wizard gives you the options to customize the software's installation if you choose to.
In Windows 8 and 10, the application will be under "all apps" under F for [application]*Fedora Media Writer*. Or in Windows 10, you can just type [application]*Fedora Media Writer* in the search box on the task bar.
If you choose one of the beginning default Fedora editions, such as Fedora workstation or server. [application]*Fedora Media Writer* will give you information and details about it before you proceed with the download and USB creation. For Fedora Workstation, you can choose a different architecture, such as 32bit if you select "other architectures". Otherwise select "Create Live USB" to proceed.