Verify Linux Mint ISO file on Windows

Verify Linux Mint ISO file on Windows


The video demonstrates the process of verifying the integrity and authenticity of Linux Mint ISO file downloaded on Windows System Open a web browser Navigate to Linux Mint Official Website https://linuxmint.com to download Linux Mint ISO file Navigate to Download page of latest version of Linux Mint Scroll down the page to choose an edition of your choice or proceed with cinnamon edition if you have no particular choice Choose 34-bit or 64-bit Architecture as per your System Configuration. If you have an old computer then you may choose 32-Bit however mostly its 64-bit nowadays on all modern computers Choose download mirror nearest to your location Save the ISO file on your computer It is very important to verify the integrity and authenticity of the ISO file you have downloaded to ensure that it was not tampered during download & is error free? For the purpose we will use Linux Mint recommended method to very ISO Open a new tab and navigate to GnuPG tool’s official website https://www.gnupg.org Go to Download Section Scroll down the page to GnuPG Binary Releases Section Click on the link to download Simple installer for the current version of GnuPG Save the installer file to your computer and wait for the download to complete Re-open the tab where Linux Mint official website was open Click on “verify your ISO” link Scroll down the page and select the version you have downloaded ISO of Linux Mint. Mostly it will be latest version Save the ‘sha256sum.txt’ and ‘shasum256.txt.gpg’ files on your computer in same location as of downloaded ISO file Minimize the browser and go to download location There must 4 files viz. Linux Mint ISO, GnuPG installer, sha256sum.txt, sha256sum.txt.gpg Execute GnuPG installer and install GnuPG tool with default options To compare the SHA256 keys generated later, create and open excel file Label the cells to identify each SHA key viz. generated by GnuPG in Powershell and provided in sha256sum.txt Open sha256sum.txt file and copy SHA256 key for the version you have downloaded the ISO file of. The keys for all the editions and corresponding Architectures are provided in this file Choose and copy the key provided for your version of ISO file Switch to excel file and paste in earlier defined cell Minimize the excel file and close sha256sum.txt file Now Open Windows Powershell. Press ‘Shift’ Key and Right Click. Open Powershell from Context Menu Check Integrity of the file using ‘CertUtil -hashfile‘ command to generate downloaded ISO file’s SHA256 sum It may take some time to generate SHA256 sum as the file is too large Copy the successfully generated SHA256 key and paste in excel sheet at earlier defined cell Ensure that both keys are in same format and same length. Now use ‘=’ formula to compare the keys, if both keys will match result will be ‘True’ else ‘False’ The result is ‘True’. Thus, the integrity of the file is maintained while downloading from the source. Close the Excel, go back to Powershell to verify Authenticity of ‘sha256sum.txt’ file whether it is from reliable source or not Re-open the web browser to proceed further with Authenticity check The Integrity check was successful, lets proceed further with Authenticity check To check Authenticity of ‘sha256sum.txt’ file, import the Linux mint signing key by using the given command Copy the command and paste in Powershell to import Linux Mint Signing Key Linux Mint Signing Key is successfully imported Let’s verify the keys with by using the verify command Copy the command and paste in Powershell Good Signature message has been received as an output of verify command, which is desired output as per official Linux Mint website Next, match the signing key mentioned on Linux Mint website and imported in Powershell The signing keys may be compared in excel sheet by copying from Powershell and website Copy the signing key from Powershell and paste in excel sheet at designated cell Copy the signing key from Linux Mint website and paste in excel sheet at designated cell Ensure that both keys are in same format and same length It appears, the length of one key is more, search for an extra blank space and remove it (as recommended by Linux Mint official website) Now use ‘=’ formula to compare the keys, if both keys will match result will be ‘True’ else ‘False’ The result is ‘True’. Thus, the file is authentic. You can burn this file on a DVD or flash a Flash Drive to make it bootable and install latest version of Linux Mint Thanks for Watching. Hope you find it useful. If yes, then don’t Forget to Like, Comment and Share the Video. Subscribe the channel to receive latest Updates.

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