Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) Basic Installation Guide with Screenshots

Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) was released on 15 January 2013. In our introductory article we have already mentioned what all new features have been added. In this article we are going to show you a pictorial guide for performing installation of Fedora 18.

Fedora 18 Installation Guide
Fedora 18 Installation Guide

Please visit the following article to know more about Fedora 18 features and and download links of ISO images for 32 and 64 bit systems.

  1. Download Fedora 18 DVD ISO Images

Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) Basic Installation Steps:

1. Boot Computer with Fedora 18 Installation media. and you may press ‘ENTER‘ key to Start Fedora 18 else it will automatically start with given seconds. While starting fedora 18 installer you will get two options ‘Start Fedora 18‘ and ‘Troubleshooting‘.

In Troubleshooting menu there are options like ‘Starting Fedora 18‘ in basic graphics mode, ‘Test CD/DVD and start‘, ‘Memory Test‘,’Boot from local drive‘. Use up arrow and down arrow to select options. You may click return to main menu anytime from here.

Boot Fedora 18 DVD
Boot Fedora 18 DVD

2. Click on Live System User to proceed.

Fedora 18 Live Screen
Fedora 18 Live User Screen

3. Choose Install Fedora to Hard Drive. You may choose try Fedora from Live media also.

Select Fedora 18 Installation
Select Fedora 18 Installation Drive

4. Select the language and check the “Set keyboard to default layout for selected language” option, then click on “Continue” button.

Fedora 18 Language
Select Fedora 18 Language

5. “Installation Summary” screen. Depending on your requirement, you may click links one-by-one to configure.

Fedora 18 Installation Summary
Fedora 18 Installation Summary

6. “Date & Time” screen. Configure date and time on your requirement.

Fedora 18 Date and Time
Select Fedora 18 Date and Time

7. Choose Keyboard Layout on your requirement.

Fedora 18 Keyboard
Select Fedora 18 Keyboard

8. You may click ‘Done‘ button which use automatic partitions and returns to the previous screen. If you want manual partitions of Hard Drive Click on ‘Full disk summary and options…‘ and follow the instructions.

Fedora 18 Hard Drive Summary
Fedora 18 Hard Drive Summary

9. Select partition type and click on ‘Continue‘.

Fedora 18 Partition Type
Select Fedora 18 Partition Type

10. You can create mount point selecting ‘+‘ icon below. I have selected ‘Create them automatically‘.

Fedora 18 Create Mount Point
Fedora 18 Create Mount Point

11. Once partitioning done. Click on ‘Finish Partitioning

Fedora 18 Partition Table
Fedora 18 Partition Table

12. Once finished configuration, click the ‘ “Begin Installation” button.’

Fedora 18 Basic Installation
Select Fedora 18 Basic Installation

13. Click on root password link to set root password.

Fedora 18 Root Password
Set Fedora 18 Root Password

14. Enter the root password and click the “Done” button.

Fedora 18 Enter Root Password
Enter Root Password

15. After root password is set. Relax till installation is complete. When prompted, click the “Reboot” button.

Fedora 18 Installation Process
Fedora 18 Installation in Progress

16. Fedora boot loader options.

Fedora 18 Boot Loader
Fedora 18 Boot Loader

17. Click the ‘Forward‘ button on the welcome screen.

Fedora 18 Welcome Screen
Fedora 18 Welcome Screen

18. Click the ‘Forward‘ button on the license information screen.

Fedora 18 License Information
Fedora 18 License Information

19. Enter the user details and click the ‘Forward‘ button.

Fedora 18 Create User
Fedora 18 Create User

20. Change the date and time setting if you want and click ‘Finish’ button.

Fedora 18 Set Date and Time
Fedora 18 Set Date and Time

21. On the sign-in screen, click on the user you want to log in as. Fedora 18 GNOME 3.6 Desktop Screen.

Fedora 18 Gnome 3.6 Desktop
Fedora 18 Gnome 3.6 Desktop
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4 thoughts on “Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) Basic Installation Guide with Screenshots”

  1. Hi Ravi,

    This is Kumar, after reading this article. I tried to install the Fedora-18 live DVD ISO, I have Fedora 18 x86_64 iso. After booting the fedora DVD. I’m not able get the second screen “Live System User” screen goes blank. could you help me in resolving this issue.


    • I had a similar issue, the live user wasn’t even listed, so I clicked not listed and wrote root as user, then to begin the installation I went to the file manager, and in the desktop of this user double clicked the shortcut to begin install.

      You should try using root user instead

    • If you are trying to install in Fedora 18 as a virtual machine guest (VMware or VirtualBox) disable 3D acceleration in the VM settings. You should then see the “Live System User”.


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