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Getting started with your Dell Linux personal computer

Summary: This page is a guide to getting started with the Linux operating system on a new Dell personal computer.

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Most new personal computers have a simple set-up program pre-built to get everything up and running. The Getting Started information below gives you additional resources and information that may be of use during this process. Important links to pages on our Support Site are provided for anything that you may need help with.

Once you are over the excitement of receiving your new Dell personal computer, it is time to unbox the equipment. Seems simple? It should be, but let us walk you through that process to ensure you do not miss anything or discard important items.

  1. Carefully open the outer box

  2. Remove all packaging from this as you may find your charger and paperwork are in this outer packaging

  3. If the laptop is boxed individually your paperwork and guides are included there

  4. Do not discard any packaging until you are completely up and running

As mentioned, your system guides you through the set-up but let us detail the key points to help you on your way:

Wireless Networking

Are you connected to the Internet? Ensure you have an active connection in the area where you are setting up as your system must be connected to complete the set-up process. This can be a Wireless (Wifi) or Wired connection and if you have a password you should have this available.


Limit any peripherals and accessories during set-up, plugging in only the essential items like your mouse, external keyboard, so forth Ensure these are plugged in and turned on.

Power On

Connect your power adapter, and turn on! On systems that were bought with Linux already installed by Dell, the Set-Up guide displays a series of windows asking for information and providing instructions to customize your experience. Follow these on-screen steps to completion.

(For those who have chosen to install Linux on their Dell personal computer, we recommend you read through our configuration article.)

Software Updates

Even though you have a new system it may require updates. This is perfectly normal as updates to your Operating System regularly deliver enhancements and fix any potential issues and you received prompts on your system for these as and when they are required. Complete the required changes before moving on.

You also must configure your software center to access the open-source drivers and programs developed and released specifically for your operating system.

Security Sheild

To protect your system by setting up your Security Tools as part of the start-up process or ensure, you have your anti-virus protection software ready to be loaded on your new system. You can also select an anti-virus from those offered in your systems support center. Your online security is vitally important these days and a robust program to protect your data is vital.

Software Activation

Activate any software that you have purchased from our Dell Download Center using the options available depending on your needs.

Data Backup

Backing up your system data is vital to ensure that you never lose items that are important to you. It also helps your speedy recovery should something go wrong. Back-up options are offered as part of the start-up process but you can use an alternative method if you prefer a different application. You can learn more about Linux back-up solutions by visiting our Back-Up and Recovery knowledge base articles.

Ready Check Mark

At this point, you should have a fully configured and functioning new personal computer, with the only additional changes being your customization. To learn more about your system, one of the best resources is your Manual and User Guide. Alternatively, if the changes are related to your Operating System, there are our dedicated support pages with links and videos to give you more information.

If you have not yet, we recommend you create a Dell Account.

A Dell Account allows you to control your personal information and postal addresses, account settings, subscriptions, and manage your different Dell orders and products. You will also be able to get the list of service tags.

The Dell Support site has a wealth of information about your Dell products.

For help with specific issues or topics, we have many Linux Dell Knowledge Base articles available online and a comprehensive Support Library at your disposal which contains dedicated pages hosting Dell Knowledge Base articles, how-to guides and a Video Library for instructional guides on many topics.


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Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops

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10 Jan 2024



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