Introduction: Setting Up the Pi

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Before you begin, you have to decide which operating system to use. In this tutorial, I will install Raspbian, although you can use lots of different operating systems.

You Will Need:

  1. The Raspberry Pi
  2. A computer
  3. An SD card (4 GB or more)

Step 1: Installing Win32diskimager

To image the SD card, you will have to install a disk imager. I will use win32diskimager. Install it from

Once the download is complete, Insert your SD card you are using for the pi into the computer.

Step 2: Installing the Operating System

To download the operating system. Go to and download the Raspbian zip image. Save it to somewhere easy to remember.

Then launch win32diskimager. Click on the image file box and type in the pathway to the image file. Alternatively, click on the browse button and find the image file.

Next select the SD card you will write the image to.

Click Write.

Step 3: Booting Up Your Pi

When the write has finished, insert the finished SD card into the raspberry pi. Turn on the pi. After a few minutes, the pi will come to a configuration file.

Step 4: The Raspi-Config

On boot you will come to a config file.

Navigate with the arrow keys.

Options you can change are:

  1. The Pi's password
  2. The hostname of the pi
  3. Whether the sound comes out the HDMI or the Analogue output
  4. Expand the SD card partition
  5. Change the language
  6. Change the date and time
  7. SSH on/off
  8. Boot behaviour

Once you have finished click the finish icon. You are then asked if you want to reboot. Select Yes.

Step 5: Launch the Desktop

Once you have booted up the pi again, you will come to a login box that says username. Type in " pi ". Press Enter. It will then ask for a password. If you changed the password in the raspi config then type in the password you set it to. If not type in the password " raspberry ".

It will then come to a command line. Type in " startx ".

This will launch the desktop.

Step 6: Update Your Pi

Click on the button on the taskbar that looks like a TV screen.

This is the LX terminal. Type in " sudo apt-get update ".

It will then update your pi.

To upgrade software type in " sudo apt-get upgrade"

It will then upgrade your software.

Step 7: Finished

To logout, press " Menu " Then select shutdown. A window will come up with 3 options. Select Shutdown.

When the screen goes black, unplug your pi.

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