I found myself needing to use my old 1st gen Raspberry Pi Model B which I hadn’t used in a long time for an upcoming tutorial. And for this tutorial we need a fresh image.

If you are completely new to Raspberry Pi and linux, here is the deal.

You need:

  1. Raspberry Pi
  2. SD Card ( 80+ MB/s preferred)
  3. SD Card Reader. Your computer may already have one.

Step 1. Download NOOBS

NOOBS is an official, easy to use installer to get an operating system onto your SD card so you can get started using your Raspberry Pi.

You can download the LITE version if you are connected to the internet, the regular version includes everything so it can work without internet. Either one will work. Click on the zip version of the download.


Download NOOBS here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/noobs/

Step 2: Format The SD Card.

Formatting the SD card removes all of the files from the device and gives us a clean start to install our OS on.

Connect your SD card to your computer using a USB reader or one built into your machine. If on Windows, you can right-click the SD card from File explorer and click format. The default Fat32 is fine for this.

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Step 3. Copy NOOBS Files.

Double click the NOOBS zip file and copy the contents onto the newly formatted SD card.

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4. Insert SD Card and Power Up.

At this point you are good to go! Plug in everything you need and boot up the Raspberry Pi.

You’ll be presented with a list of options of operating systems to choose from. You can make your selection here (entirely by keyboard if needed). Raspbian is the top and recommended choice.

The install step will take quite a while. But then, success.

Raspbian Desktop