Detailed Guide to Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04

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Upgrade From Ubuntu 14.04 to Ubuntu 16.04
Upgrade From Ubuntu 14.04 to Ubuntu 16.04

Ubuntu 16.04 has been released on 21st April 2016, code-named “Xenial Xerus”. Today we will be looking in how to upgrade Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, this will take a sometimes, depends on internet speed.

Note: You need to have an active internet connection to download the packages.

14.04 LTS to LTS upgrades will be enabled only after 16.04.1 LTS point release, in about 3 months time, but if you follow this guide you can update ubuntu even before that.

 Note: Before upgrading, please take a backup of important files to a secure place.

You can also do the fresh installation of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Know more about the new features in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Step 1: Know your current version of Ubuntu (Click on gear icon at top right –> About this computer)

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Current Version
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Current Version

Step 2: Download and install the latest update for the current version of ubuntu using the following command.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Step 3: It would ask you to enter the password.

Step 4: Run the Software Updater with “-d” to update the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS even before the 16.04.1 point release.

 $ sudo update-manager -d

Step 5: You would get the following window to upgrade Ubuntu 14.10, click on upgrade.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Update Manager
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Update Manager

Step 6: Now click on the upgrade in release notes window.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Upgrade
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Upgrade

Step 7: You will get update summary, click on start upgrade.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Start Upgrade
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Start Upgrade

Step 8:Now it will start to download the package.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Fetching Files
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Fetching Files

Step 9:  You can either keep or remove the obsolete packages. it is recommended remove the obsolete packages.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Remove Obsolete packages
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Remove Obsolete packages

Step 10: Once the upgrade is completed, it would ask you to restart the machine.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Reboot
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Reboot

Step 11: Once it rebooted, Checkout the brand new Ubuntu 16.04 login.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Ubuntu 16.04 Login Screen
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Ubuntu 16.04 Login Screen

Now you have the latest version of Ubuntu.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 - Ubuntu 16.04
Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 from Ubuntu 14.04 – Ubuntu 16.04

That’s All.

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