How to install Kali Linux on your PC.

 In this article, I will show you how to install kali Linux. We will start by understanding Linux. So Linux in a nutshell is basically a family of open-source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux-Kernel and it was developed by Linus Torvalds in the early 1990s.

There are many devices that use the Linux kernel including the android smartphones that most of us use. Linux being open-source means one can see the source code (unlike others, you can not see their source code) and manipulate it to your own liking. This means having the source code you can add things and remove what is unnecessary according to how you want the operating system to be like.

So what you will need for the installation of Kali Linux is;

  • Minimum of 4GB flash drive
  • Stable internet connection
  • The machine you want to install is kali Linux.

Having met the above requirements let’s get started.

Visit the Kali Linux website and download the iso file depending on your machine’s architecture i.e., 64 bit or 32 bit.

After the download is done, download balena etcher which will be used to flash the Kali Linux iso to the flash drive.

After the download is done, install the balenaEtcher in your windows machine and launch it. Insert your flash drive, while in the balenaEtcher select the Kali Linux iso file as shown below.

Now select your target which will be the inserted flash drive and click the flash button. The flash process may take a while but be patient till it’s done and once it’s done switch off your computer.

Power on your computer but first make sure you have inserted the flash drive. Now go to your bios setting and select boot from the USB flash drive and now a window like the one below will appear.

Click on the graphical install and the install process will be initiated. A window to select location and language respectively will appear shown below:

Now detections of the necessary hardware will commence and if you are not connected to an internet connection you’ll be prompted to connect to one and you’ll select your network and enter the password then you’ll proceed to set the hostname. You can just type any name that you want here or leave it the way it is.

A window asking for a domain will appear but if you don’t have one you leave it blank and proceed.

You will be asked to type the full username, username for your account, and password. You can change the full username or just leave it as kali. NOTE: You should not forget the username and password since you’ll be asked to enter them while logging in to Kali Linux.

After this, an account with the provided username and password will be created and other components of the Kali Linux will be set up and you’ll just be patient as you watch. A window asking for the configuration of the clock will appear as shown below:

Next, you’ll be asked to select how you wish Kali Linux to be installed on the hard disk.

NOTE:
The encrypted LVM means encrypted Linux Volume Manager which means that 
the hard disk will be encrypted and one will be asked for a
password every time they try to access the
hard disk.
In this blog, we will use the guided-use entire disk.

Next, you’ll have to select the drive and allow the disk to be formatted and partitioned so that Kali Linux files can be added.

Now the Kali Linux base system will be installed and the drive partitioned. Now you’ll be requested to tick the software that you’ll need for your Kali Linux.

NOTE:
XFCE, GNOME, and KDE are desktop environments.
If you are a graphics kinda guy you should opt for
KDE or GNOME and if you do not
enough ram go for XFCE since it doesn’t consume a lot of RAM.

Now the selected software will be installed. The installation might take a while depending on your internet speed. Now you’ll be prompted to accept the installation of grub to the hard disk.

Wait now as the installation finalizes. And you’ll be prompt to boot into the Kali Linux.

Now your system will boot with Kali Linux up and running.

Now login with the username and password you created. 

Hope this article was helpful. Happy hacking !!

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Charles Koome
Charles Koome

I am a cyber security enthusiast and love all kinds of tech stuff. I love playing CTFs and doing penetration testing(websites and mobile applications).

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