Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr is out! If you want to upgrade to the lastest and greatest version of the Ubuntu Linux operation system you might want to follow this guide! I’ve described the process in great detail showing the complete upgrade process with screenshots to just follow along.

This free guide helps you to get your system upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr with all the latest (kernel) drivers and software packages installed. The Ubuntu release notes can be found here. If you are just interested in what is new you might want to check out the new features list for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Many people have used my previous guides (Upgrade Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10Upgrade Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04Upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10Upgrade Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04, Upgrade Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10) and have sent me good feedback as you can see in the polls and comments of those guides. So, I promise you will have a nice and easy time upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr 🙂

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Step 1: Before Upgrading

Important Notice: You should always make a backup of your data before doing mayor upgrades likes this! Keep a copy of your home folder if that is enough or use the Ubuntu built-in backup software.

You have to be using Ubuntu 13.10 in order to use this guide. Otherwise you might just want to go through the other guides to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10. If you added software from outside of the repositories (e. g. installed *.deb files from somewhere on the web) this software might not work after the upgrade. To make sure you can uninstall the software before you upgrade and install the latest version of it after the successful upgrade.

Before proceeding to upgrade with the help of this guide, you should first close all open applications…

Let’s go:
First, start the Software Updater from within Dash

application updater - software update Ubuntu 13.10

…and apply all software updates which are shown to you. Having the most recent versions of all software installed in Ubuntu 13.10 is crucial for the upgrade process.

application update 2 - software update Ubuntu 13.10


reboot - software update Ubuntu 13.10

Simply click on „Install Now“ and proceed. You may need to reboot your computer if you got a kernel update. If you’re not sure, you might just want to reboot your system play it safe.

Alternatively you can launch the terminal and enter the following command to achieve the same via command line:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade;

update in terminal - software update Ubuntu 13.10

Now we are getting serious: Start the Software Updater and check again for updates on your system. You should be asked if you want to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04.

update to 14.04 LTS - software update Ubuntu 13.10

When you are not shown the Ubuntu 14.04 Upgrade, you can force it by launching a terminal and by entering:

sudo update-manager -p

Now, start the Upgrade process by clicking on Upgrade…. You will then see a screen similar to this one.

release notes ubuntu 14.04 - software update Ubuntu 13.10

Note: Since I am doing this upgrade a day before the actual release of Ubuntu 14.04, it says BETA in the screenshot. But you should see the „final“ upgrade screen.

Proceed with clicking on Upgrade.

Some preparations will be done automatically

release preparations ubuntu 14.04 - software update Ubuntu 13.10

You’ll then be shown a summary of what the upgrade will actually do to your system and how much data will be downloaded via the internet.

new packages ubuntu 14.04 - software update Ubuntu 13.10

Simply click on Start Upgrade to start the process. There is no going back now….. Sit back and relax. You can watch your computer for a while….

preparing update ubuntu 14.04 - software update Ubuntu 13.10

Now the newly loaded packages are being installed…

installing upgrades ubuntu 14.04 - software update Ubuntu 13.10


installing upgrades ubuntu 14.04 - software update 2 Ubuntu 13.10

Afterwards, old and deprecated packages are to be removed…. And finally, we have to restart to finish the update. During the process, I encountered some errors (therefor I mentioned you should absolutely make a backup before upgrading).

reboot ubuntu 14.04 - software update 2 Ubuntu 13.10

Now, when your system has successfully rebooted (I hope it does 😉 you are done! You can confirm your version upgrabe by clicking on the upper right symbol in the panel and clicking on „About this computer“. You should see version 14.04 now.

about this computer ubuntu 14.04 - software update 2 Ubuntu 13.10

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the upgrade process and can now welcome your new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS system! The time for the upgrade will depend heavily on the speed of your internet connection and your hard disk. If you have a fast internet connection and your machine has an SSD you should not have spent more than 20 minutes to get through the whole process. Have fun!

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