This guide shows you how to get up and running using the Raspberry PI OS by using an SD card pre-installed with NOOBS.
In order to follow along with this guide you will need:
Booting Up And Choosing The Operating System
Ok, so you have your Raspberry PI all connected up, the sd-card is in the slot and you are ready to go.
The first thing you need to do is power on the unit. If you have plugged the Raspberry PI into a wall socket, turn the switch on otherwise just plug the usb-c cable into the Raspberry PI to supply the power.
The screen above should appear after a few seconds.
Place a check in the box next to Raspberry PI OS Full and click install.
Go and get something to drink and this point and come back in about 15 minutes.
The initial setup
When the Raspberry PI boots for the first time you are presented with a welcome screen. The next set of screens form a wizard in which to choose some key default settings.
Click “Next” to start.
The first real setup screen asks you to choose where you are from. This is used to set the language the text is displayed in, the keyboard layout and the date and time format.
Choose the appropriate values from each dropdown and click “Next”.
Set The PI Password
The Raspberry PI OS has a default user called pi and a default password called raspberry. This makes the unit very insecure the first time you use it because everybody who has a Raspberry PI will know what the defaults are and if you didn’t you do now.
To make your system more secure enter a password that you will remember but make it so that nobody else will be able to guess it.
Once you have entered your password, enter it again to confirm it and press “Next”.
The next wizard deals with your display settings. Quite simply if you see a black border around your screen place a check in the box provided and click “Next”. This will remove the black border.
If your Raspberry PI is near to your router then you can connect an ethernet cable from the router to the Raspberry PI and your internet connection will work automatically.
If you don’t wish to hard wire a cable from the router to the PI then you can choose a wireless network from the list provided. If the network requires a password you will be asked to enter it.
Click “Next” after choosing your WiFi provider or indeed if you have inserted an ethernet cable.
The final setup screen lets you update the software on the Raspberry PI. This requires an active internet connection.
Simply click “Next” and the updates will install automatically.
When I installed the Raspberry PI OS for the first time the updates section failed.
To get the updates to work I did the following:
Press CTRL, ALT and T on your keyboard at the same time and this will bring up a terminal window.
Enter the following commands
sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get update
When prompted press “Y” and return to start the process.
Your Raspberry PI is now setup and ready to use.
You can now follow along with other tutorials on this site to learn how to use the Raspberry PI, how to customise the Raspberry PI and how to install other software.