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How to upgrade my fedora 18 to fedora 24

asked 2016-07-23 13:08:31 -0500

Nooby112 gravatar image

My laptop has pre-installed windows10 and I have dual booted it with fedora 18.How do I upgrade it to fedora 24 without risking my windows being affected.My system is uefi and I have no recovery CD as it came pre installed?please help

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Windows 10 should have a way for you to create a recovery disk, either DVD or flash drive. If you're actually planning on using the installed Windows, I highly recommend doing that.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-07-25 14:28:31 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-07-23 14:37:53 -0500

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updated 2016-07-24 14:21:57 -0500

There is no way to upgrade from F18 to F24 in one step. You could do F18 --> F19 --> F20 --> F21 and then with dnf from F21 to F24. (It will be a pain, very time consuming, and not unlikely that something goes wrong)

I recommend you backing up your data from /home to an external drive and do a clean and fresh install of Fedora 24. Use your existing Fedora18 to create a bootable USB.

Fedora will recognize the existing Win10 installation and add it as an entry to the boot loader Grub.

Of course, you need to pay attention when installing F24: Don't touch the existing Windows partitions, and for an (U)EFI install, point /boot/efi of your new F24 to the existing EFI partition without reformatting it (there is a checkbox for that).

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Will I get 19 ,20,21,22,23 through yum or dnf??

Nooby112 gravatar imageNooby112 ( 2016-07-24 06:29:52 -0500 )edit

As Sergio explains in the other answer. You could do 18-->21 using FedUp, and 21 --> 23/24 using dnf. Still a pain, since so much has changed and you will be carry on old confit files. Moreover, F21 repos are moved to archive, so you will have to adapt those.... I'd still consider a clean and fresh install of F24.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-07-24 14:33:11 -0500 )edit

I concur with the clean install approach. It will take a long time to fully update in sequence, it's like downloading 4-5 live ISOs just to get to the final one you really want to run. For certain you should have backups of Windows and Fedora user data, and a way to reinstall Windows. I personally would use Anaconda autopartioning to delete all the Fedora specific partitions (which typically means the LVM volumes including /home) and start totally clean from scratch. Backups!

cmurf gravatar imagecmurf ( 2016-07-26 13:01:52 -0500 )edit

A clean and fresh install, keeping, if exists, the home partition. A very easy task ...

EllePi gravatar imageEllePi ( 2016-07-31 08:19:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-07-24 08:50:21 -0500

sergiomb gravatar image

you may try in 2 steps :
F18 -> F21 with fedup
f21-> f24 with dnf-plugin-system-upgrade,

Also you may try in one shot with yum
but you have to read all problems on upgrade to see if it is possible ...

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