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How To Install Raspberry Pi OS With Desktop On Raspberry Pi 4

With the recent announcement of the new Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM and amazing specifications lot of people showed interest. So in this article, we are going to show you how to properly install the operating system to your SD card so you can run the new Raspberry Pi.

But before we get started, here are a few things we’re going to need:

  • Raspberry Pi model (4 or 8-gigabyte).
  • USB Type-C power supply (Recommended to use the official Raspberry Pi power supply)
  • Micro SD card with (8 to 256 gigs).
  • Any other machine to flash the Raspberry Pi OS to your SD card for your PI 4 (Mac Linux or Windows).


So first things first, let’s go ahead and download the new Raspberry Pi imager on your system. Go ahead and install the “.exe file”. From the start menu, select the Raspberry Pi imager and choose the OS you want, and install it on your SD card for a Raspberry Pi 4 link.

Click on it and it will load that operating system up and get it ready to flash to your SD card. There are 32 and 64-bit versions but most people out there might just want to stick with the recommended software raspberry pi OS 32 bit version of raspberry pi OS.

It will be loaded up in the operating system panel where you will need to choose your SD card. If you have an external drive plugged into your PC you need to double-check that you’re flashing to your SD card because you can go ahead and flash two in one terabyte drive here and overwrite everything on that drive so just be careful with it.


If you’ve chosen a pre-loaded operating system it will automatically download it and flash it to the SD card. Once it’s done, it’ll prompt you. Pull the SD card from your PC, Mac, or Linux machine and place it in the Raspberry Pi plugin to get ready for the first boot.

The plugin that freshly flashes the SD card to start the first boot will take longer than any other time you boot this up because you need to resize the file system to make sure you have your monitor turned on, and as long as the green LED status light on the Raspberry Pi 4 is flashing every once in a while it is working in the background just give it some time to boot up.


Once it is done, you’ll be prompted with the welcome screen. You will need to go with a little more setup to do. The initial setup of Raspberry Pi OS will give you a little walkthrough, go ahead and read through all of this and you will click “Next” to choose your “country” and “keyboard” preference. Then choose your “language” and “time zone” next.

The default password for the Raspberry Pi is “Raspberry” you will need to enter the password and then confirm it. Reboot the system and it will automatically search for a network called the Raspberry Pi 4.

Fun Fact: “The full version of Raspberry Pi OS has lots of great pre-installed applications”.

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