Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: reinstalling ubuntu 24.04 to replace 22.04 install

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    reinstalling ubuntu 24.04 to replace 22.04 install

    I dual boot win/ubuntu, and for awhile I have been meaning to upgrade to 24.04. I tried doing the upgrade from software and updates in ubuntu (also do-release-upgrade) but was running into errors mainly related to ppa packages.
    After lots of googling and trying different things, I somehow managed to kill the grub menu leaving me no option to boot into ubuntu.

    So I decided to reinstall with a bootable usb stick. I made that usb, booted up with it, and the installer gave me the option of installing 24.04 alongside windows and 22.04, but no option to replace 22.04. If I install 24.04 alongside, which will give me two ubuntu installs and one win11 install, will I have the option of removing the older ubuntu install later?

    Or should I just go nuclear with a full windows install followed by a new ubuntu install?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida

    Re: reinstalling ubuntu 24.04 to replace 22.04 install

    Do you have good backups? Both Window & Ubuntu?

    Can you not do Something Else and choose (change) the existing / (root) partition for new /?
    And if separate /home, also choose that during install.

    If your backups include /home, list of installed apps, and perhaps some settings in /etc or system files you manually edited, reinstall is relatively easy.

    There is also "dirty" install where you do not check format on existing / partition. You never check format on an existing /home partition. That keeps your files that are not part of install.
    But that still overwrites any settings changes you manually updated, to defaults, so backup still important.

    I keep two / partitions, last LTS and new LTS. But have all data in separate data partition(s) which I mount in all installs. I then only convert to newer install once I am happy with updates that new install includes. I use Kubuntu with no snaps, so install is a bit smaller. New Ubuntu now uses a lot of snaps that then require a larger / partition.
    Last edited by oldfred; May 13th, 2024 at 03:48 PM.
    UEFI boot install & repair info - Regularly Updated :
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    London, England
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: reinstalling ubuntu 24.04 to replace 22.04 install

    the installer gave me the option of installing 24.04 alongside windows and 22.04, but no option to replace 22.04.
    That is correct. We have to work our way through the options. Eventually, we get to a screen that offers an Interactive Installation or Automatic Installation. We choose Interactive Installation. We again work our way through the options until we get to a screen that asks How do you want to install Ubuntu? The options are:

    Install alongside them
    Erase disc and install Ubuntu
    Manual Installation

    Choose Manual Installation. You should be present with the partition layout of your drive. Select the partition that holds 22.04. It should be listed as 22.04. Click Change and then choose to format that partition and give it a mount point of /.

    The installer should by now be selecting the EFI system partition as the default to install the Grub boot loader in. Now select Next. Work your way through the options until you get to Ready to Install. Review the choices made and select Install.

    that is what I did a few days ago when I installed 24.04 LTS over 22.04 LTS on a drive that had three installs of Ubuntu on it.

    See the images here.

    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    melbourne, au
    Lubuntu Development Release

    Re: reinstalling ubuntu 24.04 to replace 22.04 install

    I don't see mention of whether or not you're asking about a Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Desktop or Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Server install, as they use different installers.

    What partitioning did you use? as the unclean install I really like is currently not possible on 24.04 LTS due to an problem appearing in QA (Quality Assurance testing), and thus a format is forced (it cannot be unclicked so its no surprise to the user) though in time, when that issue is fixed, the installer will have the current forced-format box clickable again (as installer is snap package, it can update itself & doesn't require a respin of ISO, but my understanding is its not been changed yet). If you have a separate /home partition, your data can remain, but otherwise unclean install may not be possible (24.04 only)
    Last edited by guiverc; May 14th, 2024 at 12:02 AM.

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts