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Use Raspberry Pi Imager to burn zip file images

The excellent Raspberry Pi Imager software is ideal for burning zipped operating system images to a SD card or hard drive. There’s no need to unzip the file as Imager does it for you.
Here’s the step-by-step process:

  1. Download the free Imager from here: Raspberry Pi Imager software:
  2. Double-click the downloaded file to install the Imager.
  3. Run the Imager
  4. Insert your blank SD card (16GB or more) into a card reader on your Windows computer
  5. Click the Operating System box (left-hand) of Imager and scroll down to Use Custom
  6. Navigate to the zip file that you want to burn
  7. Move to the Storage box in Imager and choose your blank SD card. Be careful here to choose the correct drive
  8. Click the Write box and follow the prompts
  9. When the copy has been verified you will see a message to that effect
  10. Move your new card to the Pi, which may boot a couple of times before being ready for use.
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