# USB Set up and Iso Verify

Setting up USB for Distro’s and trying to verify Linux Mint on Windows as per the instructions on the Mint site (following the video’s in LMS ) and I keep getting CertUtil: Too many arguments

expected no more than 2 but got 5

Hopefully someone has an idea of why it won’t verify the iso.

In the meantime I am going to try Ubunto.

ChicaChoice,

Have you verified the SHA256 checksum values to make sure your iso download was as it should be and nothing was lost on the transfer? Let me know if you need instructions on how to do this if you didn’t.

By all means try out Ubuntu and even a few others and see which one you like the best. Vasileios favors Zorin as you can easily customize the look as a Mac or windows desktop for beginners.

Michael

Michael,

Yes please. The very first time I downloaded a distro (I think it was Mint Cinnamon) I tried to follow the instructions. It took me forever, with a lot of duckducking, back and forth on different sites, downloading from different mirrors until eventually I got confirmation that I had a good copy. I have been checking out a bunch of other distros on some old laptops I dug out of the basement. Haven’t bothered to verify any of them because of my first go round.

John

@mva Michael,

I need the instructions to verify a Linux distro iso.

John

Exactly @mva that is what I was attempting to do - verify the SHA256 values.
Downloaded from any number of the mirrors and followed the instructions to verify however none of them verified.
So I gave up and went with Ubuntu

John,

If you downloaded the cinnamon version the checksum will look like this:

50b833f1f093c029bfb7ba6148c9ce96619c01a83e92f35287983fbd62f26b01 *linuxmint-20.2-cinnamon-64bit.iso

Linux:

sha256sum /path/to/file


MAC:

shasum -a 256 /path/to/file

Windows:

CMD

CertUtil -hashfile C:\path\to\file SHA256

Powershell

Get-FileHash C:\path\to\file -Algorithm SHA256

@mva Michael,

You little ripper mate. Used CMD in Windoze. 1st try came up with a syntax error (too many arguments). It did not like the fact that I had spaces in my Folders/File names. Once I got rid of those it worked just fine.

That was much easier than the convoluted method off their site here: