Ubuntu 17.04 AKA Zesty Zapus has been released & Ubuntu lovers are trying out the latest version. In this guide, we will show you how you can upgrade your systems from Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10 to the latest version i.e. Ubuntu 17.04.


  1. Take Backups

Before starting to attempt anything , always take ‘BACKUP’. This is only for just in case things don’t go as planned. & make it a thumb rule to take backups, if possible at regular intervals.

  1. Change to ‘Open source drivers’

If using any proprietary drivers for your hardware, switch them back to ‘Open Source drivers’. Reason for this is that the proprietary drivers for the hardware might not be available for OS version that we are upgrading to & this might lead to system instability.

To revert back to open source drivers, open 'Software & Updates' & select 'Additional Drivers' tab & then select all the open source drivers for your hardware.

  1. Disable 3rd party repositories

This is just a precaution but still you should disable all the 3rd party or Canonical partner repositories from ‘Software & updates’ menu. To disable the repositories,  open 'Software & Updates' & select 'Other Software' tab & uncheck all the selected repositories.

  1. Fully update your system

Before proceeding to up-gradation to latest version, please make sure that you have fully updated system. If you are not updated, run following command from your terminal,

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade


Upgrading from Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04

After we have taken care of all the pre-requisites, its time we upgrade our systems. There are two ways to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 i.e. using Software updater app or using command line. Chances are you might have already gotten a Software updater notification asking you to upgrade to latest version. If that’s not the case you can yourself open Software updater app & search for the updates. You will then be notified that a new version is available & you can then install it.

If planning to upgrade manually via CLI, open terminal & type the following command

$ sudo do-release-upgrade –d

Once the updates are listed on screen, you will be prompted if you want to ‘Continue’ , press ‘y’ & the ‘enter’ to continue. Upgrade will take some time to complete & once your system reboots, you can use Ubuntu 17.04.


Upgrading from 16.04 to Ubuntu 17.04

Process for upgrading to Ubuntu 17.04 from 16.04 is bit long, actually its twice as long. We need to first upgrade our system to Ubuntu 16.10 & then to 17.04.

Before we upgrade to 16.10, we need to make change in ‘Updates’ setting in ‘Software & Updates’ menus to show us upgrade to any new version of Ubuntu rather than only ‘Long-term support versions ’, which is default. To do so, click on ‘Updates’ tab in ‘Software & updates’ menu & select the option ‘For any new version’ from drop-down menu of ‘Notify me of a new Ubuntu version’.

Next upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10 by running

$ sudo do-release-upgrade –d

from the terminal & once the system has been upgraded to 16.10, again run

$ sudo do-release-upgrade –d

to upgrade the system OS to Ubuntu 17.04

So this completes our tutorial, in our next tutorial we are create a Fresh system with clean install of Ubuntu 17.04. If you are facing any issues in upgrading to 17.04, please do mention those in the comment box below.

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