Ubuntu OEM Install (Using any Ubuntu ISO Image)

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Ubuntu OEM Install (Using any Ubuntu ISO Image)

While installing Ubuntu we would have surely heard a term Ubuntu OEM installation. But have you ever wondered what is Ubuntu OEM install?

Ubuntu OEM install is used by the computer manufacturer or resellers who want to install Ubuntu on computers they sell to their customers and also it is used by the people who want to sell or give their computer to somebody else.

In this tutorial, we are going to see the meaning of OEM mode in Ubuntu and step by step guide for installing Ubuntu in OEM mode.

What does OEM Mode in Ubuntu Really Means

The acronym “OEM” means “Original Equipment Manufacturer”. OEM is anybody (individual, association, or company) that needs to pre-install Ubuntu.

Most of the time, when a manufacturer needs to pre-install Ubuntu on a computer, they do not know any information about the customer like his/her username, hostname, etc.

So the manufacturer installs Ubuntu in OEM mode where they don’t need to fill in any customer details, and that the system later asks the customer him/herself for that information and that’s what an OEM mode in Ubuntu means.

Now Let’s See How Ubuntu OEM Install is Done.

  • First, We need to attach a DVD or USB drive to the computer which has the Ubuntu ISO image in it.
  • Then we need to boot the computer with the shift key pressed so that we get the OEM installation menu as seen in the below image.
Boot Screen with shift key pressed for ubuntu oem install
  • Now we are in the installer section options menu, To select the OEM install mode we need to hit the F4 key as seen in the below image.
OEM menu came after pressing F4 for ubuntu oem install
  • After selecting OEM install we need to select Install Ubuntu and hit enter.
Starting Ubuntu OEM Install
  • Now we get straight into the batch name selection window. This name is used for bug reporting.
Batch Name Screen
  • After entering the batch name we need to select continue and hit enter.
Entering Batch Name
  • Now we need to choose the keyboard layout then select continue and hit enter.
Choosing keyboard layout
  • Now we need to choose what apps we need to install along with installation (In my case I’m selecting minimal install) then select continue and hit enter.
Choosing apps to install
  • Now we will be selecting the partitioning type such as standard partition, LVM or something else then select install now and hit enter.
choosing partition type
  • In the confirmation popup, we need to select continue and hit enter.
confirming partition type
  • Now we need to select our region (In my case India) then select continue and hit enter.
choosing region
  • Now we need to create temporary username and password for OEM user, Make sure to remember the password then select continue and hit enter.
creating temporary username & password for oem user
  • Now our Ubuntu OEM installation has begun. We need to wait for the installation to complete.
Ubuntu OEM Install has begun
  • After installation is complete we will see a popup window saying us to restart the computer here select restart now and hit enter.
Ubuntu OEM Install complete
  • After reboot, the computer will be automatically log in with the temporary OEM user.
OEM user home screen

Now we can do any additional installation of software, drivers, or configure the system as desired. When we are done we need to click on prepare for shipping to the end-user.

  • After that in the popup window, we need to enter the OEM user password which we have set at the time of installation and hit enter. This removes the OEM user on the next boot.
confirm shipping

Now our Ubuntu OEM install is done and now we can power off the computer and the computer is ready to ship to the end-user.

When the end-user boots the computer for first time he will be taken to the system setup wizard where he will be able to set his location, keyboard layout, user name, etc.


Now we know what is Ubuntu OEM mode and how Ubuntu OEM install is done.

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