How To Install BackTrack 5

How To Install BackTrack 5

Even though BackTrack is no longer being maintained (now Kali), you can still download and use the last version.

Once you have the BackTrack ISO installed and on a disk, here is the step-by-step process on how to install it to the drive.


When first booting the disk, hit enter.

First booting BackTrack.

Next, you can wait 30 seconds for the automatic boot or hit enter to speed things up. This will load the default text mode.

The list of boot options into BackTrack.

Wait for BackTrack to boot into text mode. Type startx and hit enter to load the GUI.

Boot into BackTrack's GUI.

Once the desktop loads, you can click on the Install BackTrack icon to start the installation.

Installing BackTrack from ISO.

Choose your language on the left side and select Forward in the bottom right corner.

Choose Language during BackTrack installation.

Select your Region and Time Zone. Click Forward when set.

Select region and time zone during BackTrack installation.

Choose your keyboard layout (default layout is USA). When set, click Forward.

Select keyboard layout during BackTrack installation.

Select whether to use entire disk (erasing anything previously written on the HDD) or create a manual partition. Once selected, click Forward.

Prepare disk space during BackTrack Install.


Double check your settings. If ready, click Install.

Confirm settings before BackTrack installs.


BackTrack will now install to the drive.

Copying files during BackTrack installation.


As soon as the installation is complete, you will be required to reboot the system.

BackTrack installation complete, requires reboot.

Once the system reboots, you must log in.

Login: root    Password: toor

Log in to BackTrack using the default user and password.

Once logged in, you will be back in text mode. Type startx to continue to the GUI.

Boot into BackTrack's GUI.


Congratulations, you have successfully installed BackTrack 5 to your system.



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