Frequently Asked Question

How can I verify what I am installing is authentic?
Last Updated 8 years ago

To verify the integrity of the installation media, to ensure all is as it should be, one has the option to compare the md5 checksum hashes. The md5 checksum hash downloads are given immediately below the applicable download. When one has downloaded an ISO file for the installing of or for the trying out of Peach OSI, it is recommended to test that the file is correct and safe to use. The md5 calculation gives a checksum (called a hash value), which must equal the md5 value of the individual ISO. (Please note: each different ISO has a different md5 checksum file. The program md5 checksum is designed to verify data integrity using the md5 (Message-Digest algorithm 5) 128-bit cryptographic hash. MD5 hashes used properly can confirm both file integrity and authenticity. In terms of integrity, an md5 hash comparison detects changes in files that would cause errors. The possibility of changes (errors) is proportional to the size of the file; the possibility of errors increase as the file becomes larger. It is a very good idea to run an md5 ckecksum hash comparison when you have a file like an operating system install CD that has to be 100% correct. You can Google md5 checksum for more information and download many free applications that will check any ISO so that you can compare the given md5 checksum hash. For more information on md5 checksum hashes go here.

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