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Chapter 6. After the Installation

6.1. Initial Setup
6.2. GNOME Initial Setup
6.3. Common Post-installation Tasks
This chapter describes the initial setup tools which open after you finish the installation, reboot the system, and log in for the first time.
Two separate configuration tools are part of Fedora. If you installed the GNOME desktop environment (the default Fedora environment, installed for example as part of the Fedora Workstation flavor), the GNOME Initial Setup utility will open; for all other graphical environments, the Initial Setup tool serves the same purpose.
Both of these tools will allow you to configure user-specific settings which have not been configured during the installation. Some of the settings are available both in the graphical installer (or as Kickstart commands) as well as in the initial-setup utilities; in that case, they will only be displayed after the first reboot if you skipped them during the installation. This means that, for example, if you configured a user account before the installation finished, you will not be prompted to do so again after the installation completes.

6.1. Initial Setup

The Initial Setup screen is shown after the installation finishes and the installed system boots for the first time, before the first login, assuming the following conditions have been met:
  • Your software selection contained a graphical environment (for example, you installed the system using a Fedora Workstation live image).
  • The graphical environment you have installed is not GNOME Desktop Environment (it provides its own initial setup utility which is described in Section 6.2, “GNOME Initial Setup”).
  • The initial-setup package has been installed.
  • You have not configured every screen available in the graphical installer.
Initial Setup
The main Initial Setup screen. This example shows all options; not all of them may be shown, depending on your configuration.
Figure 6.1. Initial Setup

Initial Setup allows you to configure several system settings. All of these can also be configured during the installation, but they are not required to finish it. Only the settings which have not been configured during the installation will be shown; for example, if you did not create a non-root user account during the installation, Initial Setup will start after the first reboot, and you will be able to configure one. If you configured all available options during the instalaltion, Initial Setup will not be displayed at all.
To configure any aspect of the system available in the utility, click any of the links available in the main window (for example, Create User). Each link leads to a separate screen with separate options; these screens are the same ones which were available during the graphical installation. If you need help, press Help in the top left corner to open a new window containing directions for that screen.
After you finish configuring any screen, press the Done button in the top left corner to return to the main Initial Setup menu. After you finish configuring all settings, click Finish Configuration in the bottom right corner to save all configured settings. The configuration utility will close and you will be able to log in to the system.


It is possible to configure Initial Setup to display all available options, even if they have been already configured during the installation. To do so, you must use a Kickstart file at the start of the installation, and this file must contain the following command:
			firstboot --enable --reconfig
The --reconfig option specifies that all options should be displayed. See Chapter 9, Automating the Installation with Kickstart for information about Kickstart installations.


Normally, it is not possible to return to Initial Setup after you close it and log in to the system. You can make it display again (after the next reboot, before a login prompt is displayed), by executing the following command as root:
# systemctl enable initial-setup-graphical.service
Then, reboot your system.