Installation guide

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Pre-installation: update following - even though the February ISO will still support i686, I don't think it makes sense to keep encouraging to use it from here
== Pre-installation ==
Arch Linux should run on any [[w:P6 (microarchitecture)|i686]] or [[w:X86-64|x86_64]] -compatible machine with a minimum of 256 MB RAM, or 512 MB for x86_64. A basic installation with all packages from the {{Grp|base}} group should take less than 800 MB of disk space. As the installation process needs to retrieve packages from a remote repository, a working internet connection is required.
Download and boot the installation medium as explained in [[:Category:Getting and installing Arch]]. You will be logged in on the first [[w:Virtual console|virtual console]] as the root user, and presented with a [[Zsh]] shell prompt; common commands such as {{man|1|systemctl}} can be [[w:Command-line completion|tab-completed]].