Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Zero

Windows: how to load the SD Card

Note that you will need an SD card with at least 8GB of storage to install.

First, download and install SD Card Formatter and Win32 Disk Imager:

SD Card Formatter:

Win 32 Disk Imager:

Download the image file that you’d like to install. Image files are named by their version. is the image file for ExEFIS version 2.0. mwavionics_ver20d is the development version of that image that contains the QT5 development packages as well as gdb server.

Image version 2.0 is here:

Once you’ve got SD Card Formatter, Win32 Disk Imager, and the image downloaded (and unzipped) you’re ready to start.

First, insert the SD Card into the PC and Format it using SD Card Formatter. A Quick Format is sufficient:


Next, close SD Card Formatter and Launch Win32 Disk Imager and start writing the image. Note that this can take a while. Select the image file that you’ve downloaded unzipped, make sure that the drive letter is correct for the SD card, and press “write”.

You’ll get a warning about corrupting the device. That’s ok. Press yes and the write will start.


On completion, you’ll get a “scan and fix” warning from Windows. Continue without scanning. This warning is because the card is imaged as a linux disk image, Windows doesn’t like it.

Now that the image is installed on the sd card, we need to configure it by preloading files.

The first thing to setup is the wireless network and ssh.

Copy both ssh and wpa_supplicant.conf to the root directory of the SD Card. They are available here:



Verify the files are on the drive, then edit wpa_supplicant.conf using a text editor. I recommend Notepad ++. Regular notepad in windows seems to not terminate the line endings correctly. Add your network information to the network block.

Now that we have the image setup for wireless network connection, and have enabled ssh access, we need to setup the configuration to match the hardware. Copy the config.txt file to the root of the sd card also:


Now you’re ready to put the SD card in the Raspberry pi and boot it up.

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