Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on building my new Raspberry Pi; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

The first time you start the Raspberry Pi, it will automatically load the System Configuration Tool; this is where you can change a number of settings like the password, language or network settings.

I’m going to run throuhg the settings I changed, starting with option 1; change the user password:

Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool menu with Change User Password selected

Hit OK on the confirmation dialog:

You will now be asked to enter a new password for the pi user

Enter your password and then click OK on the confirmation dialog:

Password changed successfully

Next, I’m going to change the Localisation options:

Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool menu with Localisation Options selected

Select Change Locale:

Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool Localisation Options menu showing Change Locale selected

Select your locale from the list and hit the right cursor key to move down to the OK button. I selected the following locale:

en_GB.UTF-8 UTF8

You will then be prompted to set a default locale for the system and then click OK:

Select default system locale

Scroll down and select Network Options:

Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool menu showing NetWork Options selected

Select Hostname:

Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool Network Options menu with Hostname selected

Click OK on the dialog explaining the valid characters for the hostname:

Valid characters for hostname dialog

Enter your new hostname and click OK; I’m planning to use this machine as a Pi-Hole so have used an obvious name:

Please enter a hostname

When prompted click Yes to reboot the Raspberry Pi:

Would you like to reboot now?

To access the System Configuration Tool again in future, you can use the following command:

sudo raspi-config

Full details of how System Configuration Tool works is available on the official site.

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi

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