Finding checksums

So I’m trying to slog through downloading and verifying Linux distros and having tons of problems. Most of my issues are in verifying checksums. On the websites that have the downloads they say that the txt files containing all the checksums are contained in the download. But when I open the location where they were downloaded all I see is an iso file, if I try to open it I get a screen that tries to download a program to open the iso. What am I missing here? Where do you guys go to get the checksums for Linux isos? I have seen some walkthroughs explaining how to do this from the Linux side but I’m on Windows…thats why I’m trying to download Linux! I’m sort of stuck in a catch 22 here and could really use some help.

microsoft’s md5 software
looks old but should still do the trick


also, try a minimal install iso, its smaller and less chances at download errors…

What distro are U trying to download?

You calculate it. Within the terminal…

quote from Microsoft help page

To compute the MD5 and the SHA-1 hash values for a file, type the following command at a command line:
FCIV -md5 -sha1 path\filename.ext
For example, to compute the MD5 and SHA-1 hash values for the Shdocvw.dll file in your %Systemroot%\System32 folder, type the following command:
FCIV -md5 -sha1 c:\windows\system32\shdocvw.dll

That’s the command to calculate the checksum correct? I need to know where to find the checksum I’m comparing that against. Like I said in the post, many sites say “the txt file with checksums is downloaded along with the iso” but all I see is the iso.

for that we need to know the site url you are grabbing your iso from.