How to install Linux from a USB drive.

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Wubi is outdated and only works with Ubuntu. This method uses not only Ubuntu but other Linux Distro's too.

Download Linux Live USB Creator.


Before you use this make sure your USB drive is formatted in FAT32 or FAT and there needs to be at least 810MB free space left.

  • step 1: choose a USB key or drive in the list
  • step 2: select an ISO file or a CD (if you don't have an ISO or CD then you can select an ISO from the drop downlist to download)
  • step 3: choose the size of persistent data (usually between 250 MB and 2 GB) This bascially saves all the settings when running the OS in live mode.
  • step 4: check the options you want
  • step 5: click the lightning button to start the creation
The application has a traffic light system to tell you certain things.
  • Red light: the step has not been carried out correctly, you cannot start creating a Live USB key
  • Orange light: there is a non blocking problem during this step, you can still start the creation
  • Green light: everything is fine.
Once the USB drive has been created. Go into the BIOS of the PC you want to install Linux on and make sure you set it so that the PC can boot from a USB drive. Save the settings, and then insert your USB drive and reboot the PC. If you did everything correctly it will boot into a Live version of Linux from where you can see if everything works and then you can install it from there.