Install SLAX to a USB Flash Drive using Windows

How to create a Portable SLAX USB Flash Drive. This guide will show you how to easily install SLAX to a portable USB device via Windows. SLAX is a small Live Linux CD distribution created by Tomas Matejicek. SLAX is basically a stripped down version of Slackware Linux. It uses the unification file system or (unionfs) allowing a read only filesystem to behave as a writable filesystem which allows the user to save system wide changes without a secondary persistent partition.

Newer versions of Slax (6.0.3+) appear to include install scripts and persistence is automatic.

SLAX 6.0.3 Screenshot:

SLAX 6.0.3 Screenshot

Distribution Home Page: Slax.org

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 256MB

Persistent Feature: Yes

USB SLAX creation Basic essentials:

  • A 256MB or larger USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
  • SLAX-6.x.x.tar
  • 7-Zip or other archive extraction tool
  • Windows Host to perform the USB install

SLAX USB installation tutorial:

This tutorial is obsolete! This tutorial or version of Linux is old. Please use the Universal USB Installer instead, as it can be used to install the latest version.

  1. Download the SLAX for USB .tar file
  2. Using 7-Zip extract the files from the slax-6.x.x.tar to the root of your USB stick
  3. Navigate to the boot folder on your "USB device" and click bootinst.bat (Click Continue if the following error appears)
  4. BackTrack Error

  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to make the device bootable
  6. Once the USB install script has finished, reboot your computer and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device
  7. Save your BIOS settings. On the next reboot, you should have a successful launch of your USB SLAX Linux compilation
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