Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3

Universal USB Installer aka UUI is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select operating system installed. Other features include; Persistence (if available) – note that casper persistence will only work with fat16 or fat32 formatted drives.

Universal USB Installer (UUI) Screenshots

Universal USB Installer Steps
Universal USB Installer - Progress Window

Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.4.exe – June 30, 2014 – Changes
Update to support newer syslinux version packed with Tails and Clonezilla.

MD5: 39A735E49534DEEFBF98D4116BD03824

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your USB drive must be Fat16/Fat32/NTFS formatted, otherwise Syslinux will fail and your drive will NOT Boot.

Bootable USB Flash Drive Creation Requirements:

  • Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.4.exe
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or WINE to create the USB (Win 98/2K WILL NOT Work!)
  • *Fat16, Fat32, or NTFS Formatted Flash Drive
  • PC with a BIOS that can boot from USB
  • Your Favorite Linux ISO

Feel free to inform me of unlisted Live Linux distributions or version revisions, and I will do my best to update UUI to support them.

Universal USB Installer Recent Changelog:
06/29/14 – Version 1.9.5.4: Update to support newer syslinux version packed with Tails and Clonezilla.
05/29/14 – Version 1.9.5.3: Update Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, and Linux Mint Download Links.
01/16/14 – Version 1.9.5.2: Update to support Desinfect, Antivirus Live CD, Fedora 20, LXLE Desktop, Kon-Boot Purchased, Sparky, SolydX, and Manjaro Linux.
11/24/13 – Version 1.9.5.1: Modify chain.c32 to address Insane Primary (MBR) partition error.
11/22/13 – Version 1.9.5.0: Add OpenSuse 32/64bit Entries.
11/20/13 – Version 1.9.4.9: Fix broken Ubuntu Server options.
11/12/13 – Version 1.9.4.8: Fix broken Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 entry. Reconfigure to auto detect ISO size.
11/09/13 – Version 1.9.4.7: Re-Enable Ubuntu Persistence Features.
11/07/13 – Version 1.9.4.6: Fixed TAILS and Kon-Boot entries. Added Falcon 4 entry.
11/05/13 – Version 1.9.4.5: Wildcard selections to ease user choices, automate config append, and remove manually created config files.
10/17/13 – Version 1.9.4.4: Added Ubuntu, Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu 13.10
09/16/13 – Version 1.9.4.3: Added AOMEI (Disk Cloning tool), and gNewSense.
09/12/13 – Version 1.9.4.2: Drop-down now displays Volume Label, and Capacity of each drive.
09/03/13 – Version 1.9.4.1: Update to support Ubuntu 12.04.3.
08/27/13 – Version 1.9.4.0: Update to support Fusion Linux 16, Peppermint 4. Add persistent option to Ubuntu 13.xx grub loopback.cfg file.
08/01/13 – Version 1.9.3.9: Update to support newer Avira Antivir Rescue Disk.
07/26/13 – Version 1.9.3.8: Update to support Deft Linux 8.
07/10/13 – Version 1.9.3.7: Update to support Knoppix 7.2, Sugar on a Stick 19, Fedora 19, Pear OS 7, Korora 19, and Antix 13.
06/26/13 – Version 1.9.3.6: Update to support Ophcrack 3.6.0, Fix broken Ubuntu Server 12.04.2 Installer/Alternate options.
06/04/13 – Version 1.9.3.5: Update to support Linux Mint 15, and Ubuntu Server 13.10/13.04 Installers.
05/14/13 – Version 1.9.3.4: Update to support Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu Gnome 13.04, and Debian Live 7.
04/25/13 – Version 1.9.3.3: Update to support final release of Ubuntu 13.04, Kubuntu 13.04, Lubuntu 13.04, Xubuntu 13.04, and Edubuntu 13.04.
04/17/13 – Version 1.9.3.2: Update to support REMnux, Linux Mint Debian 201303, Kubuntu 13.04, Lubuntu 13.04, Xubuntu 13.04, and Edubuntu 13.04. Fix some broken links.
03/21/13 – Version 1.9.3.1: Condense Code to make updates easier. Added support for Kali Linux and Tails 0.17.
03/14/13 – Version 1.9.3.0: Correct broken Ubuntu 13.04 i386 Desktop entry.
03/13/13 – Version 1.9.2.9: Update to support Mythbuntu 12.04.2 Desktop amd64, Debian Live 6.0.7. Implement another attempt to address "Insane primary (MBR) partition. Can’t find myself on the drive I booted from" error. Allow Spaces in Unlisted ISO Filenames.
03/12/13 – Version 1.9.2.8: Update to support Ubuntu 12.04.2 Desktop amd64, Ubuntu 12.04.2 DVD amd64, Edubuntu 12.04.2 amd64, and (G4L) Ghost for Linux.
03/08/13 – Version 1.9.2.7: Update to support Ultimate Boot CD 5.2.1, Comodo Rescue Disk 2.0.261647.1, and Elementry Luna. Switch back to Syslinux 4.06. See Additional Help Section for Insane Primary MBR messages.
02/25/13 – Version 1.9.2.6: Update to support Ubuntu 12.04.2. Temporary switch to Syslinux 4.06-pre7 to prevent "Insane primary (MBR) partition. Can’t find myself on the drive I booted from" errors.
02/15/13 – Version 1.9.2.5: Update to support Ubuntu 13.04, Archlinux 2013.02.01, XBMCbuntu 12, and Crunchbang 11.
01/18/13 – Version 1.9.2.4: Update to support Fedora 18. Fixed various broken links.
01/14/13 – Version 1.9.2.3: Update to support Tails 0.16 and Comodo Rescue Disk.
01/11/13 – Version 1.9.2.2: Update to support Debian 6.0.6. Correct several dead links. Fix broken LMDE 201204 Install options.

UUI can create a Bootable UFD containing any of the following:

— Ubuntu 32/64 Bit —

  • Ubuntu Desktop
  • Xubuntu Desktop
  • Kubuntu Desktop
  • Lubuntu Desktop
  • Edubuntu Desktop
  • Ubuntu Studio
  • Ubuntu Server Installer
  • Ubuntu Alternate
  • Mythbuntu Desktop
  • Blackbuntu

— Linux Mint 32/64 Bit —

  • Linux Mint

— Debian Live/Netinst 32/64 Bit —

  • Debian Netinst
  • Debian Live

— Backtrack/Kali Versions —

  • Kali Linux
  • Backtrack

— Fedora 32/64 Bit —

  • Fedora Desktop

— OpenSUSE 32/64 Bit —

  • OpenSUSE 32bit
  • OpenSUSE 64bit

— Puppy Linux Based —

  • Fatdog64
  • Lighthouse Puppy
  • Lucid Puppy
  • Precise Puppy
  • Puppy Arcade
  • Puppy 4.3.1
  • Racy Puppy
  • Slacko Puppy
  • Wary Puppy

— Linux Distros for Kids —

  • DouDouLinux
  • Qimo 4 Kids 2.0
  • Sugar on a Stick

— Other Distros Alphabetical —

  • AOMEI (Disk Cloning and Backup Tool)
  • Acronis Rescue CD
  • Android
  • AntiX
  • ArchBang
  • ArchLinux
  • ArtistX
  • Aurora
  • BackBox
  • Baltix Linux
  • BCCD
  • BlehOS
  • Bodhi
  • Boot Repair Disk
  • Carmedia
  • CentOS
  • Chakra
  • Clonezilla
  • Crunchbang
  • DBAN 2.2.X
  • Deft Linux
  • Deepin Linux
  • DRBL
  • DSL 4.4.10
  • Dreamlinux
  • Dynebolic
  • EASUS Disk Copy
  • EasyPeasy
  • Elementary OS
  • Elementary Unleashed
  • Feather Linux
  • Finnix
  • Fuduntu
  • Fusion Linux
  • Gamedrift
  • Gentoo
  • GEEXBOX
  • gNewSense
  • GRML
  • gOS gadgets
  • GParted
  • Jolicloud
  • Kiwi
  • KNOPPIX
  • Kororaa
  • KXStudio
  • Leeenux
  • Liberte
  • LinHES
  • Linux XP Like
  • LPS
  • Macbuntu
  • Mandriva One 2011
  • Matriux
  • MCNLive Toronto
  • Meego
  • MicroCore
  • Netrunner
  • Ophcrack
  • OSGeo Live
  • Pardus
  • PartedMagic
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Pear OS
  • Peppermint
  • PING
  • Pinguy OS
  • Plasma active
  • PLoP Linux
  • Porteus
  • Redo Backup
  • Rescatux
  • RIP Linux
  • Runt Linux
  • Sabayon Linux
  • SalineOS
  • Satux
  • Simply MEPIS
  • SLAX
  • SliTaZ
  • Sn0wL1nuX
  • SolusOS
  • System Rescue CD
  • Tails
  • Terralinux
  • TinyCore
  • Trisquel
  • Uberstudent
  • Ultimate Boot CD
  • Ultimate Edition
  • WifiWay
  • WifiSlax
  • xPUD
  • XBMC
  • XBMCbuntu
  • StartOS
  • wattOS R5
  • Zenwalk Live
  • Zorin OS

— Live Antivirus Rescue CDs —

  • AOSS (Malware Scanner)
  • AVG Rescue CD
  • Avira Antivir Rescue Disk
  • Bitdefender Rescue CD
  • Comodo Rescue Disk
  • DrWeb LiveCD
  • F-Secure Rescue CD
  • G DATA Antivirus
  • Kaspersky Rescue Disk
  • Panda Safe CD
  • Trinity Rescue Kit

— Other or Non Linux Based Software —

  • Falcon 4 Boot CD
  • Hiren's Boot CD
  • Kon-Boot
  • Windows Vista Installer
  • Windows 7 Installer
  • Windows 8 Installer

— Try to use an Unsupported ISO —

  • Try Unlisted Linux ISO

More Live Linux Distributions will be added as time permits. Feel free to contact me to submit recommendations.

UUI Troubleshooting, Known Issues, Bugs:

UUI Expects the Volume Label of your USB drive to be UUI in order for OpenSUSE, CentOS and several other distributions to boot. UUI attempts to automatically create this Volume Label, however it can sometimes fail. Please ensure that the Volume Label of your USB remains UUI if you expect distributions to boot!

If you're using Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.4.exe and you still receive Insane primary (MBR) partition notices,

Insane primary (MBR) partition. Can’t find myself on the drive I booted from

Your USB drive may be improperly formatted, contains more than one partition or MBR, or your BIOS is not properly detecting the USB drive and it's firmware needs to be updated. You can try these methods to Format and Restore your USB Drive

My PC wont Boot from my Flash Drive, but supports USB boot!

Many Flash Drives ship USB-FDD formatted and some systems will not detect or even boot USB-FDD. I have found that most systems can however boot USB-ZIP, and or USB-HDD. If you are having a hard time getting your BIOS to detect your flash drive, you can try to format it as USB-HDD or USB-ZIP using BOOTICE (GET IT HERE), and then proceed to use Universal USB Installer to put your chosen Distro on USB.

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • If you're running a Windows Vista or 7 Installer from your USB, after the first reboot, remove the flash drive and let the pc complete from the hard disk.
  • When browsing for an ISO, UUI will only display ISO Files that match exactly what the tool is asking for. For example, if you chose to install Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop i386, you should not expect the tool to display your ubuntu-10.10-netbook-i386.iso as you have not chosen to install the netbook variant.

Auto Detection: If you run Universal USB Installer from the same directory containing an installable ISO, the script should Auto Detect the ISO and bypass step 2.

Universal USB Installer auto detection of ISO in same folder

* Although you can use an NTFS formatted USB, Ubuntu based "persistence" features will only work with a Fat16 or Fat32 formatted drive. Additionally some Linux Distributions will not boot from an NTFS formatted USB.

This tool does not support installing and booting from multiple Linux Distributions. Only One Distribution can be installed per USB drive. However, the YUMI Multiboot USB Creator can be used to create a Multi System USB Device.

To try an unlisted ISO, I.E. "Ubuntu 9.10", choose one of the the last two options in Step 1, "Try Unlisted Linux ISO". Please inform me of unlisted "Linux ISOs" you get to work via these options, and I'll add them.

NOTE: OpenSUSE DVD ISOs that exceed 4GB will not work due to the Fat32 limitation.

Ubuntu Server "Failed to copy file from CD-ROM" Error (should be resolved)?

UUI will run in WINE under Linux, once drives are mapped. However, syslinux must be run manually on the USB from Linux. A dedicated Linux based Universal USB Installer is in the works (and will be finished as I have time). You can also visit the "How to install Linux from a Linux CD" section for Live CD based USB Linux installation tutorials, or use another Linux USB Creator.

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