Flash drive installs using Windows Category
How to Make an exFAT Bootable USB flash drive. First we will format the USB with multiple partitions. Install Grub2, and then boot. This method works for both Legacy BIOS and EFI booting. UEFI boot requires the creation of a Fat/Fat32 partition, which is covered in this segment.
How to Install Grub2 on USB from Windows. The following covers the process of installing Grub2 on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows. We will be using the grub-install.exe that ships with the grub-for-windows zip file. Upon completion of these bootloader instructions, your USB flash drive should be Grub2 bootable from UEFI or BIOS on all computer systems.
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Create an Ubuntu Live USB Flash Drive from within Windows. In the following tutorial, we show you an easy way to put Ubuntu on a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Once finished, you should be able to successfully run Ubuntu directly from your Flash Drive just as you could from a Live CD. Here we will also utilize the Ubuntu casper-rw feature via this installation method. So you can rest assured that you will still be able to persistently save and restore your changes on subsequent boots.
Create a xPUD Persistent USB Flash Drive from Windows. xPUD is an intuitive minimal Linux Operating system. It was created by Penk and functions like a Kiosk. xPUD ships with the Firefox Browser, Gnome Media Player, Transmission Bit torrent Client, Geany Text Editor, Gpicview Picture Viewer, EPDFView and Xterm Terminal Emulator. More apps can be installed for other tasks. xPUD is optimized for Netbooks and can be run from a Desktop or Laptop just as well (drivers are available). The entire xPUD Operating environment can boot in just a few seconds from a USB device.
USB Damn Small Linux (DSL)? This is a revisit of the Windows DSL USB installation tutorial: "Putting damn small linux on a USB pendrive". Damn Small Linux was created by John Andrews, and is basically a trimmed down version of an early Knoppix build, making it perfect for smaller drives. Based on the 2.4 kernel, DSL is great to use for older and slower computers as well. It will fit and run on portable devices or drives as small as 64MB.
In the following tutorial, I will show you how we created a USB Parted Magic Flash Drive from within Windows. Parted Magic, created by Patrick Verner, is a fully functional operating system that also offers core programs pulled from GParted and Parted that enable a user to easily perform partitioning tasks. Other useful programs offered in Parted Magic include: Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, and ddrescue. Usage is well documented and ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs formats are supported.
How to Install Knoppix to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and YUMI. Knoppix Linux is another awesome Free and Open Source Live Linux compilation. It was created by Klaus Knopper. Aside from the basic software essentials, it also packs several unique features. Such as a screen reader for the blind. Automatic hardware detection. And last but not least, a persistence feature with encryption capabilities. This persistent option can be used to save and restore your changes on subsequent boots. It is based on Debian GNU/Linux and utilizes a lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
Run DBAN from a Flash Drive: In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a DBAN USB Flash Drive from Windows using our third party Universal USB Installer. Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a simple bootable data destruction tool created by Darik Horn. It can be used to securely wipe an entire hard drive or an attached external disk (IDE or SCSI), completely deleting all contents of the disk. Upon completion, you should be able to run DBAN from your USB device.
In the following section, I will show you how we installed Puppy Arcade to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Puppy Arcade (created by Scott Jarvis), is a remix of Puppy Linux with a strong focus on Console Game Emulation. It includes some of the most popular Console Game Emulation software available for Linux. Of course you will still need to supply your own game ROMS.
Some of the Console Game Systems that can be emulated include; Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Arcade Machines, Colecovision, Commodore (64/128/VIC20/PET), GameBoys (GB, GBC, GBA), GameGear, Genesis, MasterSystem, MS DOS, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, NES/Famicom, PC Engine/TurboGrafix 16, PSX, Scumm, SNES and ZX Spectrum.
Run GParted from a USB Flash Drive using Windows to complete the task. GParted is a popular graphical partition editor headed by Curtis Gedak. This powerful tool that can be used to create, reorganize, and or delete disk partitions. Other Key features include the ability to create multiple partitions, enable or disable the boot flag, Resize a partition, format, and much more. GParted supports ext2/ext3/ext4, FAT16/FAT32, hfs/hfs+, linux-swap, NTFS, reiserfs/4, ufs, xfs file systems. And can also detect RAID devices.
PCLinuxOS is a clean, compact and beautiful Live Linux CD compilation created and headed by Texstar. PCLOS is based on Mandriva Linux and will comfortably fit on a 512MB USB stick. PCLinuxOS, was back in the day, one of my favorite Live Linux distributions. In the following tutorial, I cover one way to run Minime p93a from USB. Upon completion, you should end up with a PCLinuxOS Minime p93a that you can bring with you on a flash drive.
The following tutorial will show you how to create a Fedora 9, 10, 11 + USB flash drive using Windows. Fedora is a Linux distribution that is sponsored by Red Hat and is both driven and maintained by the community. It is comprised of only free and open source software and will always remain free to use, modify and redistribute. Recently, Luke Macken and Kushal Das, both active in the Fedora community have put together an intuitive and super easy to use liveusb-creator which can be used to make a Fedora Live USB flash drive. In addition, USB Fedora utilizes a Persistent feature, enabling a user to save and restore changes on subsequent boots. In the following, we will show you how it works.
Put Lucid Puppy on a USB Flash Drive in Windows. In the following section I will show you one way to put Lucid Puppy "Lupu" on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows by using our Universal USB Installer. Lucid Puppy, coordinated by Barry Kauler is made from a combination of Woof and Canonical's Ubuntu Lucid Lynx release. Although cram packed with popular features, this Linux distribution remains small, weighing in at only 128MB.
Create a Ubuntu NetBook Remix Flash Drive using Windows. Ubuntu NetBook Remix (UNR) is a NetBook oriented Linux Distribution created by Canonical Ltd and based on Ubuntu. By installing UNR to a Thumb Drive, your Live Portable Ubuntu NetBook operating system can then be run directly from the Flash Drive or installed to your Netbook Hard Drive using the same USB Device.
Create an Xubuntu Live USB Flash Drive with Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you a simple method to put Xubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Xubuntu, a product of Canonical Ltd, is essentially a fork of Ubuntu that utilizes the XFCE desktop environment instead of Gnome.
Put Kubuntu on a USB Flash Drive using Windows: Kubuntu is a fork of Ubuntu, offered by Canonical Ltd. It utilizes a KDE desktop environment. KDE is often preferred over Gnome for its visual appearance and Windows familiar functionality. Once finished, your Flash Drive will act as a Live Bootable USB, that could be used in place of the Live CD. A persistent file can optionally be created for saving and restoring changes on subsequent reboots.
How to Put Lubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows: Lubuntu is essentially Ubuntu with an LXDE desktop environment. LXDE is a lightweight X11 desktop environment that is optimal for netbooks and older or slower computers because requires less Processing Power and RAM. In the following, I'll show you how to install Lubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 to a USB Flash Drive from Windows using our Universal USB Installer.
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In this simplified USB Ultimate Boot CD walkthrough tutorial, we will demonstrate How To create a USB bootable Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) Flash Drive using a Windows host PC and our third party Universal USB Installer to create the UBCD Flash Drive. Ultimate Boot CD is an awesome PC diagnostics tool that condenses over 100 useful PC diagnostics and hardware troubleshooting tools into a single easy to use interface.
Sugar on a Stick by sugarlabs.org is a compressed version of Fedora 11 that was created specifically for children as an alternative to the office style desktop. Sugar is essentially a learning platform that promotes collaborative learning through activities that encourage critical thinking. Sugar is currently being used daily in an educational environment by over 1 million children worldwide and is available in 25 languages. Creating your own Sugar on a Stick is relatively straight forward and can be accomplished in just a few clicks by using the Fedora LiveUSB Creator as outlined below.
This walk through illustrates how to do a simple install of RUNT linux on a USB Thumb drive and then boot and run it from USB. RUNT Linux is a super super tiny and very basic Linux version and is only recommended for intermediate to advanced Linux users who prefer to do work without using a graphical interface like X. Beware that RUNT by default does not use a GUI. It's a text only based distro.
How to quickly Install RIP Linux to a USB Flash Drive from Windows. RIP Linux (Recovery Is Possible) is a Salckware based distribution created by Kent Robotti. It can be used for system recovery and maintenance. RIP Linux ships packed full of useful tools such as TestDisk (recover deleted partitions), GParted, fdisk, cfdisk, parted (partiton managers), PhotoRec (recover deleted files), ntfsprogs (for managing ntfs filesystems) and much more.
RIP Linux can be booted into an X Window environment or run without a GUI. Both 32bit and 64 bit kernels are available within the same installation.
The following walk-through will illustrate how we installed Feather Linux to a USB flash pen drive through Windows and then made Feather boot from the USB device. Feather is yet another very small (under 128MB) clean and simple Knoppix Linux remix (based on Debian) that is straight forward and easy to use. The following tutorial covers the process of installing Feather to a USB device using Windows to produce the USB version.
Create a Ubuntu Server Edition USB Installer from Windows: The following process covers one way to put Ubuntu Server Edition Installer on a USB Flash Drive using a Windows PC and our third party Universal USB Installer to create the drive. Upon completion, you can use your Flash Drive to install Ubuntu Server Edition on a computer that can boot from a USB device. Very useful if your PC does not have a CD/DVD Drive.
Create a PUD Linux USB Flash Drive using Windows. In the following tutorial, we cover the process of installing PUD Linux to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our custom installation script. PUD Linux is a tiny 259MB Ubuntu based remix. It utilizes an (LXDE) Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment and a unique Modular Opt-Get Plugin System to add additional software applications.
The following tutorial covers the process of installing MooLux Linux LIVE to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. MooLux is a Live USB Linux distribution based on Slackware that utilizes the KDE desktop environment. MooLux is a portable operating system that can be taken with you containing tools for Internet browsing, email, chat, multimedia, office and software for C, Python, Perl programming tasks.