Install CrunchBang Linux to a Flash Drive in Windows

Create a CrunchBang Linux Bootable USB Flash Drive using Windows. The following tutorial covers the process of installing CrunchBang to a USB Flash Drive from within Windows. CrunchBang Linux was originally a remix based on Ubuntu. It featured a lightweight Open box window manager along with GTK+ applications.  Designed purely for speed with functionality in mind, this project was sadly discontinued. Though followed up by Lithium Linux.

CrunchBang running from a Flash Drive

CrunchBang Linux Desktop Screenshot

Distribution Home Page: (Discontinued) – but now Lithium Linux @

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 2GB

Persistent Feature: Yes


  • CrunchBang ISO
  • Windows PC
  • 2GB or larger Fat 32 formatted USB Flash Drive
  • Universal USB Installer

How to Create a CrunchBang Persistent USB Flash Drive

Ensure Your flash drive is formatted as fat32 before proceeding.

  1. Download and then run the Universal USB Installer.
  2. Select Crunchbang from the list of distros, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Once the script has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and then reboot.

If all goes well, you should finally be booting CrunchBang from your USB device.