Create a Fedora Live USB from Windows

Create a Fedora Live USB. The following tutorial covers how to create and boot Fedora from a flash drive using Windows and the Fedora Media Writer. 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 Open Source software and will always remain free to use, study, modify and or redistribute.

Distribution Home Page: Project Page
Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB
Persistent Feature: Yes

  • Windows host PC
  • USB flash drive
  • Fedora Media Writer

NOTE: When using this tool, your memory stick will be resized to the size of your chosen ISO file. The drive will then work like a CD ROM and no longer be detected by Windows as a regular USB flash device. When you've finished playing with Fedora, you can perform a flash drive recovery to restore your USB back to full capacity.

How to Create a Fedora Live USB

To use the Fedora Media Writer to create a Fedora Live bootable USB:

  1. Download the Fedora Media Writer
  2. Run the .exe and proceed to install the program to your PC.
  3. Launch the program from your Computer.
  4. Select an Image Source, and then click Next:
    Select Fedora Image Source
  5. Choose your destination USB Drive, and then click Write
    WARNING: The contents of your USB will be overwritten. Make sure you have backed up your content before proceeding:
    Fedora Media Writer - Select USB Drive
  6. The program will proceed to write the contents of the ISO file to your USB drive using a direct copy method.
    Fedora Media Writer - Writing

A progress bar will indicate the progression of your USB Fedora Live creation. Once the process has finished, simply close the program.

Fedora Live USB

Then restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from USB, and proceed to boot.

If all goes well, you should now be booting into your own portable Live USB Fedora.

Note: You might also consider using YUMI to Boot multiple ISOs from one USB drive. YUMI can make a Multisystem bootable flash drive containing several Linux Operating Systems, Windows Installers, PE, Antivirus tools, and computer diagnostic utilities.