Install SliTaz to USB from Windows

How to Install SliTaz to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. SliTaz Linux is a tiny and very fast running free operating system that can be run entirely from system memory. Founded by Christian Lincoln, SliTaz is one of the smallest portable Linux distributions available and can be stored and run directly from a USB key or other removable media.  The SliTaz team anlong with  Cedric Tissieres of Ophcrack have developed their own  SliTaz USB installer called tazusb.exe that can be used to create a SliTaz Live USB from within a running Windows environment.

SliTaz Cooking Desktop Screenshot

SliTaz Cooking Desktop Screenshot

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Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 32MB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Essentials to create a USB SliTaz:

  • Windows Computer to perform the install
  • 32 MB or larger USB Key
  • tazusb.exe
  • SliTaz Cooking ISO

How to Install SliTaz on USB using Windows

  1. Download the SliTaz Cooking ISO
  2. Insert your USB Flash Drive
  3. Download and run tazusb.exe and follow the onscreen instructions to create a bootable SliTaz USB Flash Drive (or alternately you can use our Universal USB Installer).
  4. Reboot your PC and set your BIOS boot menu to boot from the USB device

If all goes well, you should now be running from your own portable USB SliTaz

To enable SliTaz Persistence for persistently saving SliTaz changes, simply type slitaz home=usb at the Boot prompt. You will need to do this at every boot.

Alternately, you can edit the append line in /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg file to automate your SliTaz persistent boots by adding slitaz home=usb.
append initrd=/boot/rootfs.gz rw root=/dev/null vga=normal autologin slitaz home=usb