Install SliTaz to USB from Windows

How to Install SliTaz to a USB Flash Drive using Windows. This Tiny Linux distribution is a very fast running free operating system that can be run entirely from system memory. Founded by Christian Lincoln, it 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 core team, along with Cedric Tissieres of Ophcrack have developed their own Slitaz USB tool called tazusb.exe that can be used to create a bootable Live USB of the distribution, from within a running Windows environment.

SliTaz Linux Live USB

SliTaz Linux Live USB

Distribution Home Page:

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 32MB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Essentials to create the Live Bootable USB:

  • Windows Computer to run the conversion tool.
  • 32 MB or larger USB Flash Drive.
  • tazusb.exe or the Universal USB Installer (UUI) to perform the conversion.
  • Cooking or Rolling ISO file.

How to Install SliTaz on USB using Windows

  1. Download either the rolling or cooking ISO.
  2. Insert your USB Flash Drive.
  3. Download tazusb.exe and run it. Then follow the onscreen instructions. Alternately you can use the Universal USB Installer or YUMI Multiboot USB Tool if you plan to add additional ISOs later on.
  4. Reboot your PC and set your system BIOS or boot menu to boot from the USB device. Then boot.

If all goes well, you should now be USB booting into the desktop of this tiny Linux distribution.

To enable persistence which allows you to save and then restore changes on subsequent boots, simply type slitaz home=usb at the Boot prompt. You need to do this before every boot. Or alternately, you can edit your /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg file to permanently automate your persistent boots, by adding the following to the syslinux append line.

append initrd=/boot/rootfs.gz rw root=/dev/null vga=normal autologin slitaz home=usb