Run Ubuntu from USB with Persistence

Easily Run Ubuntu from USB Flash Drive with Persistence, using YUMI on Windows. In the following segment, I cover how to Create an Ubuntu bootable USB flash drive from within Windows. Once finished, you should be able to successfully run Ubuntu from USB just as you could from a CD. You might also use the flash drive to Install Ubuntu from USB to a Hard Drive. Here we will also utilize the popular Ubuntu casper-rw casper persistence feature. So that you can persistently save and restore some of your changes on subsequent boots.

Ubuntu is a distribution offered by Canonical Ltd. It was originally based upon and derived from Debian Linux. Having been improved upon, remixed and remastered over time this Open Source Operating System is one of the most well known of Linux distributions. It is used the World over by many, and is Loved by almost everyone who uses it.

Ubuntu running from a Bootable USB

Run Ubuntu from USB bootable flash drive

Distribution Home Page: Project Homepage

Persistence Feature: Yes (Writable or Casper Persistent)


  • Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
  • Ubuntu Live ISO
  • USB flash drive
  • YUMI Multiboot USB Software Tool

How to Run Ubuntu from USB with Persistence using YUMI

  1. Download and launch the -> YUMI Multiboot USB creation software.
  2. (1) Select your Flash Drive from the drop list.
  3. (2) Next, choose Ubuntu for distribution.
  4. (3) Browse to your Ubuntu ISO.
  5. (4) Optionally, set a persistent file size for storing changes, and then Click Create.
    Make a USB Bootable Ubuntu with YUMI
  6. Once the YUMI 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 went well, you should now be booting from your own personal Ubuntu Live USB.

Install Ubuntu from USB

In addition to Running Ubuntu Live, you should also be able to use the flash drive to Install Ubuntu from USB to a hard drive.

Install Ubuntu From USB
Installing Ubuntu From a Bootable USB

Once booted, simply click the Install Ubuntu desktop shortcut to begin installing.