Run Linux Mint from a USB Flash Drive

Run Linux Mint from a USB Flash Drive by using Windows to create the Linux Mint Live USB. In the following tutorial, we cover one way to use the Universal USB Installer to create your own Portable Linux Mint USB Flash Drive from Windows. Headed by Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint is generally based on Ubuntu or Debian (depending on the version).  Key features include; new software manager, new backup tool, streamlined look and feel, quicker boot times and much more.

Linux Mint shown running from a Bootable USB

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Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 2GB+

Persistent Feature: Yes

USB Linux Mint Flash Drive creation essentials:

  • Computer that can boot from USB
  • Running Windows Operating Environment
  • USB Flash Drive (Fat32 formatted)
  • Linux Mint ISO
  • Universal USB Installer

How to Create a Linux Mint Bootable USB Flash Drive

  1. Download and run Universal USB Installer, then select Linux Mint and follow the onscreen instructions.
  2. Reboot your PC and set your system BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device. Save your changes and reboot booting from the USB memory stick.

Upon reboot, you should be running your very own Live USB Linux Mint (Portable Linux Mint) from your flash memory stick.

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