The UNetbootin Windows version can be used to easily create a Live Linux USB flash drive from an ISO file. It is a cross platform Live USB creation tool offered for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Many Linux distributions are supported out of the box with custom install options available for Linux distributions that are not.
It is important to mention that at the time of this writing; Live Linux USB flash drives created with this tool do not utilize a persistence feature. The resulting USB Linux install will function just as it does from a CD. By default you will not be able to save and restore your changes.
Additionally, only one distribution can be put on the flash drive. If you wish to store and boot multiple Linux Distributions, system utilities, and Windows Installers, you should use a tool like YUMI – Multiboot ISO to USB
This USB Boot tool was authored by Geza Kovacs. It is released under GNU GPL v2.
Make a Live Linux bootable USB – UNetbootin Windows
The following assumes your working from within Windows and have a current copy of the ISO you wish to convert.
- Download the UNetbootin Windows version.
- Download your favorite Linux ISO.
- Double click the Executable to start the program.
- (1) Click the Diskimage radio box. (2) Browse to select your ISO. (3) Set your target USB drive. (4) Click OK to start the creation.
- Once the installation has completed, click Reboot Now.
- During reboot, Set your system BIOS or boot menu to boot from your flash drive. Restart, and then enjoy running your favorite Live Linux on USB.