Create Ubuntu Live USB in Windows in a few Simple Steps
LinuxBytes: Here in this simple beginners guide to Ubuntu you will learn How to create a Ubuntu Live USB using Windows Operating system.
Planning to switch to the world of Linux where you are the boss of your machine. Yes, Linux offers you a great freedom and yes that’s the power of Open Source software ecosystem. Unlike other operating systems (Windows and Mac) Linux gives you complete control of your computer without compromising on security.
If you are here then you might have definitely made your mind to switch to Linux or at least thought of trying a Linux.
Installing a Linux Operating System like Ubuntu is very easy and the first step of doing it is to create a bootable USB of your favourite Linux distribution. As Ubuntu is one of the beginner friendly Linux distribution you will learn how to create Ubuntu Bootable USB stick.
Why Should you Create Ubuntu Bootable USB?
Creating a bootable USB is the first step one must do to install or test their favourite Linux distribution. With a Ubuntu bootable USB, you can try all the features of Ubuntu without installing it on to your PC. Also, Ubuntu Live USB lets you install Ubuntu on your PC.
This is why you need a Ubuntu Bootable USB. So to create a Ubuntu Live USB on Windows follow the below instructions.
Creating an Ubuntu Live USB (Step-by-Step)
To quickly create an Ubuntu Live USB follow the below step-by-step guide. You don’t need any technical experience to create and all you need is basic knowledge of Operating Systems.
- Task: Creating a Ubuntu Live USB.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Expertise: Beginners
Step 1: Downloading Latest Ubuntu ISO
This is the first step to create an Ubuntu Live USB. You need to download the latest Ubuntu ISO. To do that visit the official Ubuntu Downloads page to choose your favourite Ubuntu distribution. As of writing this, the most stable LTS release of Ubuntu is Version 18.04 LTS.
You can also choose other versions of Ubuntu as well. Pick the Ubuntu desktop distro that you wish and download its ISO file.
It is a good practice to perform a checksum on ISO file you downloaded from the internet to check the integrity of the downloaded file.
Based on your Internet speed the download will take sometime.
Step 2: Download the utility to Create bootable USB
As you now have the Ubuntu ISO file, to continue to next step you need a software utility that can create the bootable USB disk. There are many free tools available. The most popular ones are Universal USB Installer, Rufus, UNetBootin and Etcher.
In this tutorial, we will be using Rufus which can be downloaded from the below source. Rufus is lightweight and is quick in creating bootable USB disks.
Step 3: Creating the Bootable Live USB
Now that we have everything in hand and it’s time to create a bootable USB. Insert the USB drive into the socket. Make sure you backup everything to prevent data loss as it will be formatted during the process.
Launch the Rufus Utility and follow the below instructions
- Select the respective USB Drive from the first drop down.
- Under the Boot Selection Menu add the downloaded ISO file of Ubuntu.
- To add Click on Select button and Navigate to the download location of ISO and add it.
- Choose MBR Partition Scheme and BIOS/UEFI as Target System.
- Additionally, You can name your USB drive.
- Choose the Default Format options and when everything is ready you will see the Ready option turn Green.
- When everything is ready Click on the Start button and Rufus Will take care of everything.
You will see a prompt when the whole process is complete. Usually, it takes some time to finish the process and the time factor depends on R/W speeds of USB and drive and your PC hardware.
So this is how you can create a Ubuntu Live USB on Windows. The process is pretty much same for other Linux distributions as well. Rufus supports many Linux distributions. With Rufus and the ISO file the distribution you can create Live USB for every distribution.
You can use the Bootable Live USB drive to test the Ubuntu or any other distribution without installing it on your Work PC. It can also be used to install the OS later.
To Boot from the USB restart your machine and press F2 or F10 or F12 (depending upon your system) to access the boot menu. Now modify BIOS settings to boot from USB and save the changes.
Keep the USB Plugged in and restart the PC to boot from USB and test your Linux distribution without install using the Live USB.