Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions available today. It is free and open-source and works well with a wide range of computers. A new version of this software is released every six months while the long term release version is released every two years. If you want to try out this operating system then you will need to create a bootable disk in order to install it. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to create an Ubuntu bootable USB on Windows 10.
How To Create An Ubuntu Bootable USB On Windows 10
There are several prerequisites that you will need to satisfy first in order to make the bootable USB.
- USB stick 4GB or larger
- Ubuntu ISO file which you can get at https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop
- Rufus, a USB stick writing tool which you can get at https://rufus.ie/
To create the Ubuntu bootable USB
- Download Rufus and install it in your computer
- Download the Ubuntu ISO file and take note of its location.
- Open Rufus
- Connect a freshly formatted 4GB USB stick drive to your computer.
- Click the Device drop-down menu in Rufus and make sure that the proper USB drive is selected.
- Under Boot selection, select Disk or ISO image. Then, hit the Select button and navigate to the location where you previously downloaded the ISO file, select it and hit the Open button.
- Scroll down to Format Options and make sure that the File system is set to FAT32. Once all the options are in order, hit the Start button to begin creating the Ubuntu bootable USB drive.
- If prompted by the Syslinux prompt, hit Yes to initiate the download.
- At the ISOHybrid image detected prompt, select Write in ISO Image Mode (Recommended) and hit OK to commence the creation of the image.
- Hit OK at the final prompt to confirm the deletion of the data present on the USB flash drive. Depending on your systems specifications and the distribution that you’re using, this might take a little over 2 minutes. When the process is complete, you can close Rufus.
- Once the bootable USB disk is created, leave the USB plugged in and reboot your computer. In case you’re using it on a different computer, plug the bootable USB into the other computer and start the computer.
- At boot time, press the key associated with the boot menu (F2, F10, F8 or F12 on most computers). Then, select the USB disk that you’ve just created and start using Ubuntu without installing it – to use the Live USB feature, click on Try Ubuntu.
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