Linux Ubuntu is a free and open-source operating system. If your PC has no DVD drive, you can use the Rufus USB Installer to create bootable USB Linux. This article navigates you through the procedure to create bootable USB Linux in Windows.
- You may read another article about the Ubuntu Installation Guide.
Steps to Create Bootable USB Linux
- Download the Rufus USB Installer from their website or anywhere else. This Rufus USB Installer is a free and open-source application that allows you to finally create bootable USB Linux Ubuntu installer.
- Navigate to where the Rufus USB Installer software is placed on your computer, and start Rufus.
- Click the Device drop-down and select the name of the USB storage drive you just inserted.
- Choose the File System drop-down, and then click “FAT32 (Default).” (Optional)
- Select the Cluster Size drop-down, and then click “4096 bytes (Default).” (Optional)
- Write a new name for the USB storage drive in the New Volume Label field if you want to change the name.
- Ensure that Quick Format, Create a Bootable Disk Using, and Create Extended Label and Icon Files have the boxes to the left of them checked under Format Options. If you using version 3 or more then don’t need to check these.
- Select “FreeDOS” in the drop-down to the right of Create a Bootable Disk Using.
- Click the disc icon or select button to the right of FreeDOS. The Open dialog box appears.
- Go to the place where you placed the Ubuntu installer, select the image file associated with the Ubuntu installer, and then open it. Where you before selected FreeDOS in the Format Options section now says “ISO Image”. A Download essential message may show you to get further Syslinux files to create this file.
- Select “Yes” to get any other Syslinux files. An additional message shows warning you that the ISO you selected is an ISO Hybrid
- Go to “Write in ISO Image Mode” and then select “OK”. Another warning message will show that all the present data are on your USB storage drive will be erased. Just select “OK”.
- Select “Start” the Rufus USB Installer initiates create Bootable USB drive. It will be done when the green improvement bar at the footer of the Rufus software is totally green, and when the message under the improvement bar says Ready.
- Click “Close” when Rufus is finished making the bootable USB Ubuntu installer, and then remove the storage drive from that PC.
- Connect the USB drive to the computer where you want to install Ubuntu on and then switch on the computer.
- Press the necessary combination of keys to get the boot screen.
- From the boot option select the USB drive associated with your newly created USB Ubuntu installer.
Don’t forget to download the right Ubuntu installer. Otherwise, you will get an error message after booting from USB.