UNetbootin-Create Bootable Linux Live USB Drives From Windows or Linux

Written By Sam on 8 February 2010

UNetbootin helps you in creating bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without burning to CD. You can download either one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box or if not listed then supply your own Linux.iso file. UNetbootin requires Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista or Linux and a broadband internet connection for downloading the distribution’s ‘.iso’ file.

Features of UNetbootin for Windows and Linux

  • UNetbootin creates a bootable Live USB Drive or it makes a “frugal install” on your hard disk if there is no USB drive.
  • Distributions are loaded automatically by downloading their ISO(CD image) files, or by using the existing ISO files, floppy/hard disk images or kernel/initrd files for installing other distributions.
  • The current version has built-in support for automatically downloading and loading the following distributions:
  • Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Arch Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Elive, Zenwalk and many more.
  • UNetbootin can be used to load various system utilities which includes: parted Magic, SystemRescueCD, Super Grub Disk, Dr. Web Antivirus, Kaspersky Rescue Disk, FreeDOS, Smart Boot Manager and many more.

Installation and Usage of UNetbootin

  • If you are using windows, run the file, select the distribution, floppy/hard disk image, or kernel/initrd to load, then select target drive then reboot once.
  • If you are already using Linux, make the files executable (use chmod) then start the application, you will be prompted for your password to grant the application administrative rights, then appears the main dialog where you have to select a distribution and install target then reboot when prompted.
  • After rebooting, if you created a Live USB drive as your install target drive, press the appropriate button while the computer is starting up to get to your BIOS boot menu and then select the USB drive as the startup target, if there is no boot selection option then go to the BIOS setup menu and change the startup order to boot USB by default.

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