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Ubuntu Live USB- How to Create Ubuntu Live USB on Windows 10

How to make Ubuntu Live USB(Bootable Ubuntu USB) on Windows 10 OS

Create Ubuntu Live USB


buntu Live USB: If you are looking forward to switch to Ubuntu but not sure how to do that? You are at the right place. This article will guide you through the process of choosing the suited Ubuntu Distro and downloading the corresponding iso file from the official Ubuntu and then burning it to a USB and thereby making it a Ubuntu Live USB(Bootable Ubuntu USB). We have taken it step by step with images so that it can be very easy for the beginners to follow up. Check out: Ubuntu Bootable USB on Linux using balena Etcher.

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Prerequisites of the process:

1.USB Stick(Minimum of 4 GB)
2.USB Image file(iso file)
3.Rufus(USB Burning tool)

Choosing your Linux Ubuntu Distro for the first time:

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or Ubuntu 19?
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?                                                                Ubuntu 19.10?

Ubuntu is a good choice of the various Linux Distros available. However, to this date, there are two releases of Ubuntu available that are up to date. The following are them.

  • Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS(Bionic Beaver): LTS refers to Long term support. This release will be receiving support and updates for a long time(Maintenance update till 2022 & Extended Security maintenance until 2027).
  • Ubuntu 19.10(Eoan Ermine): Unlike LTS, Ubuntu 19.10 is an interim release and hence it has a lifetime and support for only one year(appx). For now, it is the most advanced Ubuntu Release. After the end of its cycle, you can update the release to the next available release which will be Ubuntu 20.10.
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You can choose any of the above distros. Both of them are equally good and the most advanced Ubuntu Distros. Hence it is totally up to you. For the explanation purpose, I am proceeding with Ubuntu 19.10 iso file.

Up to this date, The above are the latest releases of Ubuntu. In the upcoming days, new releases may come. However, the process remains the same for creating Ubuntu Live USB.

Download Ubuntu Image file(iso) from Official Canonical:

Ubuntu Image file from Canonical
Ubuntu Image file from Canonical                             Courtesy: Canonical

Canonical is the company that releases Ubuntu Distributions and provides commercial support for them. The following link will take you to the official Ubuntu(Canonical) page from which you can download the corresponding image(iso) file.

The required Ubuntu Image file can be downloaded from the official Canonical. It can be either Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS or Ubuntu 19.10 based on your preference.

Download Rufus USB Burning Tool from Official Rufus:

Note: Rufus is a portable file and hence it does not require installation and can be copied to other devices.
  • Download Rufus from Official Rufus.
  • Kindly download the latest version of Rufus.

How to Create Ubuntu Live USB using Rufus on Windows 10:

Looking to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10?
Note: Make sure that the USB Stick that you are going to use is empty or if you have any files, then kindly take a backup of them or else you will lose those files.

Now that we are all set, it is time to create Ubuntu Live USB using Rufus on Windows 10 operating system.

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  1. Stick your USB to Windows 10.
  2. Open Rufus now.
  3. Under Drive Properties and on Device, you can find that your USB Stick is selected.
    Note: If you have plugged a number of USB Sticks or a USB Stick or SD card then you may have to drop down the Device and choose your USB.
    Selected Device
    Selected Device
  4. By default, Boot selection will be “Disk or ISO image(Please select)“. Leave the option as such.
    Disk or ISO Image
    Disk or ISO Image
  5. Nextly, click on Select.
  6. All we need to do is fetch the downloaded Ubuntu image file(iso) that we have downloaded. Click Open.
    Locate the download image file
    Locate the download image file
  7. Leave the options “Persistent partition size, Partition scheme as MBR, and Target system as BIOS or UEFI.
    Leave it to default values
    MBR and BIOS or UEFI
  8. Under Format Options, you can find that the Volume label has been created automatically. Let it be that way.
    Volume label
    Volume label
  9. Finally, leave the File system and Cluster size to their Default values that are FAT32 and 16 kilobytes.
    FAT32 and 16 kilobytes
    FAT32 and 16 kilobytes
  10. Click on Start.
  11. Syslinux download will be required. Click on Yes to connect to the internet and download files.
    Make sure that you have an active internet connection.
    Syslinux Download required
    Syslinux Download required
  12. Nextly, ISOHybrid image detected pop-up will appear. Proceed with “Write in ISO Image mode(Recommended)”.
    Write in ISO Image mode(Recommended)
    Write in ISO Image mode(Recommended)
  13. “All data on the selected device will be erased” warning will appear. Click on OK
    As already mentioned, make sure your USB Stick is empty or take a backup of the files on your USB Stick.
    All data on the USB will be erased
    All data on the USB will be erased
  14. The creation of the Ubuntu Live USB will start now. You can find the status of the process on the status bar.
    Status of the process
    Status of the process
  15. It will take 2 to 10 minutes depending on our hardware. Kindly wait. Once the green bar is full of the status Ready, then click on Close.
  16. If you check This PC, you can find your USB Stick has been now converted to a Ubuntu Live USB which can further be used to install Ubuntu on your system.
    Ubuntu Live USB
    Ubuntu Live USB

That is it. We have successfully created Ubuntu Live USB using Rufus on Windows 10. Nextly, you can proceed with installing Linux on your system.

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The above article provides detailed information on Ubuntu Live USB and also provides step by step information along with images for creating Ubuntu Live USB using Rufus tool on Windows 10 operating system. The above process is not only applicable for just Ubuntu but also for any Linux distros image file such as Fedora, and more and thereby making them a Linux Live USB. If you have any Query with the above article, kindly comment it on the comment section and we will revert to you with a solution ASAP. For instant solutions, visit our Forum!!

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