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Installing Linux from a USB Pendrive

Linux on an USB drive.
This is a tutorial on how to install a version of Linux from an iso file by booting it from an USB Pendrive. In this tutorial we are going to help you install the latest version of Ubuntu, The Quantal Quetzal. We prefer you use a 64bit version if you have more than 4GB of RAM available.

  1. Download the version of the Linux iso file you want to install on your PC. 
  2. Download and Install 'LinuxLive' (LiLi) , a software to write the iso file into the USB drive.  - Download.
  3. After installing LiLi on your PC, open it and follow these steps in order,
  4. In Step 1 on Linux Live, Select the USB drive on which you want to boot linux from.
  5. In Step 2 select 'ISO/IMG/ZIP'.
  6. At Step 3 select Live mode to use it live and install it. Add very little persistence memory if you wish to install.
  7. In Step 4, select to hide files in USB drive and format the Pendrive.
  8. Now after a while a small text will appear at the bottom of Lili, saying the LinuxLive key is now up and ready.
  9. Now restart your PC, go to BIOS and change Boot Priority to USB and reboot.
  10. Now your PC will boot from USB drive and you will be shown options to install Ubuntu.

The user interface of LinuxLive and the steps involved.

You can also use other softwares like UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer and a few other softwares to write your image(.iso) file to a pendrive. We prefer LiLi as we find it quite simple and attractive. You can find a list of other software which can write image file to USB drive here at


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