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I've downloaded Ubuntu desktop (the .iso file that is) on a windows 7 machine and want to create a bootable USB stick in order to install it onto a laptop which currently has no OS. Is there a way to do this?

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Tried using Universal-USB_installer and unetbootin on windows 7. Both seem to create the flash drive ok but when I connect to my notebook and switch on it just freezes. It's a black screen with the message "SYSLINUX 4.06 EDD 4.06-pre1 Copyright (c) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et al" at the top. –  Oli Jun 20 '12 at 10:00
    
This seems to be a problem with the latest version. I downloaded version 10.04 and this has installed absolutely fine. Is 12.04 significantly better than this older version and is it worth pursuing trying to get it working? –  Oli Jun 21 '12 at 11:17
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Unetbootin has always worked for me. There is also a utility on the ubuntu disk as well. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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There are a number of free programs you can install to do this for you.

The ubuntu website recommends 'Pendrivelinux', which you can download here.

After downloading Pendrivelinux you can follow the directions found here: create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

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You can install using a USB thumb drive use one with a capacity of 2GB or larger.

Download the ISO image you need either 32bit or 64bit. You also need to download a piece of software that will allow you to create a bootable USB drive from the ISO.

For Windows, try Universal USB Installer Universal USB Installer and follow the instructions of the program on how to create the bootable USB.

Once the ISO is written to the USB drive, use it to boot from it, make sure that your system is set to boot from USB, and follow the installation instructions as they come up on the screen.

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UnetBootin is probably the best option for you since its cross-platform.

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Unetbootin & Pendrive Linux are very good and easy to use. Have a look at the official guide on creating a bootable usb :

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

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