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I would like to use the work computer to create the bootable USB

I need bootable USB disk for my home computer.

I'm not administrator on the work computer, so I can't execute the installer.

Is there another way?

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Unfortunately not. Non-administrators can not change the MBR.

Maybe if you have the Virtual box at work. And have access to USB.

It is also possible to write a bootable CD. Use the application Brasero.

You could ask your IT department at work to make a bootable USB for you.

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If you can boot the Ubuntu Live CD, (or Live USB), you should be able to run Startup Disk Creator.

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If you can boot an Ubuntu live CD/DVD/USB, you have administrator rights (in the live system). –  Eliah Kagan Jan 31 '13 at 7:38
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unetbootin (for windows) does not need admin rights to create bootable USB sticks from the distro of choice.

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Unetbootin does use admin rights just format the drive and copy all the data from the iso image to the usb. It worked for me! Hope this helps anyone.

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