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I'm using a 4Gig USB thumbdrive to create a bootable USB stick on Windows to Install Ubuntu 12.10. I've been using this page for step by step instructions,

I had no problems with the guide and now have the USB thumb set up, after I set the USB thumb drive as first priority in the boot order I save the settings and windows continues to load even though I selected boot from USB before the Hard drive.

The thumb drive stays plugged in the entire time, this is my second attempt at trying Linux. I first tried installing it from Windows but because I have an UEFI motherboard it is not compatible. I would have already tried the CD/DVD method but I do not have any, any help would be appreciated.

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What machine is it? If Secure Boot (shudder) is enabled, you need to disable it before the computer will boot Linux. – Linuxios Feb 2 '13 at 23:22
It was enabled, after a quick search on what "Secure Boot" is I disabled it, however I still can not boot from the thumb drive. Is this what the drive is suppose to look like? – user128125 Feb 3 '13 at 0:25

Try to stick restore as described here

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Eric Carvalho Feb 3 '13 at 13:17
I downloaded the Torrent from that link, after the Torrent was done I downloaded the USB installer. From the USB installer I selected Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop, then I selected the 11.10 Desktop ISO from the torrent. After that I selected my formatted (fat32) 4gb USB thumb drive, making sure I selected the right drive I then clicked create. After the program complete successfully – user128125 Feb 3 '13 at 17:41
I navigated to the USB thumb drive on my computer, I opened it up and ran "wubi". After opening "wubi" I selected "Demo and full installation" after that choosing to "reboot now" from the next page. However, before doing any of this I made sure my boot order was "USB,CD/DVD, Hard-drive" in my bios, I also double checked to make sure secure boot was still disabled. When all this was said and done the installer prompted me to restart and I did, but upon doing so I booted back into windows. – user128125 Feb 3 '13 at 17:41
Is there anything wrong with that order or selection? – user128125 Feb 4 '13 at 0:14

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