Questions related to live USB devices, which allow you to test drive Ubuntu without installing it on your hard drive.

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How do I install Ubuntu from an USB drive / create a live USB-stick in Windows?

I tried to use the usb-creator.exe from Ubuntu 10.10 desktop i386 ISO image and it does create an USB stick that doesn't boot. When I try to boot from it I get: Operating System not found. I try ...
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How to create a bootable USB stick?

I am looking at this: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu I need to create a boot disk to test Ubuntu to make sure it will run on a PC (Compaq Mini CQ10-120LA) I was ...
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How to create UEFI-only bootable USB live media?

Having live media that can boot both ways can be a problem when installing Ubuntu onto currently available Windows 8 computers. In other words the key advantage to creating UEFI-only bootable USB ...
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How do I make an Bootable Ubuntu USB?

How do I make an Bootable Ubuntu USB? Containing the the latest version of Ubuntu? For completeness, how would I be able to do this on Ubuntu, Windows, OS X or another Linux distro?
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How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from terminal?

Is there any way to create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from the terminal without using any third-party applications like YUMI,Unetbootin, etc. I tried to create a bootable Ubuntu flash drive ...
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How to create a bootable USB with multiple ISO images in it

What I want is to create a bootable pen drive that shows GRUB menu and I can select any of the several bootable systems from there to install/run. I have several ISO images that I want to install in ...
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How to make a persistent live Ubuntu USB with more than 4GB

I want to make a persistent live Ubuntu/ Mint usb drive with more than 4gb of storage. I know there is an option of installing linux directly on the drive but I dont want to do this as it will ...
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What would be the differences between a persistent USB Live Session and a installed Ubuntu in a USB drive?

I'm a teacher and will ask my students to either bring their laptops with Ubuntu installed with an specific list of packages preinstalled or bring a USB Drive or External Hard Drive with Ubuntu and ...
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Can I use a USB stick for a normal install? (to get platform adaptability)

So I know I can make a persistent LiveUSB whereby there would be anywhere up to 4GB (I think that's the max) of persistent storage for downloads, etc. I am asking the opposite, in a sense. I'd like ...
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How do I get a live-USB to use a partition for persistence?

I want to install Ubuntu to a USB hard drive so that it will run on all systems, that can run the LiveCD and store persistent data on a regular ext4 partition rather than a casper-rw file. In every ...
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How to bypass “Try it / Install” screen when booting from USB Live Session? (without installing in the USB)

This has been asked several times already (I found it here, here and here), but basically everyone simply recommend to perform a full install to the USB stick. But I do need it to stay as a LIVE ...
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How do I make a bootable USB from Windows?

I've downloaded the daily Ubuntu 12.04 iso. I currently have windows 7 x64 operating system installed. How can I make a bootable usb from the Ubuntu iso?
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How do I create an Ubuntu live USB using a Mac?

I'd like to create a live USB stick on a Mac so I can install Ubuntu on another machine. How do accomplish this?
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Multi-partition multi OS bootable USB

I want to create a recovery flash drive. I have my 8 gb flash drive[Kingston data traveller] with me. I also have the required .iso files for a>Ubuntu 13.10 b>Boot-repair disk c>AVG Rescue CD I Wish ...
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How to Make Persistent Live Ubuntu of 16.04?

I need the persistent live Ubuntu of preferably 16.04 because I need to rescue my whole encrypted HDD of 16.04 as discussed in the thread How do I add myself back in sudo group in Encrypted HDD of 16....
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Dual boot 12.04/windows 7 After installation my computer reboots straight to Windows. There is no option to boot Ubuntu.

Windows 7 Home Premium Intel i5 2500k CPU ASUSP8Z68-V PRO motherboard GeForce GTX 570 GPU Corsair 120Gb SSD (Windows 7 OS) WD 1 TB HDD I select the USB drive in the BIOS and boot to it ...
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How can I create a LiveCD/LiveDVD/LiveUSB?

How can I create a Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveDVD/LiveUSB?
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How can I install Ubuntu without CD?

My CD drive is broken,so I can't install Ubuntu from a CD. Are there any workarounds for that?
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS live USB boot error (gfxboot.c32:not a valid COM32R image)

I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) lts. I made a bootable usb stick. But I keep receiving this error message upon booting: SYSLINUX 4.04 EDD 20110518 Copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et al ...
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Cannot update grub with parameters on live USB

I have booted from a live USB ("Try Ubuntu"), that also has a persistent option set (I used LiLi to create one) to do some tests for this pcie hotplug issue I'm having. I'm trying to test some boot ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 installer/live fails to boot from DVD/USB on UEFI

I have a brand new Toshiba Satellite S50-A that came loaded with Windows 8.1. I would like to live boot Ubuntu from a USB drive, or failing that, a DVD. (I do not want to install Ubuntu on this ...
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Installing Ubuntu ends in a black screen in MSI GE60

When I choose install Ubuntu I see black screen of nothingness. And I have disabled secure boot and fast boot in UEFI. Any other option also ends with black screen. It's possible that MSI's UEFI ...
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USB drive install of Ubuntu 12.04 Server fails - can't find components from CD-ROM

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 Server (32bit) on a machine here using a USB stick. I used the Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.9.4 which has support for 12.04 server to get the ISO onto the USB drive. ...
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Failed to get canonical path of /cow

I am trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 for quite some time, and passing hurdles one by one. Now I am in a situation as follows. I have got a PC and 10 GB HDD which will be totally dedicated to Ubuntu so ...
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Memtest with Ubuntu 12.04 live CD

I've probably missed something but I can't find the memtest option when booting from my Ubuntu 12.04 Live USB. Could someone please tell me how to get to it?
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Replace one Ubuntu with another from USB pen drive

I'm new to Linux. I'm using Ubuntu 11.04. Now i want to install Ubuntu 12.04 . I got an ISO image of Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop. I put this image in to a pen drive which is formated,set the boot option ...
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How to boot from ubuntu live usb with 'try ubuntu' directly?

I created an Ubuntu 10.10 live usb with persistence feature. And it works well on my PCs. But one thing annoys me is that each time I boot from live usb, I have to choose between "Try Ubuntu" and "...
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How can I save settings on a Live USB? [duplicate]

So I have an Ubuntu 11.10 Live USB disk. I've noticed that my settings never get saved. Every time I reboot while in my Live USB and then boot back into it, all my settings and [un]installed programs ...
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Live USB on a 2-partition usb-drive

I was wondering if I could have 2 partitions on a USB-drive that would allow me to boot on my key as a regular USB-installation-disk (partition1), and another partition for regular storage under ...
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Difference between LiveCD, LiveUSB, full-install, and persistence?

I am currently running Ubuntu as a guest vm on a Win 7 host via VirtualBox, but I would like to have a portable version of Ubuntu when I am not using my laptop. I am unsure as to the difference ...
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Method to create a live USB disk (with persistence) which actually works?

I've tried so many combinations - all I want is a fast Ubuntu Live USB disk with persistence that works. What I've tried so far: Using unetbootin on my Mac, choosing some "Space used to preserve ...
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Are Ubuntu DVDs available for buying in Canonical Store?

Times ago, Canonical announced that in the Canonical Store will be available for buying only CDs / DVDs of LTS releases: Canonical Axes Ubuntu Discs for Non-LTS Releases But, now we have Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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No user name/password required when exploring from live USB?

A few months back when I buggered up my netbook and then booted into it to get information from it using a live USB. (Thinking that was 10.10) When I was copy/pasting this to another USB at no time ...
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How to boot from a USB drive in VirtualBox?

The question is simple and straight forward: How to boot from an USB drive in VirtualBox? EDIT: I have attached usb to VirtualBox as shown in the screenshot. But it is not possible to boot from ...
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Why can't I mount the Ubuntu 12.04 installer ISOs in Mac OS X?

Over the past few days, I have downloaded both the 32 and 64 bit version of server and desktop to install on an Intel based PC. It is normal from within OS X to double click on an ISO and it will ...
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How to try Ubuntu on a hp pavilion g7-1246ef computer that has no Linux suport for video card? (12.04)

I want to try Ubuntu on a hp pavilion g7-1246ef computer. I got it as a 64 bit system with a win7 64 bit but now it runs a 32 bit win 7 (due to canon printer driver issue). The Windows device manager ...
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Instruct Ubuntu to boot to RAM from flash drive using unetbootin

I have used UNetbootin to create an installable / live bootable flash drive from Ubuntu 12.04. However that didn't preserve the normal Ubuntu boot menu which allows to me to enter advanced options. It ...
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How can I run Ubuntu without a hard drive?

I have a laptop with NO HARD DRIVE. (It's dead and gone.) I want to boot and run Ubuntu from a USB flash drive. (Not just a 'test drive'.) First question: Is there a difference between a LiveUSB '...
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Questions about bootable USB stick (Ubuntu) on Windows

When I create a bootable USB stick (Ubuntu) on Windows, does it mean that the changes that I will do (let's say save a new file called "abc.txt" on the Ubuntu desktop) will those changes be reflected ...
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How can I make a Ubuntu Live USB with Ubuntu, GParted & HBCD?

Is it possible to create a Ubuntu Live USB installer using Ubuntu, GParted & HBCD? If yes could anyone brief the procedure in details please?
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Trying different flavors of Ubuntu from a USB drive [duplicate]

Is it possible to have a dual boot of different Ubuntu versions? X K L M E U Since only 1 gig of space is recommended you should be able to have 8 possible version on a 16 gig flash drive. Cause I ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 PPC live DVD/USB?

I'm probably stretching things with this but would anyone know where or how to obtain a live disk image of Ubuntu 14.10 for PowerPC? I can't use the server install because the Ethernet port is busted ...
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Create a bootable USB on a Mac to install Ubuntu on a PC

I have a working MacBook Pro and a crashed Windows 7 PC. I was running Ubuntu on my PC, but after a recurrent issue now I can't boot either OS. I would like to install only Ubuntu on my PC and will ...
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Live USB creator software [duplicate]

Is there a program that can make live USBs for any distro, iso, you get the point. I can only find ones that make live USBs for other linux distributions and none for anything else.
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How to install the MPEG-4 AAC decoder and the H.264 decoder?

Where do I get the MPEG-4 AAC decoder, and the H.264 decoder. How to install them and play the multimedia?
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Create USB installer to install Ubuntu from the command line?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB image to install Ubuntu on a new computer. I have done this before following the "create USB drive" instructions for Ubuntu desktop, but I don't have an Ubuntu ...
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From terminal , how make a LIVE USB for all distro's ,not only for Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create USB installer from the command line? With curiosity I have on terminal, I came to this step. How can I create Live USB from terminal? Is there any tool i got to do ...
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Modification on USB bootable drive

A USB bootable drive discards all modifications made at shutdown. Is there a way to save it? If possible, how will that affect a version installed on to a different hard disk using that USB drive?
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UNetbootin won't boot Windows 7 [closed]

I made a bootable Windows 7 USB using UNetbootin, and when I go to boot up, it gets stuck at the UNetbootin boot menu and it can't find "Default" so it just keeps repeating the "Will boot ...
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Upgrading to 14.10 from iso

I have 14.04.1 on harddisk. Is it possible to upgrade system to 14.10 from iso file/dvd/usb?