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?
This is just to mention that Canonical now recommends the Rufus USB Installer. (I haven't used it myself.)
Instructions (copied from the Canonical instructions):
- Open Rufus and select your USB stick in the 'Device' dropdown
- Click the CD Rom icon next to the 'FreeDOS' dropdown, then find your downloaded Ubuntu ISO and click 'Open'
- Click 'Yes' when it asks to download Syslinux software
- Click 'OK' to write in ISO Image mode
- Confirm that your USB stick is selected and then 'OK' to continue
- When it is finished, just restart your computer and start using Ubuntu, or you can install Ubuntu
Unetbootin has always worked for me. There is also a utility on the ubuntu disk as well. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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.