I have a laptop with no cd/dvd drive. I want to remove win 8 and put ubuntu instead. I am not sure if there is UEFI in this laptop (its the cheapest). I don't want to buy a usb optical drive just for this. Is there a reliable and EASY way to install ubuntu from a USB drive onto my new laptop ?

I tried to install it on an external hard drive, but i saw no boot options. So, I got a new cheap laptop instead. Again, I am stuck. Is it really this hard to install ubuntu via usb ?


Use Unetbootin. it runs on most platforms or get the universal USB installer for Windows as a host.

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  • Thanks for your answer. Which one is better and is actively developed ? I am trying unet for now, but its good to know. – please click this Feb 18 '14 at 16:23
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    Unetbootin can be a problem if you are installing linux on a system with EFI or UEFI - "Properly prepare your boot medium—Third-party tools for moving .iso images onto USB flash drives, such as unetbootin, often fail to create the proper EFI-mode boot entries. " LINK - rodsbooks.com/linux-uefi – please click this Feb 22 '14 at 21:13

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