I've used Ubuntu in past, but it was set up through work, and would only boot on my Ram drive so nothing would save.

So I am familiar with booting up using F12 at start and choosing either boot by DVD (cd-rom) or by USB (and used the same usb stick i had from company I no longer work with but reformated it so I could put the ISO onto it. either way neither effort work. Always reverts back to windows start up as if I had no boot disk in at all. Windows XP is getting really buggy and I refuse to pay them for newer system that wont run on my older computer. I am on very limited budget (disability) but hoping to keep my computer running for day to day use.

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can provide.

  • Which tool you are using to make your usb bootable? – g_p Dec 19 '14 at 5:18
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    If I'm not wrong, you might be just copying a bootable disk ISO to a USB. Please correct me if I'm wrong. – Vikas Swami Dec 19 '14 at 5:29

It seems like you're just copying the ISO file to a DVD or USB. As you're currently running XP, just install ImgBurn, open the ISO file in there and then burn it and boot with that.

Alternatively, if you want to use the USB use UNetbootin (it has a Windows version) and use that to put the ISO file on there.

Why? An ISO file is an image that contains the files you need to run (like a ZIP file)

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