I've been trying to install ubuntu from my usb flash drive but it keeps giving me the same "unknown keyword" error. I've already tried to change the names in xlinux.cfg and the others, but what comed up was that when I removed the flash drive from my PC it was getting corrupted (I noticed from the wrong content from isolinux.cfg and missing files).

Since I presume it's my flash drive's fault, I've thought if there's no way to install ubuntu in my HDD from inside the windows 10 running on my desktop.

EDIT: I don't think I let clear that I am trying to install ubuntu on my second computer, whose HDD are clean. My main computer, which I was referring to, has only windows 10.

  • Ubuntu will not run inside windows, it is an independent operating system that does all of the things Windows tries to do. You can either run Ubuntu as a Dual Boot system, in which you reboot your computer and run Ubuntu instead of Windows, or you can install a Virtual Machine program, and run Ubuntu within the Virtual Machine. Common Virtual Machines include VirtualBox and VMWare Jan 15, 2016 at 18:46
  • I want to install ubuntu in another HDD FROM windows, not IN windows, so i would not need the flash drive Jan 15, 2016 at 18:55
  • How are you putting Ubuntu onto your flash drive? I know people have talked occasionally about using a HDD for installation media, but I've not seen it done. Jan 15, 2016 at 19:01
  • @CharlesGreen I've tried with Universal USB Installer and YUMI, both gave me the same result Jan 15, 2016 at 19:31
  • And the problem is that the computer will not boot from the USB? Jan 15, 2016 at 19:37

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I believe this is the awnser youre looking for. not sure.

Be sure to have 2 harddisks in your computer.

Disconnect the harddisk where windows is installed. Get the ubuntu installation on an usb/cd. Let your computer boot via the usb/cd. Install ubuntu. (on the harddisk you want it of course) Turn computer off and connect harddisk again. You can now swap via OS on bootop of your pc. (Button depents on your computer, Like F8,F9 or F12.) There are a lot of videos If you need any help.

  • Not exactly. My goal is to avoid the use of my flash drive, since I think it's not working fine. Jan 15, 2016 at 19:38
  • What format is it? Did you test the drive? Jan 15, 2016 at 19:40
  • It's beeing formated to FAT32, the Universal USB Installer standart action when creating a bootable device Jan 15, 2016 at 19:43

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