I installed Xubuntu and am not a huge fan of it.

I want Ubuntu back and can't figure out how to make a bootable usb on Xubuntu.

Please tell me my options

  • Just as hint - there is no need to reinstall - you can easily have 1 installation which offers several different desktop environments (i.e. Gnome Shell, Unity, XFCE etc) You can choose on the login-screen which to use if you have several installed.
    – dufte
    May 31, 2016 at 6:44
  • If you still want to create the USB, here is a link: xubuntublog.wordpress.com/tag/usb-creator May 31, 2016 at 7:03

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You could also use "Startup Disk Creator". This comes with the standard Ubuntu desktop but you should be able to use apt-get to install it in other flavours.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install usb-creator-gtk
  • Best answer. Easy download and easy program to use. No CLI gymnastics required.
    – Matt West
    Apr 11, 2020 at 16:50

No need to reinstall the OS, I feel that it is unnecessary. You can install various desktop environments in xubuntu.
Installing unity in xubuntu:

sudo apt-get install unity    

Installing gnome3 in xubuntu:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell  

You can choose between various desktop environments while logging in

  • Alternative to that would be sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop , which gives full package of the default Ubuntu installation. See related question I've asked a while back askubuntu.com/q/793886/295286 Nov 25, 2016 at 3:27

Although no need to reinstall Ubuntu the answer to your question is:

You can dd the iso to USB which is enough for it to be bootable. If you do not mind using command line you can create a bootable usb with:

dd if=ubuntu.iso of=/dev/sdx oflag=direct bs=1M

Replace sdx with the whatever the target usb device is called when plugged in (use lsblk command to check) and notice that it is not the partition but the device itself.

Another option in Unetbootin.

Make sure to select destination device carefully, as this command deletes all data on the target device.


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