Create Live Bootable Ubuntu USB Pen Drive Windows

Creating a live bootable Ubuntu USB drive is easier. With this method, we can install or test the latest Ubuntu 14.10 or any version without burning it to a DVD or a CD. This method is faster and easier for installing the OS on multiple computers. In addition to that, if you wish to install Ubuntu inside Windows, you can also use this method.

In this tutorial, I mainly focus on create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick using a Windows OS. I used Rufus free tool on a Windows PC. This tiny application can also use to create a live Windows USB pen drive too. Most of the situation, we can see many people use Universal USB Installer, but Rufus is faster and easier.

On my desktop PC, the main OS is Windows and I installed Ubuntu as a secondary OS on another partition. In this post, I’m not going to cover how to install Ubuntu inside Windows. You can refer my this tutorial for that. It’s a bit longer process, but not difficult.

Bootable Ubuntu USB

In this Ubuntu bootable USB creator guide, we have to use the ISO image file. It’s available on the Ubuntu download official site.  Rufus free tool wipes the USB stick files and folders and copy the Ubuntu ISO files and folders to the root of the device. Just like we are burning a CD or a DVD. This tutorial is similar to like my previous Windows tutorial.

How to create bootable Ubuntu pen drive / Flash drive.

  • First, you have to download the latest Ubuntu version from here. You have to select the ISO image file.
  • Next, download the Rufus portable application for Windows in here. It’s not an installable application. Once downloaded, run it by double click on its exe file. It needs administrator permission.
  • Next in its drop-down menu, choose the correct USB flash drive.Select Bootable USB flash drive
  • Then you have to select the Ubuntu ISO image. Click the small DVD ROM icon and browse the ISO file location. Then select the “Open” button.
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Select ISO image

  • To begin the process, click on the “Start” button.


  • If the USB stick file system is NTFS, then it will be changed to the FAT 32, but the Ubuntu file system is Ext2/Ext3/Ext4.
  • If the flash drive contains any file, then it will request to erase the drive all the data. Before start creating the bootable Ubuntu flash drive, it’s better to copy or move its files and folders to the computer hard disk.

Create Bootable Ubuntu USB

  • Now click on the “Start” button to continue the setup. Once it’s completed, it will notify. Then you can use this pen drive to install Ubuntu or test the Ubuntu without installing.

 If you wish to install Ubuntu inside Windows you can refer my this new tutorial. In case if they refuse to fail to make a bootable pen drive, close the application and restart from the beginning.

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