Install Ubuntu from a USB flash drive

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The following article describes how to install Ubuntu from a USB flash drive if there is no CD or DVD drive available. The USB flash drive used is prepared under Windows with the Linux Live USB Creator.


Following components are required to install Ubuntu:

  • A USB flash drive with 4 - 8 GB memory (depending on the size of the ISO image)
  • A Windows client system to prepare the USB flash drive

Installation preparation

First of all, you need to download the tool Linux Live USB Creator, which creates a bootable flash drive in five easy steps and at the same time integrates the ISO image.

Download Linux Live USB Creator (for Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP):

Installing Linux Live USB Creator

Proceed as illustrated in the following screenshots:

Download ISO image

Afterwards, an Ubuntu ISO image must be downloaded:

Create a bootable USB flash drive and include the ISO

Open the Linux Live USB Creator and do the following steps:

The ISO is now automatically applied to the flash drive, this can take a few minutes. Wait until this process is complete. You will then receive a message when the process is completed.

Start installation of Ubuntu

Now attach the flash drive to a USB port and press the "F11" key (for a Supermicro motherboard) during the boot process. As soon as the boot menu appears, select your stick and the installation will start.

Select the USB flash drive in the boot menu

Now proceed as illustrated in the following screenshot gallery:

As soon as the installation has been completed successfully, you can now log on to your system as usual.

Author: Thomas Niedermeier

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