Would you like to learn how to create a bootable Linux USB Stick on Windows? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to download a Linux ISO image and create a bootable flash drive on a computer running Microsoft Windows.

In our example, we are going to create a bootable USB stick containing the Ubuntu Linux installer.

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Tutorial - Bootable Linux USB Stick on Windows

Open a browser, access the ubuntu.com website and download the ISO image of the Ubuntu Linux.

In our example, we used the Ubuntu Linux server version 17.10 but you can use any Linux distribution

Insert a USB Stick on the computer and format as FAT32 or NTFS.

In our example, we used a 30GB USB stick.

Open a browser, access the official website and download the RUFUS software.

Open the Rufus software, select the following options:

• Device: The USB driver unity.

• Partition Scheme: MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI.

• Filesystem: FAT32


Select the image button and locate the Ubuntu Linux ISO image.

In our example, we selected the file: ubuntu-17.10.1-server-amd64.iso

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Click on the Start button and wait for the process to finish

The system will start to create a bootable USB stick using the Ubuntu Linux image.

This process can take a while.

After the process is finished, you should remove the USB stick.

Now, you could try to boot another computer using your band new bootable Linux USB Stick.

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