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How to Install Ubuntu from a USB Flash Drive

  • November 8, 2015
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How to Install Ubuntu from a USB Flash Drive

The above video shows how to install Linux Ubuntu 15.10 with a USB

(As of this writing – 14.04 is still the newest stable release, instructions for installing either version are outlined below:)

Don’t feel like paying for a Windows registration key with that OS? Ever thought about trying an open source operation system? There are many other options out there for people who want a newer OS but don’t want to pay for the cost of Windows. For example, let’s take a look at Ubuntu:

Ubuntu is an open source operating system that’s been around since 2004. It is based on the Linux operating system family. Its uses range all the way from personal computers and mobile devices to servers.

You can install Ubuntu easily even from a USB. First, go to the website and download the OS. If you’re interested in the desktop version of Ubuntu, you can go to They currently have two releases: 14.04.13 and 15.10. Each release has a version for either 64 bit or 32 bit. If you have less than 2 GB of RAM, download the 32-bit version.

You’ll download the file as an .iso file. An .iso file is a digital copy of a disc. Take this .iso file and place it onto your flash drive. Once this is complete insert it into the computer in which you wish to install Ubuntu.

The computer will need to boot from that flash drive. Most computers have a boot menu that you can get to when the computer first boots up. Once you access this, you can tell the computer to boot from that flash drive. After these changes have been made, you can then boot from the flash drive.

Once you are booting from the USB flash drive, you will see the normal menu to select your language. Go through the installation guide. You will be given the option to install Ubuntu on your computer’s hard drive.

The requirements to do this are pretty simple. Your USB flash drives needs to have around 2GB space. The Ubuntu site lists that it’s possible to have a 1 GB flash drive as long as the .iso file has enough space.

There are things to consider when using this method. One of them is speed. It would be faster to use a CD/DVD disk due to the limitation of standard USB 2. Also, it is possible to use other standards of USB such as 1.1. However, speed will be great affected. USB 3 can also be used.

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