Installing Xubuntu (Linux) as live media on a USB stick

Hello, as my first post I’ll guide you on how to create a Xubuntu live media installation on a USB stick.

Before even thinking about starting this tutorial remember to backup your data as computers tend to break/loose information when you least expect it and especially when you are doing things like creating boot devices with programss like new operating systems.

Remember: Your USB stick will be formatted and all previous data will be erased when you create a live media USB boot drive!


System requirements:

Live media USB stick:

  • Minimum of 1 GB of space (2 GB and up recommended for optimal performance)

HDD/SSD and RAM requirements for the installation of Xubuntu on a computer (full version with graphical installation media):

  • Minimum of 6.1 GB of free HDD/SSD space (20GB+ recommended)
  • Minimum of 1 GB RAM installed (2 GB+ recommended)

Step 1: Getting the required software on your computer

  1.  Head over to UNetbootin and download the version that matches your computer operating system
  2.  After the download plug your USB stick into your computer and run UNetbootin on your computer
  3. Did you remember to backup your files? If no, do it NOW.

Step 2: Selecting the correct Linux distribution and starting the download

  1.  Select Xubuntu from the upper-left box where it reads: “Select distribution”
  2.  Next select the version of Xubuntu you want to install from the “Select version” box. In this instance we will be installing the latest LTS (Long Term Support) live version, which is currently 14.04. Now there are two versions of the Xubuntu live media version, one is a 32-bit version and the other is a 64-bit version. Most people should install the 64-bit version, but if you are running a very old computer with less than 3,5 GB of RAM you can install the 32-bit version also (64-bit requires 4 GB+ of RAM to function properly). We’ll use the 64-bit live version
  3.  Check that the type is set to “USB Drive” and that the drive is the correct one (your USB drive path). Do NOT select type: Hard Dive unless you know what you are doing as it will install
  4.  Once you have done all these 3 steps and made sure your files are backed up , hit OK to start the live media creation.

Step 3: Finishing the Xubuntu live media USB boot drive

  1.  After hitting OK the process will vary from 5 minutes and longer depending on how fast your internet and computer is. Let the computer do it’s work and wait until it’s done
  2. When the download and installation of the live media USB boot drive is complete you will be prompted to reboot your computer

Step 4: Configuring your boot order and launching the live media USB boot drive

  1.  Hit yes/accept to reboot your computer and when you computer restarts mash the DEL (Delete) key until you enter your BIOS
  2. Go to your boot order tab and change the order so that the computer will first try to boot from and USB drive, and then from a hard drive.
  3.  Save your changes and exit the BIOS.
  4. Your computer will now reboot and after a while it should show you a small menu where you can choose between a couple of different options. You can choose commands like “Try Xubuntu before installing” and “Install Xubuntu”.
  5. From the list select to “try Xubuntu without installing” to ensure your installation is working and isn’t corrupt/damaged. This will not install Xubuntu on your computer, but instead allows you to access your HDD/SSD files from your Windows installation and access to basic functionality to test/use without changing the HDD/SSD files.

Step 5: Installing Xubuntu

NOTE: Installing Xubuntu will format your HDD/SSD that you install Xubuntu on without proper settings and programs in the BIOS and computer to allow multiple OS installations!

  1.  After making sure Xubuntu works on your computer without issues, you can install it on your computer.
  2.  To install Xubuntu on your computer, select the installation file that is found on the desktop while having the USB stick inserted. The program should now start and guide you through the installation ( Won’t go through that as everyone has different settings and personal preferences on what they want and what they don’t)
  3.  Enjoy your new operating system


I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and wish to thank you on my behalf. More tutorials will come at a later date!


Hardware used:

  • CPU: Intel i7 2600
  • GPU: AMD HD 7800 series
  • RAM: 8 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3
  • Motherboard: ACER M3920 series (Intel Sandy Bridge)
  • Storage: 128GB SSD and 1,5 TB HDD
  • PSU: 600 W

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