Bootable flash drive Linux Live USB Creator

I once wrote about a variety of programs that allow you to make a bootable USB flash drive, many of them can record and USB drives with Linux and some are specifically designed only for this operating system. Linux Live USB Creator (LiLi USB Creator) is one such software that has features that can be very useful, especially for those who have never tried Linux, but would like to quickly, simply and without changing anything on the computer to see what was happening in this system.

Perhaps begin with these features: when creating a bootable flash drive Linux Live USB Creator, the program, if you wish, she will download the Linux image (Ubuntu, Mint and others), and after recording it on USB will allow, not even booting this stick, try recorded Windows or to work in Live USB and save the settings.

To install Linux from this drive to your computer and, naturally, you can too. The program is free and in Russian. All the following was tested by me in Windows 10, should work in Windows 7 and 8.

Use Linux Live USB Creator

The program’s interface is five blocks corresponding to the five steps you need to do to get a bootable USB flash drive with the required version of Linux.

The first step is to select the USB device among connected to your computer. Everything is simple — choose a flash drive sufficient volume.

Second — select the source files for the OS to record. It can be an ISO, IMG or ZIP archive, to a CD or, the most interesting point, you can let the program download the appropriate image automatically. To do this, click the «Download» and choose the image from the list (there are several variants of Ubuntu and Linux Mint, and completely unknown to me distributions).

LiLi USB Creator searches for the fastest mirror, you will be asked where to save the ISO and begin the download (in my test, loading some images from the list failed).

After loading, the image will be checked and if it is compatible with the possibility of creating a customization file, in the section «Item 3» it is possible to adjust the size of this file.

Under the settings file means the data size, which can burn Linux onto a flash drive in Live mode (without installation). This makes it possible not to lose made the change (normally they get lost with each reboot). The settings file does not work when using Linux «Windows», only when booting from USB in BIOS/UEFI.

In the 4th paragraph is set by default to the «Hide created files» (in this case, all the Linux files on the drive marked as system protected and are not visible in Windows by default) and the item «Enable launching LinuxLive-USB cable in Windows».

In order to use this feature, while recording stick to the program will need Internet access to download required files for VirtualBox (it is not installed on the computer, and further be used as a portable application from a USB). Another point is to format your USB. Here at your discretion, I tested with the option enabled.

Last, the 5th step is to click on «Lightning» and wait until finish creating bootable flash drives with the selected Linux distribution. When the process is complete, simply close the program.

Running Linux from a flash drive

In standard scenarios — in case of setting in the BIOS or UEFI booting from USB created drive works the same way as other boot disks with Linux, allowing you to install or Live mode without installation on your computer.

However, if you go from Windows to the contents of the stick, there you will see a VirtualBox folder and file Virtualize_this_key.exe. Provided that your PC supports virtualization and is enabled (it usually is) by running this file, you will receive a virtual machine window, VirtualBox, downloaded from your USB drive, so the ability to use Linux in Live-mode «inside» Windows as a virtual machine VirtualBox.

Download Linux Live USB Creator from the official site

Note: while checking the Linux Live USB Creator, not all Linux distributions successfully launched in Live mode from under Windows: in some cases, the «focus» on errors. However, for those that successfully launched initially had similar errors: i.e., when they appear again it is better to wait. When the computer is booted with the drive not happening.

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