How To Install And Run Linux on a USB Stick.

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If you want to use Linux operating system for some task but at the same time, you don’t want to replace your current operating system. In this, you can go for the portable Linux operating system which you can create by using a USB stick.

Install Linux on a USB stick

Linux and Windows can live side by side on the same machine if you’re happy to adjust the way your hard drive has been partitioned. However, this requires tweaking your PC’s setup at the most fundamental level, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Installing Linux on a USB stick instead lets you boot to it whenever you choose, without putting your data at risk. There are several versions of Linux to choose from, but we favor Ubuntu because it’s one of the friendliest for first-time users.

Step 1
Download a copy of the ISO file from Download Ubuntu by clicking the Download button in the uppermost box (at the time of writing, the latest long-term support version was Ubuntu18.04.3 LTS). Opt to save, rather than run, the download, and don’t open it when it’s completed.

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Step 2
At the same time, download and install Rufus, which is a free tool that converts your humble USB stick into a bootable drive. Launch it and select your USB stick from the first drop-down menu, immediately below Device.

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Step 3
If you only have one stick inserted, it should already be selected, but if you have both a stick and a USB drive, double-check that the correct device is selected.

 Step 4
On the next line down, select Free DOS from the ‘Boot selection’ menu, then click Select on the right and navigate to the Ubuntu ISO file you just downloaded.

Step 5
Select it and click Open. Finally, click Start – if Rufus warns you that it needs to download two additional files, click Yes to authorize this.

When it’s retrieved them, leave the ‘Write in ISO Image mode’ on the following screen as it is, and Click OK twice.

Step 6 
Rufus will format your USB stick, make it bootable and install Ubuntu. After the process has completed, reboot your PC and when the loading menu appears, select the first option – to try Ubuntu without installing it.

The Linux operating system will launch from your USB stick and you’ll have access to all its features. Any files you create can be saved to the USB stick so they’ll be available wherever you happen to use it.

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