How To Create Linux Live Usb From Windows

Are you looking to try out a Linux distribution but don’t want to install it directly on your computer? Using a Live USB is the perfect solution. It allows you to run a full Linux environment without installation, making it great for testing purposes or even as a portable operating system. In this post, we’ll guide you on how to create a Linux Live USB using a Windows PC.


  • A USB stick with at least 2GB of storage
  • A Windows PC
  • The ISO file of the Linux distribution you want to use

Step 1: Download the ISO File

First, you will need to download the ISO file of the Linux distribution that you want to use. This file is a disk image that contains everything needed to run the Linux system.

Step 2: Download and Install Rufus

Next, you will need a tool to help copy the ISO file to your USB stick and make it bootable. There are many tools available, but one of the simplest and most reliable is Rufus. You can download it from the official website:

Step 3: Create the Live USB

Now you are ready to create your Live USB. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Rufus.
  2. Insert your USB stick.
  3. In Rufus, select your USB stick in the ‘Device’ dropdown.
  4. Choose ‘Disk or ISO image’ in the ‘Boot selection’ dropdown.
  5. Click ‘Select’ and browse to your downloaded ISO file.
  6. Click ‘Start’.

Note: this process will format your USB stick, so make sure to backup any important data before proceeding.

Step 4: Boot from the Live USB

With your Live USB created, you can now boot from it. Restart your computer and enter the boot menu (often by pressing F12 during startup, but this can vary depending on your computer). Choose to boot from USB, and you should be greeted by your chosen Linux environment!


Creating a Linux Live USB from Windows is easy and gives you a risk-free way to try out Linux. Remember that changes made in the Live environment won’t persist between reboots unless you’ve chosen to create a persistence storage during the USB creation process. Enjoy exploring the world of Linux!