Create a bootable USB flash drive with UNetbootin


UNetbootin features

– UNetbootin can install to your local hard disk or make a bootable liveUSB drive. It can also load floppy/hard disk images, or kernel/initrds, or (some) ISO (CD image) files, for installing other distributions.
– The current version has built-in support for many distributions


– A USB Drive
– A broadband internet connection to download the distribution packages
– Spare hard drive space to install the OS in

Step-by-step instructions

Although data on your USB stick should not be deleted, it is possible that UNetbootin could erase files during the process, so please back up your drive first.

What you need:

1. Download and install UNetbootin

2. Connect your flash drive to your computer

3. Open UNetbootin, select the Diskimage option and browse to your source ISO file (in case you don’t have one, select the Distribution option and a preferred image. The download will take a while)

4. Select your thumb drive and hit OK to start the installation

After UNetbootin is done, you should now be able to boot off the flash drive at startup. Reboot and make sure your computer boots from the USB drive. If it doesn’t work make you might have to change the boot order in the BIOS.

Hardware Requirements

  • Decent x86 or x64 processor(s), up to 16 cores supported
  • 512MB or more system memory, 1GB or more recommended for HD encoding
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, or Linux, or Mac OS X 10.5+. Note that resulting USB drives are bootable only on PCs (not on Macs).
  • Internet access for downloading a distro to install, or a pre-downloaded ISO file

Supported OS

  • Windows XP/2003 x86/x64
  • Windows Vista x86/x64
  • Windows 7 x86/x64
  • Windows 8.1/10
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux