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Old 21. Sep 2015, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Would like to run Linux on usb

Don't want to dual boot Linux on Windows 7 hard disk anymore.
Is there an easy way to install a Linux distro on usb and run it on any Windows system?
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Old 21. Sep 2015, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Use Unetbootin or LinuxLive USB Creator.
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Old 21. Sep 2015, 08:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you have Secure Boot and UEFI enabled? That may require more steps.
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Old 21. Sep 2015, 10:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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From what you are telling me, i can't just insert Linux on usb to any Windows without certain "steps".
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Old 22. Sep 2015, 08:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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From what you are telling me, i can't just insert Linux on usb to any Windows without certain "steps".
So you do have UEFI and Secure Boot enabled? I would use Rufus and a Linux distro that supports both like Ubuntu.
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If I'm understanding your requirement correctly, you cannot run Linux "on a Windows system" unless you run it in a VM. From a USB drive it still needs to be booted to run in which case you are running it from the PC, but not from within Windows. As others have stated, from Windows 8 on, other steps become necessary because of UEFI and Secure Boot.

IMO retaining the dual boot is the simpler and better option. If you get fed up with the one you have, you can easily replace it without interfering with your Windows install.

I'm currently running everything from a Toshiba Portege laptop/Hi-Speed Port Replicator setup that only has a 320 capacity HD. I'm dual booted with Windows 7, the default system, and Makulu KDE. I keep most of my data on an external HD.
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Old 22. Sep 2015, 02:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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One of the reasons i'm looking to install Linux on usb is the fact that you can password protect it (unlike PortableApps for Windows which can not).
Also have only 120G SSD for Windows 7.
Unlike MC, i have Dropbox as main place for data and back it up occasionally to usb device.
Also want Linux on usb to check other PCs when things go wrong.
But, i suppose that could be done with Linux live CD.
So many ways to consider this venue!

A first attempt with LinuxLive was unfruitful for 360 Total Security considers the VM part of the installation process a virus.

To be continued...
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i used Unetbootin to good success

and I think ubuntu has an option to install to usb too when you run the installer
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Old 27. Sep 2015, 03:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Personally, i disliked Ubuntu from the day they went to Unity.
This sentiment has not changed.

For my present needs, dual booting with ChaletOS is just fine.
It's so quiet, i'm wanting to keep it as default.
At this point in time it is a dilemma 'cause i'm more familiar with Windows 7.

Anyway, and in other case scenarios, it is much easier to boot a live Linux CD on someone else' PC if necessary than via usb and do there whatever needs to be done.
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Then use Unetbootin for it. This site is good for info on it
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
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