This tag covers questions/posts pertaining to creating/using/configuring/troubleshooting "bootable" media as well as system files and options related to loading/accessing/entering system distributions, operating systems in the context of their current and intended usage environment.

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Install Kali on USB for UEFI and legacy-bios simultaneously

Here is the prologue: I just purchased a new tablet, called Wintron 10.1, made by trekstor. It is shipped with a solded 32 GB ssd-similar harddrive and preinstalled Windows 8.1-Bing. I already have ...
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How to add Android x86 to Yumi!

Is there any way to add android to Yumi? I want to be able to boot my computer from a USB stick and install android. So, how can I install Android using Yumi or any other multiboot USB creator?
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Can't install BlackArch on Live USB

So I have the following problem. I want to install BlackArch on an USB. I downloaded the Live ISO (64Bit) and used PowerISO to make a bootable USB. I am on Windows 8.1 so I hit WINDOWS BUTTON + C, ...
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my USB stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my USB stick didn't get discovered ...
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How to create bootable windows iso image in linux

I have to insert the "Autounattend.xml" file into a windows2008 iso image to make the iso install automaticly. My system need to run on linux and only could use linux shell command, so ISO tools on ...
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How to create a bootable usb stick to any distro linux using terminal

I am working with 'dd' command, and I have a Ubuntu Mate ISO, my stick is sdb, these are steps: umount /dev/sdb1 sudo dd if=/path/ubuntu-mate-16.04-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb but this does not ...
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Creating a bootable usb stick to use on a macbook

I did the following steps to create a bootable usb stick, following https://astrofloyd.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/boot-linux-from-usb-flash-drive-on-macbook/ created a fat32 usb stick copied a Fedora ...
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How can I boot from ISO file stored on hard disk?

I know that I can create/burn a bootable CD/DVD or live USB and can boot/install from it. But suppose I am currently running Windows and I have an ISO file of GNU/Linux that I want to install on my ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Kali Linux in UEFI system?

I tried making a bootable pendrive for Kali Linux in order to dual boot Kali Linux with Windows using Rufus on my laptop. I am using GPT drive and UEFI system. But Rufus gives the error that the ISO ...
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Can't clone hard disk with dd no space left

I am trying to move elementary OS from primary HDD to external HDD. So, I can boot elementary OS from external HDD and install Windows 10 on primary HDD. Hewbot on super user stackexchange suggested ...
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Cloning a bootable USB stick to a different-sized stick

HARDWARE: 2 8GB USB flash drives DISTRO: Mint 9 Xfce persistent Live Cd One USB flash drive has two partitions: 1) FAT32 700MB Mint 9 partition 2) ext3 7.3GB casper-rw partition GOAL: I want to make ...
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Linux Multi Boot USB Kali

I am trying to fix a problem I have on my multi-boot USB drive. I had it working with Backtrack R3, but now would like to use Kali since that is the latest version. I cannot get my Kali menu option to ...
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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Encrypt casper-rw file for use with Easy2Boot

I have created an Easy2Boot multiboot USB drive. Currently it contains two ISOs - Kali Linux 2016 and Linux Mint. I have created persistent ext2 filestore for both ISOs and configured them using the ...
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Yumi, shows an error when I run it

I installed yumi on Linux Mint 17.2. When I run yumi,it shows the following error: This application has raised an unexpected error and must abort. [43] Access forbidden. FMain.INSTALL_SYSLINUX.252 ...
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Which file is bootable within a given iso

Given a particular bootable iso or cdrom, how can I determine which file inside it is the one that gets called on booting from the image? Put differently, assuming that the iso had been generated ...
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Terminal: create bootable USB from iso

How can I create a bootable USB stick from an iso image? I thought dd should do the work, but so far I were unsuccesful. This is what I've tried: umount /dev/sdx deleted every partition on sdx ...
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Gnome (gdm) fails to start after command-line install

Installed gdm via the default openSUSE installer (zypper). The install completed successfully but gdm won't start from the command-line. I also have a KDE install which stalls on the loading bar, but ...
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custom ISO Bootable USB not working

I made a custom CentOS ISO using the link. My custom OS works on the Virtual machine, but I'm unable to install it using a bootable pendrive. Where could I be going wrong?
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How to install more than one OS on a pendrive?

I have a Windows 10 laptop. While I want to use Linux based OS I don't want to partition my HD or remove Windows OS. So I thought of installing Ubuntu on a 64gb pendrive and running the OS from it. ...
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What is the proper way to create a bootable image of my system?

Wouldn't it be nice if I could just get my system set up right after I install it, with all of the themes and programs and SDKs that I want, and then just save that snapshot? Like a backup, except I'd ...
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Creating bootable Debian image with debootstrap

I have been trying to create a bootable debian (jessie/8.4) image for the past 2 days, and as far as I can tell I have the procedure right, but I can not get the filesystem right. I am relatively sure ...
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Live Fedora 22 on flash drive fails to boot

I downloaded the fedora 22 iso, and used WindowsXP-Rufus to make a flash drive bootable and put the iso onto the flash drive. Unclear if relevant - I had to manually download ldlinux.bss and ...
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Installing Kali on a Dual partition USB

I have been looking for a couple of days now but can't reach a solution to my problem. (Just for the record, i am a complete noob when it comes to Linux based systems.) I have a 32GB Kingston ...
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Installing Fedora on a 32 bit EFI device (Dell Venue 10 Pro)

I recently won a Dell Venu 10 Pro in a hackathon and have been trying desperately to install any sort of Linux distribution onto it. Apparently, these tablets have 64 bit processors, but they only ...
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Recompressing standalone vmlinux ELF file

I have a vmlinux file with no source code, header files or any other peripherals. What's the easiest way to convert it into a bootable zImage?
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Unable to create Kali Linux bootable USB with Windows10/Ubuntu

I am trying to Triple boot Kali Linux with windows and Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Windows 10 are both already installed on my Dell-Inspiron. I was following the tutorial at this page to make the Bootable Kali ...
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Extlinux.conf on separate partition?

I'm trying to configure a system with separate boot partition, booted with U-boot and extlinux loader. Could I locate extlinux.conf on separate partition, but kernel (zImage) and device tree on root ...
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Create a UEFI bootable USB stick from an ISO image with GParted

I am aware that the issue of creating a UEFI-bootable USBs has been covered far and wide. However, from the first round of research I ended up feeling that the information gained is either ...
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Copying “live usb” install from USB stick to portable Hard Drive

I have a bootable install of Linux Mint on a usb stick (ie a "live usb" install). It has a writable partition so that i can have persistence between one session and the next. I've copied off the sdb1 ...
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Kali Mint Fail Boot

So I am currently dual booting Linux Mint and Windows. I successfully installed Linux Mint. However, I want to add on a third boot, Kali Linux, but the USB Live Stick I made does not seem to work. The ...
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Installing Linux on hard disk that will be used by another computer with different hardware

I was given a laptop with a totally dead display. I do not want to pay to replace the broken display, but I would like to use the laptop as a server and connect to it via SSH to control it. I have ...
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How do I boot from ISO file stored on hard disk?

I know that I can create/burn bootable CD/DVD or live USB and can boot/install from it. But suppose I am currently running GNU/Linux and I've ISO file of another GNU/Linux that I want to install on my ...
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Is there any way to boot from iso while running system from live disk?

This is bit complicated question let me explain what is expected: I know that we can add GRUB menuentry with location of ISO file and boot from ISO using GRUB entry. (i.e this method) But suppose ...
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Why doesn't my blockdev config change execute from rc.local on reboot

I am (probably obviously) a relatively new Linux user, so I'm already bracing for the barrage of "why aren't you doing it this way instead..." comments. I'd love to hear them...but I would also really ...
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Create Windows 10 USB stick on Linux

Unfortunately I will need to install this OS on my new PC. Since I only have Linux right now, I'll need to create media to boot from on my PC. I'd prefer it to be USB, since currently I have no access ...
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Multiboot USB with extra first partition

I would like to create a 64GB multiboot usb drive. I want the first partition to be a 32GB fat32 partition so that I can use it for accessing files from windows. (Windows only displays the first ...
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uninstalled kernel cannot boot anymore

So, basically I messed up I tried updating debian wheezy to debian jessie and at some point aptitude wanted to uninstall the kernel, I got a warning but I had faith and allowed it. now I only have an ...
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grub2 cannot see filesystem on alternate /boot partition

I have 2 (soon to be more) independent OSes. Right now it is just CentOS 6.6 and 7, but will be adding several more. I can boot CentOS 7 cleanly, but 6.6 will not boot. The error is: error: no such ...
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Making persistent USB with minimal OS on os x

I am looking to turn a 8Gb USB into a bootable drive with a minimal OS. All I want is an OS that will allow me to use vim, nothing else (no internet/any other services). I basically want to turn a USB ...
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Dual boot windows 10 on mSATA and keep ubuntu on the HDD, on a Dell Inspiron 17r 5720

I currently am running ubuntu 14.04 on my Dell Inspiron 17r 5720, on a 1th HDD. It's a great computer, but I really could use another storage drive, and solid state drive, and windows OS( for school ...
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Want to write my own High Level Language! [closed]

I want to write my own kernel, just like Linus or Bill gates did. I mean, why should i write an operating system based on Windows or Linux and be heavily restricted by their standards. I would rather ...
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Saving state and config data in bootable usb

My system hard disk has crashed, So now I want to run the OS(Linux mint or Ubuntu) from a bootable usb, but I don't know how to configure to save any config data so that it persist after rebooting ...
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How to create a bootable Linux installation USB from an ISO in OS X?

I downloaded the ISO for Debian's net installation to a computer running OS X. I want to put the data from the ISO onto a USB, so that I can install Debian on another laptop (not an Apple laptop). ...
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How to apply grub theme to a live usb?

This is my setup, I Have installed grub on the usb using grub-install command in the /boot directory. I copied 3 iso's on the usb Manually created a grub.cfg file to boot into the iso's. So I want ...
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replacing windows 8.1 with CentOS 7

A new computer came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. It is an Acer Aspire T desktop. I would like to completely erase windows 8.1 forever from the machine, and replace it with CentOS 7. How can I ...
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Live Media that tells me where a (regular) boot gets stuck?

I can't reboot my system, even after restoring from a backup it gets stuck during the boot process. It does not show any boot log while booting, and nobody has ever found a way to make it show. ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a USB drive ext4 partition?

I have a 32GB USB drive with 2 partitions, Partition 1: FAT32 used as storage Partition 2: ext4 intended to be a bootable live Ubuntu 15.04. How can I install the Ubuntu ISO file to the ext4 ...
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Protective master boot record boot flag - GPT

On an HP Elitebook 8760w, the BIOS does not support GPT well and I have found that it does not like GPT formatted boot disks which is default for many *nix platform installers. FreeBSD and OpenSuse ...
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How can I fix/install/reinstall grub?

So I started out with a 250GB HDD, the stock drive from an EeePC 1015pem that I am trying to turn into a MintBook. The drive is physically operable, but all data has been nuked, including the old OS. ...