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I have Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu installed. I had ran boot-repair since the os selection menu wasn't showing.

A few days ago, I downloaded the latest version of Kali Linux. I used PowerISO to copy all the files to a 16GB usb stick(USB 3.0). I rebooted. In the menu when booting, I moved 'USB HDD' to the top of the list and saved.

This is exactly what I did when installing Ubuntu. With my USB stick inserted into the usb port, I hit the power button of my laptop... the purple grub menu showed up.

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I rebooted few times, but it still showed the grub menu. I booted into Ubuntu and ran a md5 checksum. Everything is ok.

Any help?

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  • Downvoted because the documentation to Kali Linux USB installation is easy to google. Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 15:07
  • @JodkaLemon I did read the documentation but I was on Windows so I don't want to install additional software(I have PowerISO)
    – Jeremy
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 15:19

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Just copying the files is not enough because you will miss the bootloader.

You should dd the image to the usb stick:

dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M; sync

to start it.

Be aware, that this will delete all data on the stick and the partition scheme will not be optimal.

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Since you're on Ubuntu, you can also use the Startup Disk Creator. It's a bit easier to use than dd, IMHO.

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