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 Making a Kali Bootable USB Drive to make the Bootable Kali USB Drive. I was able to create it on both Windows and Ubuntu, but when I go to the boot menu and try to boot from the USB, nothing happens and I get the usual page where I have to select which OS to boot into. Can someone point me into the right direction?

I ran the command

sudo kvm -cdrom "/home/vipin/Downloads/kali-linux-light-2016.1-amd64.iso" \
-hda "/dev/sdb" -m 1024 -boot d

/dev/sdb corresponds to my pen drive of 16 GB as shown in the image below This image shows the correct configuration of my drives: http://postimg.org/image/ijpto5kkv/. /dev/sda is the primary drive of 500 GB size

When I was trying to install the kali via this command you specified above, this screen appeared: http://postimg.org/image/mtza5zx11/

Here I am not sure what the /dev/sda corresponds to? Size of the /dev/sda is actually 500 GB and not the size of the pen drive on which I am trying to install the kali linux is 16 GB. Is the setup trying to create another partition on my pen drive by the name /dev/sda? http://postimg.org/image/d2obrfgq7/

sda      8:0    0 465.8G  0 disk 
├─sda1   8:1    0 457.9G  0 part /
├─sda2   8:2    0     1K  0 part 
└─sda5   8:5    0   7.9G  0 part [SWAP]
sdb      8:16   1  14.5G  0 disk 
└─sdb1   8:17   1  14.5G  0 part 
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom  `
  • You have kali and ubuntu already installed and want to install widnows algonside? Why do you have Kali on a bootable USB?
    – Bibek_G
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 8:21
  • i have ubuntu and win10 already, i want to install kali Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 8:55
  • second sentence in your question says the opposite. Edit it.
    – Bibek_G
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 12:17
  • How did you create the bootable USB? Give the exact environment and commands/process you used, that linked page has multiple ways listed.
    – Bibek_G
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 13:40
  • I tried all the processes mentioned here for windows/linux - docs.kali.org/downloading/kali-linux-live-usb-install Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 13:42

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since kali 1.6 until kali 2.0 (sana) , i am pretty sure that kali on usb gives errors in most of cases !
except if you created your live usb using DD on a linux box.

sudo dd if=/path/to/kali.iso of=/dev/sdX  

i can't tell you that if you're installing last kali distro (2016) i haven't tried it yet!

but as suggestion here's another way to install it while running ubuntu :

simply install KVM and use the folowing command :

kvm -cdrom "/path/to/kali.iso" -hda "/dev/sdXY" -m 1024 -boot d

/dev/sdXY is the partition where you want to install kali-linux e.g /dev/sda3

Note : while you already have another linux installed (ubuntu) , you can skip/ignore grub_installation step , at the end just update-grub on ubuntu!
i hope this will help :)


you don't have problems with previous commands ! but you're confuse how to chose your 16gb pendirve and how you deal with partitionning step !

in a terminal run: lsblk

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as you see in the screenshot you can identify your 16GB.

for example if i was going to install on my 4GB(3.7G) i'll chose /dev/sda , if my pendrive was the one which have SIZE=465.8G i'll chose /dev/sdc and so on .
Q : why /dev/sdX and not /dev/sdXY?
A : because your are going to install on a pendrive and you are going to use whole of it , if you were going to install on a partition inside your hard drive that time you'll use /dev/sdXY ,( and also you'll have chance to ignore/skip grub-install step if you already have another linux with bootloader on your machine )!

i started installing kali-linux-light-2016.1-amd64 on my 4g(3.7g) pendrive to get screenshots !

and my command according to my pendrive(3.7G) and my iso is :
kvm -cdrom "/.img/kali-linux-light-2016.1-amd64.iso" -hda "/dev/sda" -m 1024 -boot d

sure you don't have problems with first steps , you can go directly to step 9

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6) any hostnam you like i recommand to make it unic in case you wanted to change it later using scripts you won't mess up other files inside /etc.

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11) here make sure of (use as ext4, format yes, mountpoint / , bootflag on)
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as you saw i ignored swap because you can creat a virtual image file for swape insteed of eatting pendrive space .
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if you chose yes it will tell you enter HTTP PROXY infos of course you don't know what to put there , simply leave it blank , but at the end you'll have to add kali repos manually in /etc/apt/sources.list http://docs.kali.org/general-use/kali-linux-sources-list-repositories

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it will take a moment in removing live pakage

after installation ends boot into your new installed kali from there using kvm :

kvm -hda "/dev/sdX" -m 1024

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in case you wanna creat swape here's the way :
after you boot into new installed kali inside pendrive
sawp: 1) creat empty raw image:
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/.swap.img bs=1M count=512
this will give 512 mb (control size trough count=XX)
swap: 2) add it to fstab:
use nano or any text editor open /etc/fstab
add the following line to it

/.swap.img       none       swap     sw      0    0

related to step 15 :
from new installed kali delete anything inside /etc/apt/sources.list and add following 2 lines to:
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free

while you still in your new installed kali please install ralink in order to use wifi with the following command :

apt-get update ; apt-get install firmware-misc-nonfree

adding normal user :

adduser newusername              #creat user
addgroup newusername             #cerat group
adduser newusername newusername  #add user to the group
adduser newusername sudo         #add user to sudo group to be able to use sudo.

finally i think this should help you as i hope so :)

  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
    – terdon
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 15:11
  • @terdon can we attach screenshot in comments? Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 4:13
  • @vipin8169 you can provide links with this format: [link text](http://example.com). However, if you feel you have to, you should probably add them to your question instead.
    – terdon
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 7:36
  • @younes please help! Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 16:26
  • check out chat :)
    – Yunus
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 18:11

I create my USBs with this tool. It works perfectly when I select it as a boot device. Maybe your boot menu is disabled by default, so make sure you enable it in your BIOS Settings (that happened me in a Packard Bell Laptop, for example). Try to find out which key is the one to access the boot menu, as it depends on the brand.

Source: I also have Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in my hard drive and Kali Linux (Sana).

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