I have downloaded kali linux iso 64-bit version 2020.1 (kali-linux-2020.1-installer-amd64.iso) and I followed the instructions (https://www.kali.org/docs/usb/kali-linux-live-usb-install/) to make a bootable USB using balenaEtcher. But when BIOS boot the USB, in the Kali menu there are no Live options.

The Menu displays the following options:

  • Install
  • Graphical Install
  • Advanced Options
  • Accessible dark contrast installer menu
  • Help
  • Install with speech synthesis

I repeated the procedure but the problem remains.

Technical Info: Turbo-X 64 GB USB, Windows 7 machine

1 Answer 1


The kali-linux-2020.1-installer-amd64.iso is used to install the system, it doesn't provide a live session.

You need to download the Kali Linux 64-Bit (Live) iso : kali-linux-2020.1-live-amd64.iso.

  • This is deceptively annoying. IIRC they used to be packed together ?
    – Pogrindis
    May 22, 2021 at 0:44

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