How To Create Bootable USB Drive With Rufus

I was thinking about switching to Linux for a while now. I’ve experimented with it on and off since my Windows 95 and 98 days. Too many issues right now to switch over from Windows but I’m going to try to install Linux on my old Acer laptop.

First, I need Linux. My laptop was originally Windows Vista. I need a version of Linux designed for lower grade systems. I decided on Lubuntu

I downloaded the ISO version: 18.04.3 Bionic Beaver LTS (LXDE) because I needed a 32-bit version of the OS for my system.

Then I downloaded Rufus

It’s a utility for creating bootable USB flash drives. It’s simple to use. I downloaded the portable version (no installation required) and ran it. The first thing you have to do is choose your device. Mine is already selected in this screenshot.

Then click on the SELECT button to choose your ISO.

You can change the Volume label, otherwise, I left all the settings as they were. Some settings like the Partition scheme and Target system, I could not change. Then just click on START.

I can confirm that the USB drive is bootable and it works, so in my next article, I’ll show you how to install Linux.

About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

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