How to create an Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LiveUSB Disk in Windows

With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Lts today, I thought it’d be a good idea to explain how easy it is to create a LiveUSB disk so all those folks who are still using Windows (catch up guys) can give Ubuntu a whirl without installing it first.

A LiveUSB disk is essentially a bootable USB drive that can be booted from with a workable installation of an operating system on it, all you have to do is plug the drive in, boot the computer, hit F11 and select the drive to boot from. At this point you’ll be showen a menu giving you a choice of trying Ubuntu, or installing Ubuntu, for most people the choice will be to try it out first, so select that option and let Ubuntu boot on your PC, it’s probably the easiest way to get a taster before you take that inevitable plunge of wiping Windows and installing Ubuntu as your main OS.

What you’ll need before you start is one copy of Ubuntu 14.04 (at the time of writing this, Ubuntu hadn’t updated their site) which can be downloaded here:

Ubuntu 14.04 Lts

A copy of a program called UNetbootin which can be downloaded form here

and obviously a PC or Laptop running windows and a USB drive.

Once you have everything ready, run the UNetbootin file (it doesn’t need to be installed) and you’ll be presented with a window similar to this:

UNetbootins Main Window

UNetbootins Main Window

The first step is to select the Ubuntu ISO image that you downloaded, click on “DiskImage” then select the browse button (Number 1 in the Image), browse to where you saved your ISO file and select it.

Step 2; make sure that USB Drive is selected and then select the drive letter that corresponds to your chosen drive.

Then simply click “OK” and let the program create the LiveUSB for you.

It’s as easy as that.

When you decide to install Ubuntu 14.04 see the post here on how to install it and make it your main OS 🙂 you wont regret it.