UNetbootin

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About UNetbootin

UNetbootin is a utility for creating live bootable USB drives. The name of the software is short for Universal Netboot Installer, and its most prevalent use has been to create bootable versions of Linux distributions on a USB drive.

UNetbootin doesn’t use distribution-specific rules for making your live USB drive, so most Linux ISO files should load correctly using this option. However, not all distributions support booting from USB, and some others require extra boot options or other modifications before they can boot from USB drives, so these ISO files will not work as-is. Also, ISO files for non-Linux operating systems have a different boot mechanism, so don’t expect them to work either.

Requirements

1 GB or larger USB drive, formatted as FAT32 (most USB drives come formatted as FAT32 by default, but if you need to format it, on Windows, go to My Computer->right click your USB drive->format, or on Linux, use GParted or another partition manager)

Supported operating systems: Windows 2000 and above OR a modern Linux distribution. UNetbootin can also be run from Mac OS X, but note that only PCs (not Macs) can boot the resulting live USB drives.

On Windows XP, you must be logged on as an administrator; on Windows Vista and above, you will be prompted for permissions via UAC.

Additional dependencies (Linux Only): You will need the packages syslinux and p7zip-full installed (no dependencies on Windows)

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UNetbootin Pros

Supports most common distros for download

Cross-platform

Automatically detects USB flash drives

UNetbootin Cons

There's a chance it will destroy your USB

Uninstaller Not Supported

Have issues on autorun.inf when install more than one distributions

Might not work sometimes

UNetbootin reviews

Best in class - Unetbootin

Rated 5 out of 5
September 10, 2021

I haven’t used anything other than dd to create a bootable usb for years. Pretty much any distro I care about figured out how to support this years ago.

Samantha

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