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How To Install Ubuntu 12.04 from USB Drive

Ubuntu 12.04 (code named as : Precise Pangolin) is a LTS release (right now only beta version is available, stable will be out in a couple of weeks) – with 5 years of official support and updates. So LTS version is well suitable for production environment and if you’re using 11.10 or any other versions then you may want to switch to 12.04 for latest features, packages and stability.

This guide is made for absolute beginners, and will help in setting up Ubuntu 12.04 along with their existing operating system; although it’s not necessary because now you can do everything on Ubuntu and it’s fairly simple to use (and the absolute Freedom offered by Free ‘n’ Open Source softwares) , so you may swap out your current operating system completely with Ubuntu 12.04.

To install Ubuntu – first create a live USB, CD or DVD installer and boot your system – you may need to change your BIOS settings if your computer doesn’t boot from the live media installer. To get into the BIOS menu simply hit F2 or F12 or Del key – it depends on your system. Then, navigate through the arrow key and go boot devices/options and enable the USB boot, then change the order of bootable media (put USB on top) and save it (you may have to hit F10 for that).

The installation process is quite easy but first of all you must create a backup of all your important data – it’s not like you’re going to lose the data but you can’t blame me if anything goes wrong. So it’s better to have everything backed up before you start.

Although, step by step manual is described below, this screencast may help you a lot.

Step by Step Instruction for installing Ubuntu 12.04

step 0. Make Sure, You’ve backed up your important data

First of All, Backup All Your Important Data (either online, using Amazon s3 or offline or whatever way you prefer – but you must have backed up your critical data before moving to the next step)

step 1. Create USB installer

Download Ubuntu 12.04 ISO (according to your computer architecture such as 32 bit or 64 bit, and of course the Desktop Edition)

If you’re using Windows 7(most probably you’re, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this, just kidding 🙂 move on) or XP/Vista – then create a USB installer using the application – Universal USB Installer. It’s quite easy – download and run this installer – and locate the ISO file, select the target USB drive.

If you’re using any older version of Ubuntu such as 11.10 or 10.04 then there is one application you need to use – Startup Disk Creator, installed by default on Ubuntu. Run the application, locate the ISO image and make your pen-drive bootable.

Anyway, at the end of this step – you must have a USB stick installer for Ubuntu 12.04.

step 2. Initiating Installation procedure

Now, you got the live usb installer for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, restart you computer and boot it from the installer. If there is any booting problem check your BIOS settings – it should be able to boot from a USB and the priority should be #1 (although it’s not really required if you manually select the bootable media).

First look at Ubuntu 12.04 (with the default Unity interface)-


Click on Install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS button to start the installation process – although you can get an overview without even installing it on your hard-drive.

welcome window

Now select Language – The default is English, but Ubuntu supports a lot of other languages – so you can run ubuntu in your native language.


Now’re you’re ready to install Ubuntu 12.04 on your hard disk. Although Internet connection is recommended but it’s not strictly required during installation as you can always updates or install new packages later. In some cases – Wifi network it may not be detected automatically – just relax you can configure that later.

preparing to install Ubuntu

step 3. Create hard drive partition for Ubuntu

Select Installation type – ‘something else’, the third option as it’s the safest method and you get more control over what’s going on.


Now you need to create a ext4 partition for Ubuntu 12.04; use the partition manager – swap out Windows (if you don’t want to keep windows) or unused partition or create new partition from existing hard drives.


Now click on Free Space -> Add -> Create Partition.


select the target partition (check the box), where Ubuntu 12.04 will be installed.


Until now, no hard disk changes has been committed – Now you can click on install Now button to begin installation.


step 4. Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Select your physical location from Map.

Select Your location

Next, choose the keyboard layout, if you’re not sure what option you should choose – then you should probably go for default value.

choose keyboard-layout

Enter the user (You, the sudo user) account detail – that will be created during installation procedure (you can create/manager user later).

creating user-account

Wait until the installation process is complete. If you’re connected to internet – it may take little extra time because of update/extra language packs – if you don’t want them, then skip those steps. (if don’t get it clearly, then watch the video)


step 5. Finishing Installation – Restart!

Restart the Computer
Have Fun 🙂

Update1 : BIOS settings related details added. Thanks to @Eric Criens.


How to install Linux Mint 12 : using live USB or CD/DVD

Linux Mint 12 (Code Named as Lisa) is released. Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux based operating system – and it’s the most user friendly Linux Desktop on this planet. If you’ve been a Windows users, then you just need to relax, installing a Linux distribution isn’t so complex/difficult as you think – specially Linux Mint (well, I’m not referring to ArchLinux).

Although installing Linux Mint 12 is no different from installing Ubuntu 11.10, I’ll still provide a snapshot guide for installing Linux Mint 12 on a fresh computer or along side (as dual boot) with Windows 7 or other operating system (using a usb stick).

Step by Step instruction for installing Linux Mint 12(Dual Boot)

Attention Required! : First of all, create a backup copy of all your important files.

1. Create a bootable media (USB/CD/DVD)

download the ISO file (CD or DVD edition) for Linux Mint 12, from the official website.

Download Linux Mint

Now,create a live CD/DVD installer by burning the ISO file on to an disc or better create a live USB installer using this application – Universal USB Installer (On Windows).

2. Starting Installation

Insert the bootable USB and restart your computer. Now, it should automatically boot from boot media (pendrive or CD or DVD). Then click on install button (it’s there on desktop, when you boot your system using Live media) to begin the installation procedure.


starting installation

3. Selecting installation Type

There are three options (you can see in snapshot attached below), first one is also cool – will save you few steps (but not recommended), second one is super cool but delete everything and install a fresh Linux Mint 12 (so it’s recommended only for a fresh computer) and third one is advanced option with more flexibility so better go for it (specifically if you want to install Linux mint on a specific partition).

select installation-type
Select a partition to install Linux Mint 12
Create a partition of around 20GB (or may be 10 GB if you just want to give it a try or 50 GB or more, if you want to use Linux as a primary operating system).

create partition for Linux Mint
After selecting a free space partition, click on Add button and fill the details according to the snapshot given –
Partition Size (in MB) : e.g 20000
Location for the New Partition : it specifies the location in GRUB menu, during boot process.

  • Beginning : if you select beginning, then the Linux Mint will be the default OS (if you are running more than one OS, which is usually the case in this installation Type) at GRUB menu. so during boot option if you want to boot into another OS (say Windows), then you will have to select that using arrow key.
  • End : It means Linux Mint will be pushed in the end at GRUB menu

In short, choose beginning if are going to use Linux Mint as primary OS.

Use as (specify file system) : Ext4 journaling file system

Mount Point : /

create required partition
Now, the target partition is selected, you need to select the location for boot loader installation. Leave it default if you are not sure (but do not select any hard drive that you may want to remove later or swap with another PC). Then click on Install Now button to begin actual installation.

install on selected-partition

4. Just Follow the instruction

Select your location
select keyboard-layout
create first user
installation in progress

5. Restart on Completion

Installation process will be completed with 15 to 30 minutes. On completion, you will get a confirmation window –

Just click on Restart and Enjoy! You’ve successfully installed Linux Mint 12. Have Fun 🙂

installing ubuntu from usb stick

How to install ubuntu 10.04 from usb stick

Installing Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx) LTS by using Pen(USB)-drive

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx can be installed by using live CD or USB or other methods.Procedure are almost same except in USB-stick method first you have to create USB installer for Ubuntu 10.04.You can do it by using a simple application “Universal USB Installer”.It is available for windows operating system.If you are a Ubuntu user then you can easily create USB startup disk from System->Administration->Startup Disk Creator.If you are using windows XP/Vista/7 then you can follow the steps (explained below) –

installing ubuntu from usb stick

1. First,Download Ubuntu 10.04 ISO file from it’s official website.
Download Ubuntu

2. Download USB installer to create bootable USB-stick(Download Link is given below

Download USB Installer

3. Then click on Run when you will be prompted.If any security dialog appears then confirm by clicking on run.Next Read the license agreement and click on “I Agree” to continue.

4. Next,Insert a USB stick(Pen-drive) having a minimum memory space of 2GB.

5. Now,select the Ubuntu Desktop(or other) addition from DropDown List.

6. Click on ‘Browse’ and open the downloaded ISO file.

7. Choose the USB stick/drive and click on create and also check the box to format usb stick.

8. Withion few minutes the process will complete.Then restart the computer and boot it from USB stick(If your computer doesn’t boot from USB stick then edit the BIOS settings) and install it to your hard-drive.

9. Then,select the drive/partition in which you want to install Ubuntu 10.04(If you want to make your computer Dual Boot) or just erase(and use) the entire disk(In this case windows vista/7 will be removed completely) and install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.Enter the login details and click on install to continue.It will hardly take 30 minutes.Restart your computer.That’s All.