Installing Fedora from USB – Part #1 Windows

Installing Fedora, in fact, installing any os/software from CD takes an age. With the advent of larger and larger USB sticks, which you probably all own, I find it easier to install stuff from a USB stick. It also allows you as a Fedora Ambassador to demo the latest version on a friend/colleagues computer without installing it, and seeing as it’s on USB stick, it’s a lot faster than running it from CD. So how do you create a USB stick with Fedora on it? Well that’s the easy part, especially if you have access to a windows machine, I’ll be covering creating the USB stick on linux in a later post. So follow these easy instructions to create a USB Fedora boot stick.

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It’s pretty self explanatory,  pick your USB stick, pick the location of the ISO image and then click start.  PLEASE NOTE IT WILL FORMAT YOUR USB STICK, so make sure there is nothing on there that you need.

Once done, click close and eject your stick.  You should now be able to boot any machine that’s capable of booting from USB into the live version of Fedora.  First boot gives you the option to try or install.  If this is your first time using Fedora, I’d click try 😀

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Et Viola – Bootable USB Fedora System.  You can now show off to all your friends and colleagues and show them how awesome you are .  I’ll create another post on how to create the USB if you’re already using a Linux variant as it’s a slightly different process.

** UPDATE **

The official method to create Live USB sticks is here – https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB but quite frankly do what’s best for you, what ever works.

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2 thoughts on “Installing Fedora from USB – Part #1 Windows

  1. Please don’t recommend third-party ‘smart’ USB stick creators, as they usually aren’t. The official recommended methods for writing Fedora sticks from Windows are the ones listed on the wiki page:

    https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB

    that is, use SUSE Studio ImageWriter or Rawrite32 on Windows. Utilities that do something more than a dd-style direct write of the image, that have not been written by people with a detailed knowledge of the Fedora boot process, will frequently produce sticks that fail to boot in some configurations.

    In fact, please just point to that wiki page, rather than writing new instruction pages. It’s kept fairly carefully up to date with the best available information. (And no, please don’t edit it to point to things like Rufus or unetbootin).

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  2. SUSE Studio ImageWriter or Rawrite32 are working well but Rufus is working for almost everything i also would recommend Rufus to create sticks on a Windows machine. I also had issues with ImageWriter and Rawrite32 on my second Machine 😉

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