How to create Linux Mint Live USB drive on Windows

Linux Mint Live USB drive

There are myriad of ways to create a Linux Live / installation USB drive, but one of the best ways that I recommend is by using the Rufus utility. It is a free tool that has been around since several years and makes a reliable installation USB. I have personally tried and tested this on Windows 10.

Linux Mint Live USB drive

Steps to create Linux Mint Live / installation USB drive

Step 1: Get an empty USB drive of at least 2 GB, but I don’t recommend not more than 8 GB because not all PCs can boot through USB drives of more than 8 GB capacity.

Step 2: Download Rufus utility for Windows. It is a free portable utility and so doesn’t need installation.

Download Rufus

Step 3: Download the latest version of Linux Mint from their website. Again, this is also 100% free operating system. The downloaded file will be in ISO format. As of today, they have Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon edition. You can grab the 64-bit edition for best performance.

Step 4: Right-click on the downloaded Rufus program and select ‘Run as Administrator’.

Step 5: Rufus Settings:

Rufus User Interface
Rufus User Interface

Click on the CD drive icon near the check box ‘Create a bootable disk using ISO Image’ and select the Linux Mint ISO file that you downloaded, for example mine says linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso.

In the same interface, click on drop-down list under ‘Partition scheme and target system type’, select ‘MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI’.

Next select file system as ‘FAT32’ and finally click ‘Start’.

Step 6: Keep the ISO Image mode to write when prompted and click OK.

Rufus Prompt
Rufus Prompt

Step 7: Wait until Rufus writes the data to the USB flash drive. At the end of process, you should see the structure similar to mine.

USB drive Contents after process is finished
USB drive Contents after process is finished

That’s it. Your Linux Mint Live USB / Installation is ready!

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Ian Russell
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unfortunately, the USB stick (4GB) is not recognised. I get a message please insert appropriate media and reboot

Ian Russell
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unfortunately it does not work. the 4GB USB stick is not recognised. I get a message please insert appropriate media and reboot.

Markus
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No luck here. The Sandisk 4GB USB stick is simply ignored.

Markus
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No luck here. The USB stick is simply ignored.

Kat Worsfold
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Thank you so much for this tutorial. I used a Sandisk Cruzer Switch 8 GB and everything worked perfectly. Your steps were easy to follow – clear and logical. I can finally now boot into my desktop computer which was stuck on grub rescue>. Hopefully I will now be able to resolve the issue. 🙂

Sidhartha Shankar
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Dear Kiran,
Thank you! I never though creating a live usb can be so simple. I used a Sandisk 16 gb USB to create Live USB. your steps were easy to follow and result was perfect.

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