How to create Fedora Live USB drive on Windows

fedora live usb drive

Red Hat Linux sponsored Fedora is one of the highly polished Linux operating systems available today. It is extremely stable and highly optimized for touch screen. It’s workstation version should be a very good alternative for Windows operating system. If you plan to test drive it, then creating a live USB drive is the way to go. At the end of this tutorial you will have a shiny Fedora Workstation Live USB drive. You can use it to test drive Fedora without affecting your computer partitions.

fedora live usb drive

Create Fedora Live USB Drive

STEP 1: Get an empty USB flash drive of at least 2 GB capacity. 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. You can execute the program right away.

Download Rufus

STEP 3: Download the latest version of Fedora Workstation from their website. Again, this is also 100% free operating system. The downloaded file will be in ISO format. As of today, they have Fedora 25 Workstation edition. The downloaded ISO should look something like this: Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-25-1.3.iso. The version number may vary depending on when you are downloading.

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

STEP 5: Rufus Settings:

(#1) Click on the CD drive icon near the check box ‘Create a bootable disk using ISO Image’ and select the Fedora Workstation ISO file that you downloaded, for example mine says Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-25-1.3.iso.

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

(#3) Next select file system as ‘FAT32’.

(#4) Finally click ‘Start’.

RUFUS SETTINGS
RUFUS SETTINGS

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.

That’s it. Your Fedora Workstation Live USB drive is ready! You can boot into it and test drive Fedora and install it if you like it.

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