How to create Manjaro Linux Live USB drive in Windows PC

Manjaro is Arch Linux derived Linux distribution

Manjaro Linux is based on the independently developed Arch operating system.  Arch Linux is already known to be exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution.

But Arch Linux is typically targeted to geeks who have some Linux background and exposure to command-line usage. This is where Manjaro Linux pitches in. It gives the user-friendly experience and access to all the AUR software repository.

Manjaro operating system updates are released as a rolling distribution similar to that of Solus. The biggest advantage of rolling distribution is the one-time installation and updates forever functionality. There is no end-of-life version in this kind of development; so you have nothing to worry about upgrades and the compatibility issues following it.

Here is how Manjaro GNOME flavor desktop looks like:

Manjaro GNOME desktop
Manjaro GNOME desktop

Creating Manjaro Live USB flash drive in Windows

Step 1) Download the Manjaro Live ISO images from the official website. There are 3 flavors to choose from including GNOME, KDE, and XFCE editions. For example, I downloaded the GNOME image with file name manjaro-gnome-17.1.2-stable-x86_64.iso. The version number may be different in your case based on when you downloaded it.

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) You need a 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 larger than 8 GB capacity. Note that the flash drive will be formatted during the Live USB drive creation process.

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

Step 5) Set Rufus settings as follows.

#1 Select the Flash drive

#2 Select partition scheme as “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI”.

#3 Click on the ISO image icon and select the downloaded ISO file. In my case, I will select manjaro-gnome-17.1.2-stable-x86_64.iso file. The file name will appear at the bottom status bar of the Rufus user interface.

#4 Finally click on ‘Start’.

Rufus Settings in Windows
Rufus Settings in Windows

STEP 6: Keep the ISO Image mode to write when you see the following dialog box. Click OK.

Rufus Prompt
Rufus ISO image mode

STEP 7: Wait until Rufus writes the data to the USB flash drive.

That’s it. Your Manjaro Live USB drive should be ready. You can plug it into your PC and boot into it, and test drives Manjaro. The same flash drive also serves as a Manjaro installation media just in case you decided to install it.

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

5 COMMENTS

  1. I did it, but when i choose an ISO mode its won’t boot, its say error filesystem in boot and show grub rescue. How to fix it ? Or there are any way to create usb stick ? Sorry my english bad but please help me 🙁

  2. I burned Manjaro to a DVD from the downloaded ISO file. I can boot my computer from the DVD and Manjaro loads and comes up on screen but I don’t have mouse or keyboard control. This makes it impossible for me to install Linux on an empty hard drive. How can I get keyboard function booting up from the DVD?

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