Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions used worldwide. It is decently stable, quick, and can run on a system with just 2 GB RAM and 25 GB hard disk space.
If you want to test drive or install Ubuntu, you will need a Ubuntu Live DVD or a USB live drive. You can easily create a Ubuntu Live USB drive yourself on your Windows machine.
Ubuntu Live USB drive lets you test drive Ubuntu without actually installing it on your computer. Hence, there will be no change in your system configuration or hard disk partitions.
After your test drive the Live environment, and when you feel Ubuntu can become a daily driver, you can use the same Live USB drive to install Ubuntu on your computer.
Creating Ubuntu Desktop Live USB Drive
STEP 1: Get an empty USB flash drive of at least 2 GB capacity. I don’t recommend 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.
STEP 3: Download the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop from their website. Again, this is also 100% free operating system. The downloaded file will be in ISO format. The downloaded ISO should look something like this: ubuntu-16.04.1-desktop-amd64.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 checkbox ‘Create a bootable disk using ISO Image’ and select the Ubuntu ISO file that you downloaded, for example, mine says ubuntu-16.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso.
(#2) In the same interface, click on the 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’.
STEP 6: Keep the ISO Image mode to write when prompted and click OK.
STEP 7: Wait until Rufus writes the data to the USB flash drive.
That’s it. Your Ubuntu Desktop Live USB drive is ready! You can boot into it and test drive it. It also serves as an installation media just in case you decided to install it.