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UNetbootin – The First Step Towards Linux

by Johnny Karp 5 August 2009 4 Comments

Features Overview

  • Allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions
  • Works both from Windows and Linux
  • Can also be used to load various system utilities like partition managers or system repair tools.


UNetbootin is a small freeware utility that allows you to create bootable USB drives for a wide range of Linux distributions. I decided to install and test Linux Mint on my PC and I didn’t want to create a bootable CD, it’s much easier and comfortable to use and USB disk for that purpose. Although UNetbootin supports dozens of Linux distributions and versions it still does not support the latest version of Linux Mint. That was not a big problem though, I downloaded the .iso file and loaded it into the program easily.

unetbootin screenshot 1

The USB disk that I inserted was recognized automatically by the program, so everything was ready to go.

unetbootin screenshot 2

It took less than five minutes to create the bootable USB disk and it was extremely easy, I just had to make a few clicks and wait.

unetbootin screenshot 3

You can also use this freeware program to run several system utilities from an USB disk, partition managers or system recovery tools.

Version Tested



Geza Kovacs

Operating System

Windows 2K, XP, Vista; Linux

Download link


It’s open source.

Extremely easy to use.



There you go, if you are a curious Windows user like myself and want to try other operating systems on your machine I think the easiest way to go is through UNetbootin. Create a bootable USB disk, reboot and install the new operating system, with or without giving up on the old one. Now please excuse me, I have to reboot and install Linux Mint 7. Stay tuned to find out how it went 😉

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!



  • Linux Recovery said:

    Such a wonderful creation! I’m so pleased to find your blog!

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • Harmon said:

    I recently read a positive review of Andlinux (http://www.andlinux.org) which is kubuntu running as a process in Windows.

    I ran Linux –first OpenSuse, then RedHat– for a couple years. Great programming environment. Best of luck with your project.

  • craig said:

    I had also come across a good linux tool which i want to share is Stellar Phoenix Linux Recovery software which is quite useful and helpful in recovering data from ext2, ext3 and ReiserFS file systems.The software has simple and interactive “Windows-Explorer” style user interface that enables users to easily recover their lost data

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