How to Create an Ubuntu Boot Disk

By Allen Bethea

You can boot Ubuntu Linux from a CD, DVD, SD card or USB thumb drive.
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At one time, only technically competent and persistent mavens could install Linux on their business or personal computers. Today, however, just about anyone can quickly and easily install Linux distributions like Ubuntu by simply booting a CD and answering a few questions. Windows has a built-in utility you can use to create an Ubuntu boot disk by burning an ISO, or International Organization for Standardization, disc image containing the operating system and all the files you need to install and run Ubuntu Linux.

Step 1

Remove all CDs or DVDs from your computer. Insert a blank CD-R into your computer's disc burner drive.

Step 2

Launch your Web browser and go to the Ubuntu website (see link in Resources) where you can download the ISO file for the latest version of Ubuntu.

Step 3

If the "flavor" or processor architecture of Ubuntu you need differs from the one recommended by the website, click the button directly beneath the text "Choose your flavor" to choose either the 32- or 64-bit ISO.

Step 4

Click the "Download Ubuntu" button. Click "Save" in the browser Notification bar.

Step 5

Click "View Downloads" when the the download is complete.

Step 6

Right-click on an Ubuntu ISO image then select “Burn disc image” to launch Windows' Disc Image Burner utility.

Step 7

Click the check box next to "Verify disc after burning" to ensure that an error-free boot disc is created.

Step 8

Click the "Burn" button to begin writing the Ubuntu disc.