Boot From USB

More systems these days are coming without optical drives (no CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray). Without the ability to boot from physical install media, how do we install an OS or boot into low-level system maintenance tools? This question is asked over and over again with a myriad of different suggestions provided online. Many suggestions are overly complicated or only work to boot specific tools / operating systems.

My favorite tool that aims to solve this USB boot problem in a more simple and generic way is “UNetbootin”. It is a GUI program that helps you make a bootable USB version of your install media or downloaded ISO for popular boot-disks. You can find UNetbootin and accompanying documentation on the project website at

I hope you find this utility a useful addition to your IT tool-kit!


About notesbytom

Keeping technology notes on to free up my mind to solve new problems rather than figuring out the same ones repeatedly :-).
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