How To Create Windows Bootable USB Flash Drive
Gone are days when we use CD ROM Disk Drive (CD Disk) to create bootable operating system for our computer.
USB Flash Drive has replace CD Disk in many areas of application including, using it to create Bootable USB Flash Drive for our PC. USB Flash Drive is a portable device that be carried along and use anywhere.
There are different types of PC utility softwares from Windows, Linux and Mac to create bootable operating system on our USB Flash Drive.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create Bootable USB Flash Drive with YUMI. It also known as Your Universal Multiboot Installer, is the successor to MultibootISOs.
It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning – backup, penetration testing, diagnostic tools, and much more.
It makes it easy for anyone to create their very own custom All-In-One Multi use diagnostic USB PC Repair Toolkit. That is, Install, Boot, and Run Linux from USB. Your Portable Linux OS toolkit.
Contrary to MultiBootISOs which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts back to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.
Aside from a few distributions, all files are stored within the Multiboot folder, making for a nicely organized Portable Multiboot USB Drive that can still be used for other storage purposes.
YUMI currently work on Windows and Linux. On Linux, WINE has previously worked for running YUMI from a Linux OS, with the exception of Fat32 Formatting the USB drive. However you can always format your USB Flash Drive with your PC.
YUMI was originally intended to be used to store and run various “LIVE Linux” Operating Systems and tools from USB. Using YUMI to install Linux from USB to a Hard Drive works on many but not all distributions.
The developers are working to fix that, so if you encounter a situation like that let me know, may be I might be able to help you. See How To Use WINE on Linux Distribution To Create MultiBoot/Bootable USB Flash Drive.
YUMI Multiboot/Bootable USB Flash Drive Creation
YUMI works much like Universal USB Installer, except it can be used to add more than one distribution to run Live from your Thumb Drive. USB Bootable Distributions can also be uninstalled using the same tool!
How To Format Flash Drive with YUMI
YUMI can be used to format your select USB drive or hard drive letters: but be aware that all partitions on the selected drive will also be deleted.
Ensure that you have made a backup of any information you want to keep before using YUMI on any drive.
Basic Essentials to create a MultiSystem/Bootable USB Drive
- Fat32 or *NTFS Formatted USB Flash or USB Hard Drive
- PC that can boot from USB
- Windows Vista/7/8/10 or Linux/Mac OS with (WINE)
- YUMI-18.104.22.168.exe (Current version when writing this post)
- ISO Files
Steps To Create Windows Bootable USB Flash Drive With YUMI
- First step is to download YUMI from pendrivelinux.com
- Save or copy and paste it on your Desk top.
- Lauch YUMI
- Click Agree
- Insert your USB Flash Drive into your PC
- Select the USB Drive letter of your device
- Select your operating system type (distribution) from the list
- Browse your PC to select ISO file from your PC
- CLick create to start the process. After 7 – 9 minutes the process should be completed.
- Click next
- Would you like to add more ISOs/Distros Now on D:?
- Select Yes or No. Click Yes to add more ISOs/Distros or click No to finish the process.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Your USB drive must be Fat16/Fat32/NTFS formatted, otherwise Syslinux will fail and your drive will NOT Boot. NTFS may not work with every distribution but is required for storing files over 4GB. YUMI UEFI must use Fat32 format.
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