How To Create A Linux Mint USB Drive Using Windows 10

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Introduction

Here is an updated guide showing how to create a Linux Mint USB drive using Windows 10.

Linux Mint is currently the 2nd most popular distribution according to Distrowatch. The rankings at Distrowatch are only really a guideline to a particular distribution’s popularity but it is obvious why Linux Minx ranks so highly. It is easy to install, easy to use and it comes with a great selection of the best free software.

Incidentally, number 1 on the list is Manjaro and if you would prefer to try out Manjaro feel free to follow this guide which shows how to create a bootable Linux USB drive.


 

Download Linux Mint


You can download Linux Mint from https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

At the bottom of the page you will see the following download links

  • Cinnamon – 32 bit and 64 bit
  • Mate – 32 bit and 64 bit
  • Xfce – 32 bit and 64 bit
If you have a fairly modern computer then I highly recommend using Cinnamon as it provides a stylish desktop experience which is easy to use and if all you have ever used thus far is Windows you will feel instantly familiar with the interface. (Think Windows 7 on steroids).
Mate is the version you would use on a slightly older computer. It is still stylish and the interface looks and behaves in much the same way as the Cinnamon version but it is more lightweight in terms of resources and of course this means it lacks the bells and whistles that Cinnamon provides.
XFCE is an alternative to Mate and is also lightweight. The theming is still the same as the Mate and Cinnamon version. With XFCE you have more control over customising your desktop.

 

When you have made your choice click on the relevant link. For example if you have a 32-bit computer choose the 32-bit link otherwise choose the 64-bit link. Most modern computers are 64-bit. If you are unsure follow the instructions in the box below.

To find out your computer’s architecture type “PC INFO” into the search bar in the bottom left corner.

How to find out if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

An option will appear called “About Your PC”. Click on this option.

Look for the “System Type”. If it says 64-bit click the 64-bit link next to the version of Mint you wish to try otherwise click the 32-bit link.


Linux Mint Download Link

An information page will appear describing the version you have chosen including the download size and the MD5 checksum.

Click on the mirror link closest to where you live.

The file will download.

You should follow this guide which will help you check your downloaded version against the checksum on the information page.

Download And Install Etcher

 Create a Linux Mint USB using Etcher

Etcher is the best tool for creating bootable USB drives for Linux and Windows. It is also cross platform so you can create Linux USB drives using Windows and Windows USB drives using Linux or any combination you desire.

To get Etcher visit https://etcher.io/

The download link relevant to your operating system should already be selected. Click on the download link.

Starting Etcher

After the Etcher file has downloaded click on the executable.
Etcher License
When the license agreement appears click on the “I Agree” button. The software will now install itself.
Starting Etcher

Create The Linux Mint USB Drive

To start Etcher search for “Etcher” using the Windows search box.
 Create a Linux bootable drive
When the Etcher application loads click on the “Select Image” box. This will bring up the file dialog box. Click on the “Downloads” folder and choose the Linux Mint ISO image that you downloaded earlier.
Choose Linux Mint ISO
Create a Linux Mint USB drive
Insert a blank USB drive into the port on your computer and click on the “Select drive” button.
Etcher Select Drive
Choose the USB drive you wish to install Linux Mint onto.

Note that the USB drive will be completely wiped and therefore you should make sure there is no data on it that you wish to keep.
Flash an image to a USB drive
Click the “Flash” button to start the installation of the Linux Mint ISO to the USB drive.

Etcher creating a Linux Mint USB drive

Boot Into Linux Mint 19

Reboot your computer and as it starts to boot press the relevant key to load the boot menu for your system.

Manufacturer Boot Keys

When you are in the boot menu select the Linux Mint USB drive.

Linux Mint will now boot.

12 Comments

  1. Complete guide! It's what i've done at the first time, exept the part Win32 ImageWriter.
    I've preferred UNetBootin, allow persistence for ubuntu and derivates like Mint: persistence it's a storage memory on the pendrive (less than 4 GB, due to file system FAT32) that saves changes and some added software.

  2. I followed everything exactly, I got the menu and selected EFI USB Device.
    Afterwards I recieve a menu with options:
    -Start Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit
    -(same option in compatibility mode)
    -OEM install
    -Check intergity of the medium

    I've tryed the first two options, but it just shows a black screen. 🙁

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