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.
You can read more about Linux Mint from their website at https://www.linuxmint.com/
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
To find out your computer’s architecture type “PC INFO” into the search bar in the bottom left corner.
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.
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.
You should follow this guide which will help you check your downloaded version against the checksum on the information page.
Download And Install 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.
Create The Linux Mint USB Drive
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.
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.
When you are in the boot menu select the Linux Mint USB drive.
Linux Mint will now boot.