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Old 10-29-2020, 12:16 AM   #1
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Unetbootin doesnt work with linux


Ok right so I have a laptop which I tried to download linux on using UNetbootin and it was goi.ng well until when I had to choose between UNetbootin and windows I choose UNetbootin and it just gave me an error saying Windows could not start. Does anyone know how to fix this please.

Also I don't have an usb device so I can't boot linux from there
 
Old 10-29-2020, 12:42 AM   #2
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No idea what you did, or how. You have to provide some actual information before anyone can help you. Details about what you did, and how, are essential. Pleas see the forum post on what is expected of posters.
 
Old 10-29-2020, 05:56 AM   #3
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a better way to use UNetbootin is to download the .iso you want to your Desktop .That way yo ucan chck integrity of download via sha md5 or what ever.

Unetbootin has a option via a browse button to select an iso on your PC.You then select your usb device for unetbootin to put the iso onto the usb in an appropriate manner.


A few times i've found Unetbootin doesn't work as expected. Mostly i now use https://ventoy.net/en/index.html Ventoy has the advantage that once you format a stick you just drag and drop intact , no dd stuff onto the usb. With several iso ,you get a chance to boot from any.

Regarding booting from usb, best to disable fast boot and make sure you have "boot from usb" enabled.

If you don't have a usb , i suggest you get one say 16 gig they are extremely useful , so for instance i have grub rescue on ventoy stick

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Old 10-29-2020, 06:23 AM   #4
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Did you re-format the usb as fat32 first? If this is a windows iso and your created usb from linux try woeusb.
 
Old 10-29-2020, 07:19 AM   #5
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Cheers captain_sensible - I don't often have the need, but ventoy looks handy.
 
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Old 10-29-2020, 02:58 PM   #6
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I have a 16GB USB3 stick almost full of .iso files. I have a couple of versions of Debian live, gparted-live, and a few more distros on it. I also have veracrypt in case I need to access one of my encrypted containers. Ventoy is very useful. When you boot from it, you get a menu list of all available .iso files, and you can boot any of them.
 
Old 10-31-2020, 05:00 AM   #7
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captain_sensible,

It is often said that you learn something new each day, so thanks for the ventoy tip.
 
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Old 10-31-2020, 07:29 AM   #8
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Also I don't have an usb device so I can't boot linux from there
But that's what unetbootin is for!
 
Old 10-31-2020, 08:42 AM   #9
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when I had to choose between UNetbootin and windows I choose UNetbootin and it just gave me an error saying Windows could not start.
If you don't have a usb to use, you can do a "frugal install" described on the page at the link below. This basically writes the iso to a partition on the hard disk as a "Live" image which can be used to install your Linux. This appears to be what you have done, though unsuccessfully as it should boot when selected. Your post is sorely lacking in details as to what you have and what you did?
 
  


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