Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/191054/how-to-create-bootable-usb-drives-and-sd-cards-for-every-operating-system/
Creating installation media for your operating system of choice used to be simple. Just download an ISO and burn it to CD or DVD. Now we’re using USB drives, and the process is a little different for each operating system.
For Linux, I usually prefer Linux Live USB Creator - Unetbootin puts its own boot menu, which sometimes duplicates entries, sometimes doesn't work, and never looks nice.
In Linux the dd command can be used to write ISO files to the USB drive as well as IMG files. For some Linux distros dd is actually necessary because UNetbootin will overwrite a needed file and render the OS unbootable. If you're using Windows I recommend using Linux LIve USB Creator. It's free and supports a wide range of Linux distros and recent Windows versions.
Worthy of note is that the Windows 7 procedures using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool can only create a 64 bit bootable USB if using it on a 64 bit machine. On Windows 8 and 8.1, you can only download an image that matches the bit setting of the downloading system. These can be severe limitations if you are wanting to change from a 32 bit system to a 64 bit one.
A way around these limitations for Win 7 is rather obvious. Find a mate with a 64 bit machine and do the lob there. For the Windows 8 and 8.1 downloads do not create a USB when asked. Opt for creating an ISO and then find a mate with a 64 bit machine and use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. It will work OK on Win 8 and 8.1 .
One cannot download a Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO with an OEM product key. Microsoft gives the phony message that they are busy and try later.
Rufus is a small app ive been using and its perfect
Rufus works great. Yumi is another option.
And if you want to go one step further and run your Linux directly from the flash drive, use the Universal USB Installer. Here is how.
Use a generic KMS key [Google that, they're on MS's website]/
Then after installing, activate with the real key.
Hey! That's cool! I've never heard of KMS Keys before. That saves a lot of trouble.
Hmm nice I think USB Light and USB Pen will be also good choice.
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