Booting an ISO natively in windows

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  1. atomicmufin

    atomicmufin Banned

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    linux is useful for a lot of things, but some people dont want to install it, or burn it to a CD.
    Here's how to boot in from within windows.
    Tested on XP, but should work for vista. Confirm anybody?

    Requirements:
    Windows Computer
    USB portable storage device
    Your favorite Live Linux or other LiveCD image (ISO)
    Custom StartLinux.exe including Qemu, Kqemu files

    The Process:
    1. Create a directory on your USB device named QStart
    2. Download the self extracting 7-z StartLinux.exe file
    3. Run StartLinux.exe and extract the contained files to the QStart directory on your flash drive
    4. Download your favorite Linux CD (ISO) Image and copy it to the QStart directory on the flash drive
    5. Double click the StartLinux.bat file to boot linux directly from the portable flash device

    This configuration reserves 256MB of system memory for the virtual Linux operating environment. If you wish to increase or decrease this capacity, edit the -m value on the last line of the StartLinux.bat file.

    DISK IMAGES (ISO):
    Gentoo - Based on FreeBSD
    SLAX - Based on Slackware
    Knoppix - Based on Debian
    PCLinuxOS - Based on Mandrake
    Ubuntu - Based on Debian
    Kubuntu - KDE Ubuntu version
    Xubuntu - Light Ubuntu version uses Xfce desktop environment
    gOS - Based on Ubuntu with an Enlightenment interface
    Damn Small Linux - Debian (Knoppix remaster)
    Puppy Linux - Barry Kauler wrote almost everything from scratch
    UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) - Diagnostics CD
    SuSe Live DVD - Based on the Jurix distribution
    System Rescue CD - Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and your data after a crash
    Feather Linux - Knoppix remaster (based on Debian)
    FreeBSD - derived from BSD
    Mandriva One - formerly known as Mandrake Linux
    Fedora - Another community driven Linux distribution

    *Note that Qemu boot is slightly slower than booting directly from the USB flash drive or CD at startup. However, it's nice to be able to run Linux from the device even if the computer doesn't support USB boot.
  2. mmitt

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    Nice guide. I actually haven't even tried this yet...
  3. atomicmufin

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    its pretty sweet.
    only takes a little over a minute to boot for most iso's.

    i'm running backtrack as i type this.
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    I'll test this on Windows 7, report back towmorrow.
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    Can I use a kalyway iso with this :3
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    Might I suggest you add Linux Mint? Nice Ubuntu-based Linux distro with a soft green theme. Mostly based on Gnome though.
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    you should be able to, since the OS has been re-written to work on a windows machine.

    try it and let us know.
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    Doubt it. Most ISOs with Linux are made to be fully bootable from a CD. Without the LiveCD feature included in the actual image, it probably won't work.
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    I'm scared D:::

    Maybe it's specifically for a Linux os.
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    atomicmufin Banned

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    well, thats what qemu was designed for, but why not try it?

    worst you could do is get an error.

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