tutorial is for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). You can make a persistent version (2GB+ USB stick or USB hard disk
required) so that any changes you make will be remembered (e.g. wireless
WEP/WPA settings, country, wallpaper, etc.). In addition, once you have created a bootable USB stick - you can
use it to install Ubuntu onto a PC (or even dual boot on a PC).
Do you want to have a persistent OS but run from an ISO file and use grub4dos and have only 4 files on your USB drive? No Problem!
- Download and copy the single file ubuntu-11.04-desktop-i386.iso to a new folder on your hard disk (e.g. C:\Ubuntu) or if you have a USB drive already prepared, copy it to the USB drive.
- Make or add these lines to a new menu.lst file in the same folder, contents are as below:
Note: if you want a persistent filesystem then keep the word 'persistent' in the command line and make a casper-rw file in step 5.
Format your USB drive using RMPrepUSB (v2.1.605 or later) - FAT32 + HDD, set the 5 - Copy Files source to the C:\Ubuntu folder of your hard disk - click 6 Prepare Drive
and wait for it to finish. If you already have a bootable USB drive
with grub4dos and a menu.lst then skip this and just copy over the ISO
file and add the menu entries to your existing menu.lst file.
- Run Install grub4dos and install a grub4dos MBR (answer='Yes') and allow it to copy the grldr file over.
- If you want a persistent filesystem to keep all your changes, make a new casper-rw file using the Create Ext2 FS button in RMPrepUSB (1GB recommended).
Your usb pen should now contain these 4 files:
Directory of E:\
16/07/2011 18:15 280,024 grldr
22/07/2011 17:43 1,128 menu.lst
22/07/2011 10:01 718,583,808 ubuntu-11.04-desktop-i386.iso
22/07/2011 18:24 1,100,003,840 casper-rw
4 File(s) 1,818,868,800 bytes
Note: If you want to place the ISO file in a different folder, make sure you change all the references to the iso file in menu.lst.
Instructions for installing from USB to Hard Disk can be found here. To install onto a hard disk alongside Windows 7, choose 'Something else'
and then choose a 5GB+ partition to install Ubuntu to. The partition will be re-formatted
so you need to make sure that there is nothing you want on it.
You can first use EaSeus Home Partition Manager to shrink an existing partition if you like and then create a new partition.
Top things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (includes installing Flash and getting latest updates).
Let me know how you get on here.