Hey, guys! I had quite the adventure today trying to run Ubuntu on my son's laptop from a flash drive, so I thought I would share what I learned here in case some of you would like to try it.
The laptop I am presently using for coding classes is an Asus ROG Gaming Laptop. It has an Intel i7 processor, 16 gb of ram, and a 1TB HDD. There are still over 250 gb of space left, so, theoretically, I could run Ubuntu on this machine as a dual boot with the current Windows 10 OS, but that would require me to partition the drive, which I haven't tried before, so I decided that, since this isn't my computer, I'd go for the less invasive option.
The steps for making this happen are as follows:
- Download Ubuntu
- Download Rufus and create a bootable drive.
- Edit Power Button Settings in Windows Control Panel
- Copy Ubuntu to flash drive.
- Edit System Bios
- Run Ubuntu
Download Unbuntu Depending on your system and network, this can take from 30-45 minutes.
Next, Download Rufus. You will use Rufus to create your bootable USB drive. I found these instructions from Ubuntu's website very helpful. Follow them to create your bootable drive.
Next, you'll need to change the settings for your power button. Make sure you complete this step before you alter the system Bios.
Once Ubuntu download is complete, you'll need to alter your system bios to boot from your USB drive first and Windows OS 2nd. To do this in Windows 10 is much more complicated than it once was in previous Windows Versions.
You will have to go to the settings tab to accomplish this.
Select Settings at the Windows menu Select Update & security. Select Recovery from the left menu. Click Restart Now under Advanced startup. ... Click Troubleshoot. Click Advanced options. Select UEFI Firmware Settings. ... Click Restart.
Your computer should now boot to the Bios. Make sure the flash drive is plugged in when the Bios comes up. Different Bios can operate in various ways but on my system, I was able to choose the Boot tab and change the boot order of the computer. So now this laptop will boot from the USB drive first, then the C: drive, where Windows 10 OS lives.
Now, Restart your computer with the USB drive. The Ubuntu menu will load. Choose 'Try Ubuntu without Installing.' A usable version of Ubuntu will load!
Fantastic! I am finally using Ubuntu and am loving how fast it is. Many of you recommended it in this post and now I know why. I have downloaded Visual Studio and am ready to go!