uSbuntu Live Creator – Create LiveUSBs from Windows using a GUI

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uSbuntu Live Creator does almost the same thing as the USB Live Creator included in the 8.10 except it has more features.It is working with Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu and it allows you to run your USB key directly in windows without any software installation nor configuration, using a special portable version of VirtualBox.
It's really easy to use.
Creating an uSbuntu key is a five easy steps process

step 1 : launch the uSbuntu Live Creator and choose a USB key or drive in the list

step 2 : select a ISO file or CD of Ubuntu/KubuntuXubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

step 3 : choose the size of persistency data (usually more than 250MB)

step 4 : check the options you want

step 5 : click the thunder to start the creation

Do not forget to use the customized helps (top-right end corner of each step).

Moreover, each needed step (1,2 and 3) has a traffic light to indicate its state. This is the interpretation

Red light : the step is not correctly fulfilled, you cannot start the creation

Orange light : there is a non blocking problem on the step

Green light : everything's fine

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31 Responses

  1. Mihailov Ferenc says:

    Dear team,

    This is a very good and useful article. Thx!

  2. Amit says:


    that sounds great. But – when i downloaded it there was only a French version of the application (and sadly, I do not speak French); is there an English version available to download?


  3. Bill says:

    As a really newbie on this type of install what about the updates for 8.10 would you install them also. Can you save any changes you make on the usb key like favorites or if you installed a program or any extra games.So they would be there next time you inserted the key and switched to linux.
    Stupid question but I better ask.


  4. Austin says:

    The best bet is give a try creating an uSbuntu and install a software then reboot see if installed software is available.


  5. Jackie says:

    nice, I love unetbootin, but i’ll definitely give this one a try.

  6. Slym says:


    I’m the creator of this software, thank you for this post.

    Amit> I can assure you that my software is multilanguage (French AND English). My blog is only in french and i just did not make an english version of the webpage but you can find all you are looking for in the user’s guide included in the package. uSbuntu Live Creator automatically switch from english to french using your system locale (basicly, if you’re not french or canadian it will start in english).

    Bill> As i said, you can find the answer in the uSbuntu Live Creator user’s guide. (yes it is persistent)

  7. andi says:

    It doesn’t work for me. All lights are green, when I press the thunder a number keeps counting up for hours but nothing happens.
    No read/write access to the usb stick, 0% CPU capacity.

  8. jc says:

    I have a similar problem as Andi, the difference is that it runs as 2 processes taking up about 14.5k memory for each instance.

  9. Andi says:

    same here.
    One of the processes seems to do something.
    The counter is now at 759000 (whatever that means) and still counting up.

  10. Enric says:

    Same problem than Andi and Jc. Unuseful.

  11. GR says:

    The same for me.
    Now, the counter is at 892000 and nothing is happening…

  12. Charlie D says:

    I am having the same counter issue. I started it this morning and it is still running 12 hours later. My counter is up to 2,630,000 and it’s still going up. I am using a mail-order disk, that wasn’t one that I burned… When I check the drive it is still blank.

    I am going to let it go for the night and I will check it in the morning.

    This seems like such a great program, I just hope it will work! If anyone has any suggestions – post away!

  13. lokster says:

    This software does the same job as one old my program – “LiveUSB Install”
    It has a version for linux too:

  14. lokster says:

    I think that they have used my code, because this program is written in AutoIt too… And does the asme job in the same way…

  15. emall says:

    AVG picks up the file as ‘Trojan StartPage DOI’. The program will not run in XP. I don’t want to shut down AVG and run it because of that detection. Anyone else have this problem?

  16. Slym says:


    I’m the creator of this software (again). I just want to say that i put back the 1.4.1 version because the 1.4.2 had a big bug (just counting, doing nothing). I’m really sorry about that, i mixed up the release with a beta one.

    Try it again, it should really work better now.

    Lokster> i did not even know there was a software doing the same thing. I could show you the code if you don’t trust me but i can assure you all the code is mine (except for some libraries).

    Emall> I know this issue but i don’t know how to address it. It’s a very common issue with AutoIT made software. I will try to find a workaround for the next version.

  17. lokster says:

    @Slym, don’t worry, it’s ok even if you used my code. It’s absolutely free software:)
    But, don’t you think that you should release your code to the public?
    It’s up to you, but I think that every piece software for Ubuntu must be free, so everyone can see the code, modify&improve it, share it with others etc…

  18. Eppa says:

    I’ve now tried this software for a lil while, and i am very impressed 🙂
    Creation of the USB stick was a breeze (somewhat more than 3 minutes to format the persistant file, but otherwise as described)

    I’ve then used the stick in “Virtual” mode, and managed to install software and make some setting changes.
    I still have to try out booting from it and see that it works equally good..

    I only have one issue for now, and that is probably more related to Ubuntu LIVE, than this software, but i’ll mention it anyways:
    – I have been unable to use norwegian keys in terminals… (i’ve set up norwegian keyboard layout, and that works fine for most applications, ie gedit, but i’ve been unable to get it to work properly for terminals. Closest i’ve come is to add character encoding ISO-8859-1 to terminal, then the layout works, but im still missing æ ø and å..)
    For some reason, i’ve never ever had this problem when i _install_ ubuntu. I have never been long enough in LIVE environment to know if this is a general problem, or related to this software or VirtualBox in any way..

    Regards, and thanks for a nice program

  19. Eppa says:

    Sorry bout that, found a solution just after i posted last msg:



    to /etc/environment


  20. Robin says:

    This is a very useful bit of software, my thanks to the creator.
    A couple of questions though:

    Am I right in thinking that ALL changes will be saved to the casper-rw file, including updates for Ubuntu itself, using the Updates Manager?

    That makes it a bit harder to keep my uSbuntu current. Is there some way I can slipstream updates into my ubuntu .iso file so that I can just rebuild the key occasionally?

  21. Slym says:

    Me Again,

    Lokster> It’s open source, i just did not want to release my code to anybody. Maybe i will create a sourceforge repository but i’m not sure it fits to an AutoIT project. For the moment, i’m only sending my source to those who ask for it.

    Robin> There are som way to slipstream updates but it’s actually no so easy. Maybe i will make a software for that too one day 😀

    NB : The next release will include a spanish translation of GUI & Help.

  22. karlzt says:

    why not unetbootin?

  23. Emiro says:


    In my USB pendrive works pretty good, but in mi iPod dosn’t work, the virtual box window say that can’t reboot.

    Can you help me?

    Thanks, grate job.


  24. speckstein says:

    its only working in virtual box.

    Booting works – but monitor is out of range. I miss a “save modus”!

  25. JohnS says:

    Does nothing for me. The computer won’t recognize the usb drive as bootable (but does boot from other usb’s) and virtual box doesn’t do anything because the executable isn’t there (just help files).

    I’m sure that I could, with some effort, get this thing to work, but I thought the whole point of having a windows installer was to make it more automated.

    I’ll keep checking back, though, hoping this gets a little more mature. I do appreciate the effort.

  26. God says:

    Crappy software (like most open source), it crashed (access violation) when selecting the Ubuntu 9.04 ISO.

  27. Dan says:


    for me it worked fine with 9.04,
    but is there a way to get an User with password and not the ubuntu default user to auto login at startup.
    The autologin settings get overruled every boot time.

    Thanks for you help

  28. Aco says:

    Amazing program, and the first time I’ve had real success with a persistent Ubuntu. The ability to run this within Windows via VirtualBox is the real selling point for me though – removes any worries about finding a USB bootable mobo whilst on the go.

    One problem, though. The persistence works absolutely perfectly via Windows & portable virtual box, but when I try to boot from the USB, the boot fails if using persistent mode. Works fine if I just use Live mode, but if I select persistent, I get endless IO buffer errors. I wonder if this is me doing something wrong, or perhaps a known issue. If anyone’s got any input on a fix for this, I’d love to hear it.

  29. Robert says:

    I tried installing ubuntu v8.10 and v9.04 and both of them got loaded to my usb key perfectly but once i tried to run them by right clicking my usb key and clicking “—> Virtual Box Interface”, Virtualbox would start but once I try start linux i get the following error: Cannot access the kernel driver! Make sure the kernel module has been loaded successfully

    Can anyone help me fix this because I really want to get this working

  30. Slym says:

    uSbuntu Live Creator is know better known as LinuxLive USB Creator.

    It now supports almost any Ubuntu variants and also Fedora, Debian, Damn Small Linux and many others.

    A new version has been released today.

    You can get it from

    I hope you will like it.

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