To create a Linux Mint system in Windows, we need to download a few files (please note that the installation described applies only to Linux Mint 7.0, codenamed Gloria):
- Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) ISO
You can download the USBMint7.exe and fixmint7.exe applications from PenDriveLinux web site. Linux Mint ISO from Linux Mint’s home page.
After downloading the files, plug your USB stick into a free USB slot on your computer and run USBMint7.exe. It will extract the contents and create a folder named USBMint. Then place the fixmint7.exe and the ISO file in the USBMint folder and double click on the fixmint7.exe. Follow the instructions, which will create a bootable USB drive with Linux Mint.
Just a couple of notes here:
- It is recommended to have a USB stick with at least 2 Gigabytes of capacity. The installation will take about 1 Gigabyte and the remaining 1 Gigabyte will be used for saving files and configuration preferences.
- The USB stick should be formatted with the FAT32 filesystem. By default all USB sticks are FAT32 formatted, so if you did not reformat your drive after your purchase, you should be fine.
- The process will erase all the data on the USB stick. Don’t forget to back up any necessary data.
If you have a large capacity thumb drive, such as 2 Gigabytes or higher, then you will need to replace the casper-rw file in your USB stick to allow yourself to use the available space to save your files. Depending on your USB stick’s capacity, download the relevant file below, open it and copy the contents to your stick, replacing the existing casper-rw file: