How to Try Lubuntu 18.10 Using Windows 10

Use a USB drive to test it before you fully install

Lubuntu remains a popular Linux distribution because it's lightweight, so it will run on most hardware, whether old or new. Lubuntu, therefore, makes a great candidate for either a permanent or a try-out distribution. Use a USB drive for the Lubuntu live installer, which you can create using tools in Windows 10.

Download Lubuntu 18.10

Download location for Lubuntu

Although the site offers several different flavors, you'll want to pick the 64-bit version. A 32-bit version will not work with EFI-enabled computers.

Install Win32 Disk Imager

Downloading Win32 Disk Imager

Install the free Win32 Disk Imager so that you can copy Lubuntu to your USB drive. This program will mount any ISO or IMG image, then burn or copy it to external media.

Copy the Lubuntu ISO to the USB Drive

Win32 disk imager

Use Win32 Disk Imager to copy the Lubuntu file to the USB drive.

All data on the USB drive will be permanently deleted when you copy the Lubuntu filesystem to it.

Turn off Fast Boot

Turning off Fast Boot in Windows 10
  1. Turn off the Windows fast boot option so that you can boot from the USB drive. Access the relevant menu by opening Settings > System > Power and Sleep.
  2. Click the Additional Power Options link to open the Power Options control panel.
  3. From the left sidebar, select Choose what the power buttons do,
  4. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable. You'll need administrator-level permissions to open this second link.
  5. Scroll down the page and make sure that Turn on fast startup does not have a check in the box. If it does, uncheck it.
  6. Press Save Changes

Boot Into the UEFI Screen

Booting to the UEFI options in Windows 10

To boot into Lubuntu, press and hold the Shift key and restart Windows. Keep the Shift key pressed until you see a screen like the one in the image.

Select the option to boot from a device. By clicking the Use a device option, you'll expose a list of possible boot devices, one of which should be EFI USB Device.

The language on the UEFI boot screen will vary slightly depending on the manufacturer of your computer and the current version of Windows 10 you're running.

Boot Into Lubuntu

The Lubuntu live desktop

A menu should now appear with an option to Try Lubuntu, which will boot your computer into a live version of Lubuntu.

You can now try it out: mess around, get used to connecting to the internet, install software, and find out more about Lubuntu. Any changes you make in the live session will not remain. However, if you like Lubuntu, and you've got enough available hard drive space, you can install Lubuntu to disk.

Lubuntu may look a little plain to start out, but you can always adjust some settings to personalize it.