How To Try Lubuntu 16.04 Using Windows 10 In 6 Easy Steps

In this guide, we will show you how to create a Lubuntu USB drive which you can boot on modern computers with EFI boot loaders.

Lubuntu is a lightweight Linux operating system which will run on most hardware whether old or new. If you are thinking of trying Linux for the first time the benefits of using Linux includes the relatively small download, the ease of installation and it requires a small amount of resources.

To follow this guide you will need a formatted USB drive.

You will also need an internet connection as you will be required to download the latest version of Lubuntu and the Win32 Disk Imaging software.

Before you begin, insert the USB drive into the port on the side of your computer.

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Download Lubuntu 16.04

A screenshot of the download location

To find out more about Lubuntu you can visit the Lubuntu website.

You will need to scroll down the page until you see the heading "Standard PC".

There are 4 options to choose from:

  • PC 32-bit standard image disc
  • PC 32-bit torrent
  • PC 64-bit standard image disc
  • PC 64-bit torrent

You will need to choose the PC 64-bit standard image disc unless you are happy using a torrent client.

A 32-bit version of Lubuntu will not work on​ an EFI-based computer.

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Download And Install Win32 Disk Imager

A screenshot of downloading the Win32 Disk Imager
Download Win32 Disk Imager.

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Win32 Disk Imager is a free tool which can be used to burn ISO images to USB drives.

You will be asked where you want to save the software. We recommend choosing the downloads folder.

After the file has downloaded double click on the executable and follow these steps:

  • At the welcome screen press "Next"
  • Click to accept the license agreement and press "Next"
  • Choose where you want to install Win32 Disk Imager and press "Next"
  • At the "Select start menu folder" screen press "Next"
  • At the "Additional tasks" screen press "Next"
  • At the "Ready to install" screen press "Install"
  • At the "Completing the Win32 Disk Imager setup wizard" screen uncheck the readme option but leave the launch win32 disk imager selected. Press Finish
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Burn The Lubuntu ISO To The USB Drive

A screenshot of using the Win32 Disk Imager

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The Win32 Disk Imager tool should have started. If it hasn't double click on the icon on the desktop.

The drive letter should be pointing at your USB drive.

It is worth making sure all other USB drives are unplugged so that you don't accidentally write over something you don't want to.

Press the folder icon and navigate to the downloads folder.

Change the file type to all files and select the Lubuntu ISO image you downloaded in step 1.

Click the "Write" button to write the ISO to the USB drive.

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Turn Off Fast Boot

Turning off FastBoot in Windows 10

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You will need to turn off the Windows fast boot option so that you can boot from the USB drive.

Right-click on the start button and choose "Power Options" from the menu.

When the "Power Options" screen appears click on the option called "Choose what the power button does".

Click on the link which reads "Change settings that are currently unavailable".

Scroll down the page and make sure the "Turn on fast startup" does not have a check in the box. If it does, uncheck it.

Press "Save Changes". 

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Boot Into The UEFI Screen

Booting to the UEFI options in Windows 10

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To boot into Lubuntu you need to hold down the shift key and restart Windows.

Make sure you hold down the shift key until you see a screen like the one in the image.

These screens differ slightly from machine to machine but you are looking for an option to boot from a device.

In the image, it shows "Use a device".

By clicking on the "Use a device" option we are provided a list of possible boot devices one of which should be "EFI USB Device"

Choose the "EFI USB Device" option.

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Boot Into Lubuntu

The Lubuntu Live desktop

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 A menu should now appear with an option to "Try Lubuntu".

Click on the "Try Lubuntu" option and your computer should now boot into a live version of Lubuntu.

You can now try it out, mess around, get used to connecting to the internet, installing software and finding out more about Lubuntu.

It may look a little plain to start with but you can always use our guide which shows how to make Lubuntu look good.