How to Create a Zorin OS USB Drive

Make a bootable USB with Zorin OS using Windows

Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution. If you know how to create a bootable Zorin USB drive, you can install it alongside Windows and dual boot both operating systems.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

What You Need to Make a Bootable Zorin OS Drive

You'll need the following to create a bootable Zorin OS USB drive:

The first step is to download Zorin OS. There are several options including the free Lite version and the premium Ultimate edition. Next, you must download and install Win32 Disk Imager, which you will need to burn the ISO file to the USB drive.

It's also possible to create a multiboot USB drive using Windows if you want to run multiple Linux distributions from the same device.

How to Make a Bootable Zorin OS USB drive

After downloading and installing the necessary software, you're ready to create your bootable drive:

  1. Insert the USB drive into an available USB port on your computer.

  2. Open Windows Explorer and right-click the USB drive, then select Format from the context menu.

    The Format command
  3. Choose FAT32 as the file system, check the Quick Format box, then select Start.

    The File System and Quick Format options

    You will lose any data on the USB drive, so back up any files you want to save, or use a blank drive.

  4. Open Win32 Disk Imager and select your USB drive under Device.

    Open Win32 Disk Imager and select your USB drive under Device.
  5. Select the blue folder in the Image File section to open Windows Explorer and choose the Zorin ISO file you downloaded.

    If you don't see the ISO file in the folder you saved it in, change the file type to Show all files.

    Select the blue folder in the Image File section to open Windows Explorer and and choose the Zorin ISO file you downloaded.
  6. Select Write and Yes to confirm.

    Select Write and Yes to confirm.

Once the process is complete, you will have a bootable version of Zorin OS. However, if your computer uses the UEFI boot loader, there's another step you need to take before you can run Zorin from the USB device.

How to Turn Off Fast Boot

To boot Zorin on a machine running Windows 8 or Windows 10, you need to turn off Windows Fast Startup:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel and search for power options.

    Open the Windows Control Panel and search for power options.
  2. Select Choose what the power buttons do.

    Power button options
  3. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.

    The Change Settings option
  4. Uncheck the box beside Turn on Fast Startup and select Save Changes.

    It is recommended to turn Fast Startup back on after installing Zorin to your hard drive.

    The "Turn on Fast Startup" option and Save Changes button

How to Boot From the USB Drive

After you've disabled Fast Startup mode in Windows, reboot your PC and hold down the Shift key until you see the UEFI boot menu. Select Use a device, then choose your USB drive to launch Zorin OS.

The "Use a Device" option

Any changes you make in the live version of Zorin will be lost when you reboot. After installing Zorin on your hard drive, you'll have the option to dual boot Linux and Windows at startup.

If you don't see the blue UEFI screen, you can manually change the boot order in the system BIOS to boot Zorin from the USB drive.