Create Bootable USB Kali Linux on Windows

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux on Windows


Almost one month busy doing ABC's thing, today we will continue with our tips and trick how to create bootable usb kali linux on Windows.

I believe most of you maybe already know how to create a bootable usb, but let me do some enlightenment for they who haven't know how to create bootable usb kali linux on Windows.

We can use this method not only for kali linux, but we also can create a bootable usb for backtrack linux, ubuntu, debian, etc…


1. USB Stick.

2. USB Installer (Download Here)

Step by step how to Create Bootable USB Kali Linux on Windows:

1. Download the USB Installer from the link above, and double click, it is a standalone executable file. Plug the USB we want to use to create the bootable usb.

2. On the USB installer window

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux

Step 1: Choose which linux distro or O.S we want to put on our USB

Step 2: Locate the .ISO file of our O.S we want to put on our USB

Step 3: Select the USB drive letter. Make sure you don't choose your external harddisk ๐Ÿ™‚ check the format drive to make sure we clean up all the content of our USB

Click Create

3. A pop up alert window will appear. Make sure we check again if there's something wrong or missing. Click Yes to start the bootable usb creation process.

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux

4. Now we need to wait for the application to accomplish the tasks. The time taken is depend with which distro or O.S we want to create.

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux

When finished, just click Close and our USB was ready to boot.

5. Now we will continue to set up the boot order from our computer BIOS to USB. The picture below was taken from my Acer Aspire one netbook.

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux

you can press F2 to go to BIOS setup or F12 to change the boot device.

6. If we choose F12, here is the preview on my netbook

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux

Change the USB HDD order into number one to boot from the USB.

7. If we choose F2 or edit from BIOS setup.

Create Bootable USB Kali Linux

We must change the boot priority order and make sure the USB HDD / flash disk is in order number one.


1. Make sure your USB storage size is more than or equal 4 GB, more is better than less ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Matthew Barnard

    Thanks, although I already know how to flash a usb, I wish I had this tutorial when I was learning how to!

    • mike

      through trial and error on that one eh what about the magic partition or the other programs that all of us have played around with eh lol i use another for the usb but my friend don’t get discouraged on this i finally after 5 or more attempts i have gotten the install complete or so i think and ohhhhh once ya install look at all the nice programs one can have fun with

  • NewGuy

    so after you boot you will be able to run lunix on your computer thru the usb?

    • asif

      no its not run just linux it will be remove your windows and intall new one linux same bootable pen drive used to formate window xp/vista/7/8 in note/or lapi

  • ale

    Hi, i subscribed but it says i cant download because the email has not been found! help please

    • no

      just download elsewhere. The program is universal USB installer, and is not produce by this niche blogger.

  • seb

    is it possible to create multiple bootable USB operating systems

    • seb

      on the same USB?

    • michael

      yes it is by way of partioning the usb but then you need to know what amount of space you need for each os i would think a 16 geg usb drive would do ( um sorry Vishnu Valentino) this is about kali install

  • grayhat

    I am one of the newest beginners around. I am using Windows 8, and have no experience with Linux OS’s. If you are doing this on Windows, then how would I find the .iso required in step 2?

    • grayhat

      Wait… I see that the step 1 has a direct correlation with step 2… may I ask what these steps are trying to achieve?

      • Luiz Ramos

        Its trying to get the Kali Operating System (The iso file) installed on to a USB drive. U can torrent or download the .iso file in many places including on this website.

  • riZi

    Kali is working but the wifi is not working. Only connection I’ve is wired which is also not working (lol). I did this because I want to use wifi on my Kali Linux. Help will be appreciated.

  • Yello

    You have to subscribe to download a file widely available everywhere? I’ll pass

  • Nizzel

    Hi, i did all that and it didnt work. I have windows 8.1 , changing the boot priorities is a little bit different but i think i got it right.
    But it still doesnt work.

    I didnt download the usb installer through this website because idont know why, but the website doesnt recognise my email even after registering it and confirming the mail…

    Can someone help me with all this?
    Thank you !

    • Kleng

      You can use Rufus or WinSetupFromUSB for making your Kali Live usb.


  • asif

    same formate like install windows can you give any for portable linux like hirenboot

  • Storm15

    Hello, is it possible to return to Windows after using Kali Linux from an usb on a computer or is Windows deleted an Kali is installed instead ? Thanks

    • Kleng

      Go to your boot menu (i.e F12) and select what drive to boot from or just simply remove your Kali Linux Live usb.

  • justine

    universal usb installer is just for usb or may it use for cd too?

    • Kleng

      You can use the Kali installer to make your live cd

  • Ariq Ahmer

    can anyone help me.

    I have an Asus X55LA laptop and i m trying to install kali linux on it but i am having issues.
    it is not booting from the usb at all. It’s saying something like could not find kernel image mdk2.dir..something like that but not exactly like it. If you find any solution reply at

  • Suman Khanal

    “missing operating system”-been getting this problem no matter how much i try, can anyone help me out?

    • Ali Hashem

      hi, what you should do is insert your windows disc, and run startup recovery

  • Genetical

    I can’t download, it says that my email doesn’t exist or isn’t verified

  • Prince Wasi

    hi I’m new here & i want some help
    i’ve made my USB bootable of linux but when i run it after selection of language it asks about cd room & cd & not process further

  • Hardik Gunjal

    hi guys, i have ASUS ROG G551JK and i can not boot kali from my USB. I created the bootable using Universal USB Installer and also changed boot devise priority in BIOS menu

    What should i do now?

  • anubhav

    after boot i will able to use kali linux ok
    but what will happen to windows
    intsalling kali linux will remove my window 7???
    will i able to use window then ???

  • ErrorNT1337

    Yeaahh its Good
    Clap ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Roarms

    it will remove all my files??no i am not that ready

  • Md. fuzail

    sir plz live bootable banane ka tareeka baten