A live CD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable, instantly usable copy of an operating system. They are popular for installing Linux distributions and useful for accessing data on systems that don't boot properly.

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Laptop won't boot from Windows 7 dvd

I have a Lenovo Y560 with dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. After some time Windows 7 refused to boot from HDD (stacked at Starting Windows). Ubuntu is running fine. I decided to re-install Windows 7, ...
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Installing LiveCd Ubuntu Based

I just bought the ebook Hacking the art of exploitation (Link: http://www.nostarch.com/hacking2.htm#updates) and I downloaded the livecd which came along with it(Link: ...
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Fedora 19-1, Aptio UEFI and non-CSM Boot

I'm trying to install Fedora 19 on a UEFI computer. The laptop is an ASUS Q500A with Aptio UEFI (firmware or BIOS) version 208, GOP 3.0.14.1015 (Aptio is American Megatrends). I downloaded the latest ...
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Compact, up to date, LiveCD supporting LUKS and ZfsOnLinux

I'm looking for a nice compact LivecD to support a new installation. The Gentoo minimal install CD is about the perfect thing, except it does not support ZFS. The Gentoo LiveDVD does Support both ...
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Is there a way to change a Linux Live USB (xubuntu 13.10) to save changes? (persistence)

I wasn't able to install Linux as a bootable operating system from my USB sticks (8 GB, PNY USB 2.0), so I put the live version on instead. I was wondering, if now after having installed some things ...
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What is the smallest POSIX OS? [closed]

What is the smallest POSIX operating system that has a live CD and can be installed? ⠀It must support wifi. ⠀I only need a CLI interface.
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Issue burning a Live CD on Windows 8

I've downloaded the Live CD for CentOS 6.4, here: http://centos.mirror.nac.net/6.4/isos/x86_64/ The .iso I'm using is 702MB, the first one listed. I download it to my desktop, send it to the CD ...
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Why linux is live bootable and windows is not?

I have used different flavors of Linux.Most of them were live bootable i.e, they were able to boot off a USB media / CD and were able to run a live session.But I haven't yet found any Windows OS that ...
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Lubuntu LiveCD disabling auto-mount.

In cooperation with my IT teacher we want to boot all PC's in IT class with Lubuntu. I've successfully set up PXE server, but there is one thing that worries us. Harddrives shouldn't be accessible ...
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USB live boot into any windows OS?

I want to boot from a USB stick into a windows OS (any), however I can't find an ISO that will work on my USB. I have found pe builder but its a windows program and I am on linux. Could anyone link ...
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CentOS liveCD bootup failure

The failure is like this: Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 2.6.32-279.5.1.el6.x86_64 #1 Call Trace: [] ? panic+0xa0/0x168 [] ? do_exit+0x862/0x870 [] ...
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Install Centos on PC using only USB with LiveCD

My laptop cd isn't working. I have a USB which has Linux Live on it. Am I able to use this to install a fresh copy of Centos on the laptop? If so, how?
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How to write/use a live cd?

I've burnt an iso image of ubuntu into a cd to use it as a livecd and it was a success and worked well, whatever I did was without any awareness on how to write/use a livecd. I recently burnt an iso ...
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Computer will not boot from any disc

I am trying to fix someone's computer. They have Windows 7, and my plan was to just reinstall. However it appears the computer will not boot from any disc. I have tried Hiren boot CD Lucid Puppy ...
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Accidentally Deleted MBR; Don't Know Filesystem Type

I have a Linux derivative OS on a non-bootable hard drive. I'm currently using a LiveCD to help diagnose the issue; however, I mistakingly deleted the MBR in the process via testdisk. Is there any ...
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Can a live Linux Mint DVD-R be infected with keylogger/malware?

I have burnt a live Linux mint DVD R and I want to use it for online banking. I am slightly paranoid about keylogger or malware present on Windows 7 though I cannot confirm. My question is if my ...
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Parted Magic memory test

I have a computer with possible memory (RAM) failure. How can I test this with a Parted Magic live CD? I see that it is advertised on the website partedmagic.com Test memory for bad sectors. I ...
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Edit boot menu when booting from a live CD

My laptop has a nomodeset problem; check the link for more info. Basically, I would need to add nomodeset in grub in order to boot any linux distro. If I want to use a distro, I'd need to install it, ...
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Partition USB disk for a live cd + data readable on any computer? [duplicate]

I have a 16Gb USB key that I'd like to make it that way : A partition that would contain knoppix and be bootable by any computer (linux, windows based computer) A data partition which would be ...
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Can I improve my battery life under a Linux Live CD by loading the CD into RAM or using a USB key instead?

Would loading a linux live CD to RAM improve battery life? (knoppix toram or SLAX Copy to RAM option) Compared to running it from the CD. Would booting a Live CD off of a USB increase battery life ...
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keymaps not available on Debian live (or rescue) image

I downloaded the Debian live standard (command line flavour, without X and any window managers) CD image, then booted into the live disk. With my first Arch Linux reflex I typed loadkeys dvorak ...
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Can I Install Arch Linux From Mint LiveCD?

I burned a DVD-R of Arch Linux and tried to install it, but the May image (what I was using) did not include the wifi libraries, so I couldn't connect to the repo to install. I burned a DVD-R of the ...
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Gentoo based custom Live CD won't boot

I followed this guide for building a Gentoo based custom live CD but I didn't manage to preform a complete boot. The kernel boots from the initrd and start scanning modules. After that it states ...
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Boot order on Macbook

On a normal PC, one can enter Bios, set HDD as primary boot devices and lock Bios with a password. Is there any way of preventing a MacBook from being bootable with any pirate live disc medium? It's ...
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Fedora 18, grub2 reinstall, /mnt is empty

I have a common problem. I installed Fedora 18 on a PC that also has Windows on it. When I start the PC, I don't get asked which system I want to boot; Windows is chosen always. So I found out that I ...
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Running XMBC 12 off a stick, sans HDD

I have a laptop whose hard drive is toast, so I'm booting XBMC off a stick. It works fine, but I would like to not have to manually intervene halfway through booting up to tell it to Try Ubuntu, ...
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How to format an encrypted harddrive using Linux?

I`m not very experienced with Linux, however, there are a lot of inforamtion around, so I can usually learn what I need. I never understood, however, what "mounting" means in Linux. While using ...
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How to disable windows live cd booting?

Ever since I learned that I could simply put any distro live cd and copy every single file in a HD I have been sort of worried, is there any way that disable it in windows? I know that in linux one ...
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booting from linux live dvd - no matter what kind - shuts the display off

I tried Knoppix and Ubuntu Live DVD's. After a couple of minutes, the display goes off! It says "Entering Power Save Mode". I can hear the really loud fans! The computer is still pretty much running. ...
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My hard drive is not showing up

I am having some difficulties. I just install a new ssd into my desktop and move my old sata drive to be 2nd. I boot my computer and install windows 7 home premium on my new ssd. Please note the ...
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Unable to turn on wifi in Ubuntu 12.04 live boot

Actually this is kind of weird but I tried running backtrack r3 and Ubuntu 12.04 live on my laptop but both the times I was not able to switch on my Wireless using the toggle switch, in fact normally ...
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Linux mint 14 (nadia) live cd gparted not showing partions

I am just trying to install linux mint 14 on my desktop and it's booting into live cd, but when I try to install its partitioning step it's not showing my partitions. If I use sudo fdisk -l it shows ...
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Creating a custom Debian LiveCD

How do I go about creating a custom Debian LiveCD with the following software applications installed and ready to use upon boot? TrueCrypt DropBox Chromium I have seen some online tools to do this, ...
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UEFI v/s Lagecy boot

I don't have much idea on uefi and legacy boot modes. Actually I have Windows8 installed in UEFI boot mode, And I just want to use the backtrack in live mode without installing it using legacy mode. ...
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Setting up Gentoo : Entering the new Envriontment step (chrooting)

I'm a Windows person trying to get to know Linux and having a go at installing Gentoo on a VM. I seem to have got stuck at a simple step, Entering the new Environment : When I enter the first of the ...
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How make bootable usb with Windows XP liveCD from linux (debian)

how to create bootable USB with Windows XP liveCD. For Linux liveCD/DVD I can write cat <debian-iso> > /dev/<flash-drive>, but in windows case this doesn't works
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Does the work I do with a Live USB Drive or Live DVD leave any trail (eg: tmp files) on my machine?

I want to know how Live DVD and USB drive work. Do they use the disk of my PC at all? If so, do they delete everything after I shut down the PC? If so, are the tmp files deleted securely? Or they ...
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How can I make a Linux USB installation persistent from a running instance

I am writing this from Kubuntu running from a USB (Started as "Demo") How can I make the changes I make persistent? (From inside this running instance).ion If not, how can I make it persistent before ...
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Grub4DOS: Booting Debian/Ubuntu ISO

I found it very strange, but common configuration I have found in Internet does not really work for me. I have downloaded Ubuntu ISO and Debian Live CD. I have created Grub4DOS USB and copied these ...
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Linux EFI Live CD/USB

I was trying to boot from CD on a new HP Pavilion dv6 a few days ago with much frustration due to the Linux distributions I tried not working with EFI. Additionally, the EFI Bios is Insyde H20, which ...
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for what reason live USB linux images are not 100% persistent?

I understand that during CD-R times non-persistence had a purpose, but what's the purpose now that pretty much everyone uses USB flash drivers? not to mention USB3 sticks are pretty much 4x faster ...
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install apps from ubuntu livecd

I was running the other day an ubuntu cdlive and something drew my attention. I installed a few apps and they seemed to have been installed on the disk. What I wonder now is, where are these apps ...
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Using Linux Live to download/burn Windows?

So I'm fairly certain my SSD failed as it seems to have in the past. In two computers the BIOS won't recognize it as a boot option. I RMA'd the same model before and getting a new one worked for a ...
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Are live CD/DVDs more secure than live USB?

If you create a bootable live CD/DVD for an OS such as Linux or Windows, is that more secure than a live USB that does the same thing? What if the disk is a CD-R or DVD-R as opposed to a CD-RW or ...
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Access boot menu from Windows 8 PC

I have a computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled. I want to boot from a CD, in this case Hiren's Boot CD. However Windows 8 doesn't seem to like this. I have tried pressing F8, ESC, F12 and so ...
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How to combine 2 or more live CDs into 1 multiboot DVD/USB

Just Curious, is there a tool or anything that helps in combining different Live CDs to make a master multiboot DVD, which later gives an option to boot on any of them, on choice? Live CDs such as ...
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Persistence in KNOPPIX v7.0.4

I recently used the KNOPPIX DVD as a tool when re-installing my Windows desktop machine and it worked great so I've been doing some more reading to become familiar with it. I have the "KNOPPIX Hacks" ...
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Can I install Ubuntu into VM using a Live USB?

I want to set up an Ubuntu VM in my machine, but downloading the ISO is too much. I do have a Live USB containing Ubuntu. How can I install it?
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CentOS Live CD vs Live DVD download

In this download page, I am presented with some options: http://mirrors.arpnetworks.com/CentOS/6/isos/i386/ What's the difference between Live CD vs Live DVD? CentOS-6.3-i386-LiveCD.iso 690M ...
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Windows Defender Update KB915597 (Definition 1.135.415.0) > BSOD > Computer No Longer Starts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A Windows Update Prevented Live Discs From Working? First off I'll state my system specs. Acer Aspire M1100 Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit OEM 2 Gigs of DDR2 ram ...