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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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 ...
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Can't run gParted Live

I prepared gParted Live on my pendrive using unetbootin. When I try to boot from that pendrive I got blikning line and nothing more. What could me wrong?
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Live Linux Distro for text only mode

I'm looking for a linux distro where I can boot into it via USB, run a script on startup and shutdown. I need bare minimum, but I also need network drivers. Also need to save files across reboots. ...
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Custom Tiny Linux LiveCD

I need a very small custrom made distribution that I can use to boot my system (add to boot options of an Ubuntu CD) that will mount the filesystem on disk and make some changes to it (install ...
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A live CD that provides system information?

Is there a live CD distro out there with the sole purpose of booting, telling me everything that the system has (CPU, GPU, motherboard, HDD capacity & Manufacture, etc) and all with out having to ...
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linux installation cd enviroment

i recently make a custom linux system, for my special need. its on my HDD, but i want to create a cd for installation. multiple day ego, i found a livecd and create install script for that, but in ...
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Can I run my OS from a DVD?

I'm thinking of ways to get around the high cost of hard drives lately. I was thinking an optical jukebox would be interesting (though more expensive than just buying a hard drive), then thought I've ...
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Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB Default Login Credentials

I've just downloaded Ubuntu 12.04, created a USB startup drive, and booted. What is the default username and password for the live USB. Thanks.
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How do I pick the right kernel arguments to boot from the FILES on a linux LiveCD USB?

I think I've been through just about every post on this site about this and can't find anyone who will shed light on all those mysterious arguments that get passed to the linux kernel by grub! What I ...
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after linuxmint update hdd wont boot, live cd ubuntu or mint wont work and cannot even reinstall

I had a Linux Mint 9 and Windows 7 dual boot machine that was working fine until Mint was auto updated. Now it won't boot up, live CD's get to the splash screen menu but won't proceed any further. ...
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HD prevents me from booting Live CD

Short version: BSOD on Windows last night, cannot boot to Win or a live Linux CD, moving HD to another comp won't boot. Update: Had a little success attaching hd to other comps via USB (or plugging ...
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How do I run a LiveCD or emulate a LiveCD when already running an existing operating system e.g. Linux?

I am currently running a Debian based distribution however would like to run an alternative LiveCD whilst I am logged in. Is that possible? How can I do so?
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Running Windows7 off a USB keydrive?

Since I need to run some Windows applications on unbootable Windows hosts, I need to find how to build a live image of Windows7 as an alternative to the Linux-based live solutions to run the OS off a ...
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Custom live Linux distro

How can I make a bootable CD / DVD / USB (read only) after setting my non-broadcasted SID and installing specific applications (Closed source FLASH if needed)? But still act like a Live CD (have all ...
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Is it possible to run Windows 95 or 98 from a CD?

I have certain old DOS-era programs that expect to be able to bang on hardware directly, specifically, the printer port. These cannot be run in an NTVDM under 2K, XP or later, since the NTVDM ...
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External DVD drive is recognized when Windows has started but cannot boot

I wanted to connect my external DVD drive to my old laptop and boot from a CD. But my computer doesn't show the DVD drive in the boot menu. After trying to change BIOS settings and finally restored ...
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Executing Windows based admin tools without Windows?

Is there a boot CD / USB stick OS or similar which I can use to execute basic admin tools designed for Windows? For example, I'd like to flash firmware on a RAID card, and the tools the vendor ...
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How to restore sudo privilege with Linux live CD?

I'm running Linux Mint 11 and I lost the privilege to use sudo, apparently the result of accidentally removing myself from the admin group. When I use the groups command to list the groups I'm in, it ...
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Accessing a windows truecrypt volume using ubuntu

I have a serious problem here: My computer does not boot any more (hangs on the windows start screen), so I tried to use a Ubuntu Live CD access the files and scan for root kits, or at least back up ...
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How to start Linux Live USB from a Linux Live CD?

I have an old computer that only runs bootable CDs and it does not have BIOS. I was thinking that it might be able to boot a live Linux USB from a live Linux CD because it also does not have a DVD ...
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Install Linux on this Computer

I have an old desktop computer which I am trying to install Linux to. It looks Dell-ish to me. So far I have tried Linux LiveDVD (I have no LiveCDs) and the computer only has a CD drive. The BIOS is ...
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How would I create a Ubuntu Live USB drive to work on a Mac? [duplicate]

My friend's Mac is pretty much gone and I want to boot into Ubuntu to try and get some info off before I re-install Mac OS X. I heard that you need something called rEFIt to boot Ubuntu on Mac ...