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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How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What's the best way of placing a bootable ISO on a USB drive? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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How can I keep multiple live/bootable ISO images on a single USB drive?

I am looking to create a USB flash drive that I can put multiple live CD ISO images on and select which boots from startup. The ideal candidate supports Linux and Windows-based ISO images, and is ...
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What's the proper way to prepare chroot to recover a broken Linux installation?

This question relates to questions that are asked often. The procedure is frequently mentioned or linked to offsite, but is not often clearly and correctly stated. In an objective to concentrate ...
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How do you protect your computer from Live CD's?

Linux has grown in popularity in the past few years. Many more people are using Live CD's now than they were say 3 years ago. And with this comes a new problem for network admins. How do you stop a ...
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Linux Live CD for old computer

I have a pentium II (that's right, pentium II) with a scant 200MB of ram. This was a high-end workstation in it's day. The machine currently runs dos on a raid array, and I need to pull some data ...
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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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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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How do you create a bootable partition on a USB drive?

I have a bootable ISO designed to be burned to a double-layer DVD. I don't have a double layer DVD burner, so I would like to stick the ISO image on a 50 GB partition on a USB hard drive I have. How ...
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Booting an Asus EeePC from a LiveCD USB stick

I have two identical Asus EeePC netbooks that are both installed with Ubuntu. One of them was sitting on the closet shelf and the battery went completely dead. When I charged the battery and tried to ...
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Which Live CD Linux distros have Chrome preinstalled [closed]

Which Linux distros that have live CD (or live USB) come with Chrome browser preinstalled ? If you mention distros that do NOT have Chrome preinstalled, it also helps :-). Because it narrows the ...
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How can I restore GRUB without a live CD?

I realize that this is a duplicate of a question asked before, but in that question the asker managed to find his live CD and no real answer appeared, thus I am re-asking it. I managed to screw up my ...
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Mount NTFS Windows partition on Ubuntu live CD

I'm using the newest Ubuntu live CD to restore my Windows partition. After booting my PC from the live CD I have access to the internet and so on but I cant see the NTFS drive. What should I do to ...
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Fastest booting Linux ditribution on a live-cd

I'm looking for a linux distro with the following: Boots quickly, as fast as possible. Has expected tools such as file browser, a web browser, etc. Doesn't need to have extraneous recovery stuff ...
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How to make a Windows 7 live cd

Do you have any idea on how to create a live cd for windows 7? I tried Bart pe but I think its only for Windows xp. And when I tried it to create a live cd for xp. And booted the iso image created by ...
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How to boot Fedora Live CD iso from a Hard Drive?

I tried to use Grub to boot the Fedora 14 Live CD from its ISO image (SHA256 verified) on the hard drive. I put Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso in the root directory of the FAT32 partition D: ...
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Is it safe to run a LiveCD if the host operating system is infected?

If the host operating system is Windows 7 and we suspect it being infected is it safe to run a LiveCD? Is it possible for the session in which the LiveCD runs to be come infected i.e. by trojans, ...
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Easiest way to build a Linux live CD

I want to demonstrate a certain in-house application as a Linux Live CD. I'd like to basically take a live CD "source" (preferably something based on Fedora/RedHat/Debian/Ubuntu which I know ...
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Is there a difference between an Ubuntu Live CD and an Ubuntu Install CD

I ordered for an Ubuntu Install CD and obtained a CD by post (Ubuntu 9.10). Is this a Live CD or an Install CD ? What exactly is the definition of a live CD ?
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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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Get last successful boot time from a Windows hard drive

I work for a company that has installers go into people's homes and set up their internet connection. In the past 2 weeks we have had a customer say that we broke their computer. Our installers aren't ...
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How to create a live CD with your own applications?

I've been looking for creating my own live CD to restore backups and perhaps have some useful applications for example to rescue data in case of a virus or some system crash. I've been experimenting ...
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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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Replacing notebook SATA hard disk with SSD without reinstalling

So there's a notebook (Lenovo Thinkpad Z61m) with a SATA hard disk, the SATA controller is configured for native AHCI operation & the OS is Windows XP. The hard disk is going to be replaced with ...
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Is it possible to take ANY ISO image file and make a boot USB key?

I've done this countless times with Windows 7 installations: booted the image from a USB key and installed. No problem. I want to do this with a FreeNAS 0.7.2 live CD, but I am having the hardest ...
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How to create custom Live CD with upgraded linux-image kernel?

I'm following this tutorial to customize a Live CD, http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-customize-your-ubuntu-live-cd I have prepared the rootfs in a new created ext4 partition, after remove/install ...
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livecd remastering: which distro should i choose

...I just want to add and configure some software. Just simple remaster. Like 2-5 new programs added. Could someone recommend me livecd i should base my remaster on, taking into account these ...
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How do LiveCD's know which drivers to use?

Are there restrictions on what type of computer you can use a LiveCD in? If not, how can the LiveCD know and have all the drivers for your hardware, especially if it's not connected to the internet?
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Is there any way of going from virtual machine to live cd?

I think it would be really nice to be able to get a live cd from the operating system of a virtual machine. Is there any virtualization software that has this capabilities?
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Recovering Windows license keys from within a LiveCD environment in Linux

I'm curious if it's possible to retrieve the license keys of a Windows XP machine from within a LiveCD environment in Ubuntu. Normally, if I was in Windows, I would just run Magical Jellybean ...
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ISO for a “utility” live Linux CD

I'm looking for an small ISO for making a live CD. I need all the usual linux command line stuff (ls, dd, nc, fsck, etc.) but almost nothing more. A really stripped GUI would be nice but I can live ...
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Building a custom Linux LiveCD

I need to create a small custom live system (for teaching a programming class). What would be the best way to do it?
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How can I create a Ubuntu liveCD to use from a USB flash drive?

I am trying to install Ubuntu on a 2 GB USB flash drive for my job. I don't want to install Linux on my personal desktop, but it seems that Ubuntu requires me to that to in order to copy some ...
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Live tools for hard disk check, repair and reformat

In the old days, I had a floppy with CHCKDSK and other tools for checking hard disk failures, repairing them and, if necessary, reformating them. I recently tried to reinstall XP on an old computer, ...
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OpenVMS packaged on a thumb drive?

I am looking for OpenVMS distribution on a thumb drive for a PC. I image it would be a Linux system that automagicly starts a VAX simulator then boots OpenVMS on that. Either it would run live off of ...
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Multiboot DVD with live-cds?

How can I create a multi bootable (with menu) cd/dvd that contains a number of live cds? Is there any "easy" way of doing this? Isolinux is the way to go I guess, but is there any tool available for ...
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Ubuntu live CD and installing new applications onto a USB drive

Background: I am a programmer that occasionally has access to other computers when on vacation or something. These are generally the machines of friends or family, so randomly installing Ubuntu on it ...
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Live CD with good anti-virus software to scan/repair Windows?

I browsed through the archives, and it seems like there's no live CD from which to run a good, up-to-date anti-virus application, at least to check whether a Windows host has been compromised The ...
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How to make a boot profile permanent?

I have a Finnix live CD. I can customize it by remastering it. When I boot with the live CD I need to make a little change in the boot profile The boot profile before making the changes is linux ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Configuring BIOS to boot from disk drive before hard drive

How do I configure BIOS to have a higher boot priority from my disk drive than from my hard drive? If there is no disk, will it boot from my hard drive instead? Thanks, I am trying to run Ubuntu off ...
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Linux Live CD: Flash preinstalled?

I need to create a Linux Live CD that has the newest version of Flash pre-installed. How can I do this or find a distro with this? The flavor of Linux doesn’t matter, so long as I can run Flash ...
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Anti-virus live CD [closed]

I'm looking for a Linux Live CD/USB, that comes pre-configured with basic troubleshooting software, which I could use to check Windows computers. My wish list: Anti-virus (MUST HAVE) Any software ...
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What is my partition number?

I am using Linux and i need to restore my grub, so i go into commandline on live CD, and i enter 'grub', then 'root (hd0,6)', but it says that the disk does not exist. This is how everything looks ...
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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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How to perform root level commands on Linux (Fedora) Live Media

I need to use Live Media to make changes to a hard disk drive. I tried to sudo to no effect. Seems like it would be troublesome to authorize root access on Live Media or have sudo allow commands ...
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Unix/BSD/Linux distro livecd without a desktop

Unix/BSD/Linux distro LiveCD without a desktop. Are there any pre-spun distros out there of something unix-ish that doesn't have a desktop? Or maybe just a tabbed/tiling window manager. A plus would ...