How to Install Linux Mint 16 Petra From USB Stick

December 1, 2013 — 20 Comments

Linux Mint 16 Petra usb

Linux Mint 16 has been released recently. It’s based on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy. This tutorial shows beginners how to install Linux Mint 16 from USB stick.

All you need to do is download the ISO file, burn the image into USB, boot from usb and install Linux Mint.

1. Download Linux Mint 16 ISO file:

The Cinnamon and MATE editions are available in official download page

2. Burn Linux Mint 16 into USB

a. Insert 2GB+ USB and format it into FAT32 (DON’T check the “quick format” box).

b. Download Unetbootin, which allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD.

c. Open Unetbootin, choose the downloaded image file and click OK to start burning.

burn linux mint 16 into usb

d. Once done, in BIOS choose to boot with USB. You’ll see the screen below:

Linux Mint usb boot screen

3. Install Linux Mint 16 from USB:

In previous boot screen choose “Start Linux Mint”. When system boots up, click “Install Linux Mint” icon on Desktop to bring up install wizard and then you can follow this step by step guide to install Linux Mint.

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20 responses to How to Install Linux Mint 16 Petra From USB Stick

  1. It seems that by following the same steps mentioned in this article I always end up with the same error. Something about Linux mint not being able to locate some files on the cd-rom image. I get the same error on all 4 versions of Linux mint 16 ( mate/cinnamon and regardless of architecture 32/64 bit). Using unetbootin for many years I figured I should test it with other linux mint versions and with Ubuntu derivatives. All of them worked like a charm. There seems to be a bug in the linux mint 16 installer…
    I found this article thinking that it would solve the problem, thinking that some else solved this unetbootin annoyance. Ah well.. Back to “dd” command..

  2. What about if your using linux(Guadalinex: Based on debian)

  3. unetbootin does not have LM 16

    • Ramjee, you don’t need to specify versions as long as you already have downloaded *.iso file. Just select [Diskimage] radiobutton and locate your iso.

  4. In my case, on an HP ProBook 6470b without any optical disk drive, Linux Mint 16 x64 MATE boots perfectly from a USB stick created with Yumi, but installation on the hard disk fails when it reaches “analyzing CD drive” in the “analyzing hardware” step.
    Do you have any advice? (including installing another distribution ;-) )

    • Answering myself: installation did work for this laptop after re-creating the USB stick with Unetbootin :-)

      • I’ve the same problem and Works perfectly with Unetbootin for me too. Thanks for share the solution. :)

        Hay un problema con el instalador de Yumi y Linux Mint, funciona sin ningĂșn problema con Unetbootin.

  5. All 4 versions of LM16 will work just fine if a usb with 8GB+ capacity will be used.

  6. Romulo G. Fernandez December 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I have Windows 7, 64bits. I followed your 3 steps guide, I installed Lunux Mint Cinnamon 64 bits from my 16Gb USB, everything went smoothly.
    it works perfectly.
    Thank you so much.

  7. Same instalation issue for me, I’ve been trying to install mint 16 on my old laptop acer 3680 (32bit), running the “try linux without installation” works perfectly fine, however installation from usb (3 times in a row) ends up with an error message saying something about some app being unavailable on the cd – what is more (!!!) is that on the same computer I was prior to that install Ubuntu and Kubunt (but my laptop is to slow for that) but now booting from the usb(the very same usb stick that I have previously used for ubuntu) the instalation options show “install ubuntu” instead of mint, still after starting the process, you can see that it actually installs Mint insted of ubuntu. I am beginner with al that, so I have no idea, wheter it’s something wrond with my usb (some Ubuntu left overs that cause the error at the end of Mint instalation or what)???

  8. i have tried to install linuxmint 16 in my laptop which is running on windows 7 (not genuine and also missing drivers)..I downloaded in usb and then tried to install it. I think it is installed but not showing anything on desktop, not even a shortcut. I want to move from windows to Linux but something is going wrong. please help me…
    thanks

    • Chech the ISO’s MD5 with the one in the download page to make sure it is not corrupted, (just google “check md5″ to get tutorials)

      Try to use “YUMI multiboot usb creator” to make the USB. I use it all the time and it works fine all the time.
      I personally mantain that Unetbootin is a piece of trash as quite a few times it screws up stuff for no reason.
      http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

      if you need further assistence, go in Linux Mint forums.

      (I also auspicate that the author of this article gives a look at YUMI too, while I’m at it)

      • I agree that YUMI is a much better program. Overall, it has much better success rate than unetbootin to install various distros on usb. The only thing I am uncertain is whether one can use YUMI to do frugal install on hard drive like unetbootin can. Have you had any such experience, Albert?

  9. Thanks
    I use to have Linux Mint 10 (Julia) and i was trying to upgrade to Mint 16 , for some reason my Mint 10 was not responding to unetbootin , try everything but does not work, finally i use my Win 7 PC, download unetbootin, work at first strike, download Linux Mint 16 ISO and burn on USB using unetbootin, work like a charm
    It is ironic bt I have to use Windows to complete a Linux task, well i won’t blame on Linux but may be my skill set in command line Linux is just not that good

  10. burning to usb using unebootin stucked to 10%, why it is happening?

  11. Thanks!
    I could upgrade from Linux Mint Olivia to Petra without any issues.

  12. When i come to this blue screen, i cant choos anything :/

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