Guide: Kali Linux 2018 Live USB (Windows)

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In this guide we will set up Kali Linux 2018 to run off a USB drive.

Write Kali Linux ISO to USB

Firstly, download the latest version of Kali Linux 2018, which will have the latest security updates and tools. In this guide we are using the Kali Linux 64 Bit image, though it should work fine with the 32 Bit and Light images as well.

Write the ISO to your USB drive using a tool like Universal USB Installer or UNetbootin. In this guide we are using Universal USB Installer.

Run Universal USB Installer.

Step 1: Select Kali Linux from the dropdown menu. (Kali is listed under Security and Penetration Testing).

Step 2: Browse for the Kali Linux ISO you downloaded.

Step 3: Select your USB drive from the drowpdown menu.

Now select the checkbox Fat32 Format Drive (Erases Content).

Finally, click Create.

That’s it! Reboot your machine and you should now be able to boot into Kali Linux 2018 from your USB drive.

You may need to do some searching on Google on how to boot from USB on your particular machine. Sometimes pressing Shift and the restart button in Windows will invoke a menu at bootup. If that doesn’t work, repeatedly pressing one of the function keys (F12F2, etc) or the ESC or Delete keys on bootup will invoke the boot or BIOS menus on most machines. 

What Next?

Kali Linux Live USB will not retain files and setting between reboots. To do this you must set up a persistent partition.

You may also wish to encrypt persistence data. To do this you must configure an encrypted persistence partition.

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