How to Install Puppy Linux With Windows XP


Although Puppy Linux can be installed on an internal hard drive, Puppy Linux is almost always used as a Live distribution installed to a USB drive or CD-ROM. The reason for this is that Puppy Linux loads itself into RAM, meaning that there is no need for a functioning internal hard drive on the machine. This is useful for repairing Windows machines or carrying around a persistent Live Linux system so you can always have your desktop preferences with you.

Things You'll Need

  • Installation Medium
  • Download the Puppy Linux ISO disk image from Most users will want the Lucid Puppy version, though the Quirky version may be useful for advanced users looking to customize their installation more.

  • Burn the ISO to a CD or DVD using your operating system's disk authoring application. If installing to a USB drive, use Unetbootin for Microsoft Windows and Linux or Disk Utility for Mac OS X.

  • Restart your computer with the medium in your machine. Press the boot selection key for your motherboard BIOS, on many machines this is the "F2" or "DEL" keys. Select the CD, DVD, or USB drive as the boot medium using the arrow keys.

  • Double-click the install shortcut on the Puppy Linux desktop once the medium has booted if you want to install Puppy Linux to your internal hard drive.

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