How to Run Ubuntu from

Windows as an Executable

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can EditThe advantage of using this system is that you can run Ubuntu from any Microsoft Windows PC through a USB drive. You can do all of this without rebooting or installing the operating system.


  1. Create a folder named Ubuntu on your portable device or on your Windows desktop.
  2. Extract the contents of QPU710.exe file to the Ubuntu directory (see “Things You’ll Need” section).
  3. Move the Ubuntu iso image file to the Ubuntu directory.
  4. Click the QPU710.bat file to start up ubuntu.
  5. At the boot menu, press f6 to enter a custom boot option and type “persistent” at the end of the boot string.Boot option i76 root = /dev/ram rw quiet splash — persistent
  6. Ubuntu 7.10 should continue to boot and save most of your settings as your work. To restore these saved settings on the next boot, simply press f6 and type “persistent” again.

Alternative Method

Using Wubi, a freeware Ubuntu installer for windows, you can install Ubuntu on your USB flash Drive.
  1. Download the latest version of Wubi from the official Wubi site. ([
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Choose your Destination Drive (Probably a USB drive), Install Size (Size of new Ubuntu partition), Desktop Environment (Gnome (User Friendly) OR KDE (Full Software Suite Included), Language, User Name, and Password.
  4. Click the install button and Ubuntu will start to install.
  5. Wait. The install will take a while, so take a walk or entertain yourself while Ubuntu installs. When you get back, Wubi will have finished installing Ubuntu.
  6. Select to restart or restart later. Next time you boot your computer up, Select top boot from flash drive, and your computer will boot into Ubuntu.
  7. Enjoy your new Ubuntu/Windows Computer!

Things You’ll Need

  • A PC with Microsoft Windows 2000 SP-4, XP, or Vista operating system installed.
  • A USB-drive with 2GB or more free space.
  • Ubuntu .iso image, downloaded from a mirror or Ubuntu’s website.
  • QPU710.exe file ([ QPU710.exe from

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