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Quick Note - Install Ubuntu 16.04 via bootable USB

Create a bootable USB for installing Ubuntu on my Secure Boot / UEFI capable Thinkpad.

Hardware Settings#

I'm on a Lenovo Thinkpad 13. Core i5-6200U, 16GB DDR4, 525GB SSD.

In the bios, I have the following options set:

Security > Secure Boot > Secure Boot [Disabled]Security > Virtualization > Intel (R) Virtualization Technology [Enabled]Security > Virtualization > Intel (R) VT-d Feature [Enabled]Startup > UEFI/Legacy Boot [Both]

Bootable USB#

Following the requirements laid out on Ubuntu website

  • A 2GB or larger USB stick/flash drive
  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • Rufus, a free and open source USB stick writing tool
  • An Ubuntu ISO file. See Get Ubuntu for download links

I used the following:

  • 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Switch
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Rufus 2.18
  • Ubuntu 16.04 (ubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso)

note: DO NOT USE unetbootin to burn your iso to usb, tried it several times on 2 different SanDisk usb's and they failed to boot or even be recognized by my laptop as an installable media. Avoid.


once you've got this far and start the install the rest is pretty straight forward... I started this note and forgot where I was going with it, but maybe I'll leave it here and come back to update it once I remember :/