How To Create Live USB Of Antergos Linux

Create live USB of Antergos in Windows

This tutorial provides you complete step by step procedure of how to create a live USB of Antergos in Windows.

Several It’s FOSS readers suggested me to cover Linux distributions other than (my favorite) Ubuntu ones. I agree that It’s FOSS has too many articles focusing on Ubuntu, Mint and elementary OS. All these Linux distributions are based on Ubuntu.

So, I looked for an alternative to Ubuntu which would look good, works out of the box and is beginner friendly. My search landed me to Antergos, a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux.

Antergos was previously known as Cinnarch, originating its name from Cinnamon desktop environment and Arch Linux. It’s not as popular as elemntarys OS or Mint and no wonder that many people could not even guess it’s logo in Linux trivia quiz.

I’ll be providing Antergos review and tutorials later perhaps. For the moment, let’s see how to create a live USB or disk of Antergos so that you could live test it or install it.

Create live USB of Antergos in Windows

So, why do I need to write a new tutorial to create live USB of Linux when I have covered several such tutorials before?

The reason is that creating live disk of Antergos is slightly different than the usual ones. You cannot use the regular Unetbootin or Universal USB Installer in case of Antergos.

Don’t worry, the procedure is not as complicated as creating a live USB of Linux in Mac OS X. Let’s see how it’s done.

Step 1: Download Antergos

Head over to Antergos and download the ISO of Antergos Live.

Download Antergos Live ISO

Step 2: Download Rufus

For creating live USB, we will be using Rufus tool here. Download this tool from the link below. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to see the downloadable files.

Download Rufus USB creator

Step 3: Know your partition type

Now, this is important to know the partition type in your system. Let’s see how to find out partition type. Just for the sake of mention, I am using Windows 10 here.

Right click on This PC in Windows Explorer and select Manage.

Know partition type in Windows

In here, select Disk Management, right click on Disk 0 (the main hard disk where you want to install Antergos) and select Properties:

Partition type in Windows 10

In the Volumes tab, look for the partition type. For example, my system is using GPT.


Step 4: Create live USB

When you know the partition type on your hard disk, it is time to create the live USB.

Plug in the USB or the disk. Run the downloaded Rufus executable file. You’ll be provided with the option of selecting the disk, partition type and provide the path to ISO. Select the right values.

If you have UEFI, use the one for UEFI else use the other one in the Partition scheme field.

creating live USB of Antergos Linux in Windows 10

That’s pretty much all you need to do. At the end of the successful result, you’ll see a screen with green line like this which says it’s READY.

Live USB Antergos in Windows

Voila! Your live USB of Antergos Linux is ready. Enjoy a slice of Antergos.

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  • i’m also using GPT but my MB don’t have UEFI, there’s no option in rufus tu use GPT without UEFI, when i try to boot from the usb the screen just goes black with a “_” blinking.