How To Make Multiple Operating Systems Bootable In One USB Drive
We’re excited to share with you a fantastic method for creating a versatile USB stick that can host multiple bootable operating systems. If you ever found yourself needing to install Windows 10 on one PC, Windows 7 on another, and perhaps Linux on a different machine, each requiring a separate bootable USB stick, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. We’ll demonstrate it as best as we can for you.
Firstly, you are going to need Ventoy for this process. If you navigate to the Ventoy website, you can check the supported operating systems. Ventoy supports a wide range, from Windows 7 to Windows 11, various server versions, and numerous Linux distributions.
We’ve got the link for you: https://ventoy.net/en/download.html
Let’s jump into the process.
Number 1. Download Ventoy. Go to the “downloads” tab and choose the ISO file that you need to download. In our case, we are going to choose “windows”.
Now it will bring us to another screen or tab, which is sourceforge.net. It used to be github, but it’s currently under maintenance, according to the Ventoy website. We are going to click on “windows” again to download the file, after which we can check the file in the “downloads” folder on our computer.
As we can see, we were able to successfully download it, so we will now extract the files.
Make sure to check where the files are going to be saved as well, then go ahead and click on “extract”.
Once extracted, open the file and go to the Ventoy2Disk application; that is what we are going to choose, and it will detect your USB stick. Click on “Install” to make the USB stick bootable for multiple operating systems. Remember to back up your files on the USB stick, as they will be wiped out.
When it’s done, a screen like this will appear, and you can now close the window to proceed to the next step.
Now, navigate to the folder where you have your ISO files for different operating systems. Copy the ISOs and paste them into the Ventoy USB stick. This might take some time, so you can do other things while waiting. After confirming the files are copied, you can unplug the USB stick and move to the computer where you want to install the operating systems.
Plug in the USB stick and power on the computer. Access the boot menu (in our case, using F9) and select the UEFI option for your USB stick.
You’ll see a menu with the listed operating systems. You can add more depending on your USB stick’s size.
Choose the operating system you want to install, and the installation process will begin, just like a regular installation from a single bootable USB.
That’s it! Now you have a versatile USB stick that can boot multiple operating systems, making your installations more convenient.
Here is a video of how we did it. If you found this video helpful, hit the like button, and if you’re not subscribed yet, don’t forget to subscribe for more tech tips. See you in the next video!
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