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Installing linux on usb with efi machine

  1. #1


    Posts : 153
    Windows 8, Kali

    Installing linux on usb with efi machine


    Hey guys, I am trying to install Kali linux on a usb and use it with my efi machine. I registered on the kali forums and asked this question but my thread got deleted because the question has been answered before and they don't feel like helping a newb out. I read the entire guide on how to install it and use it with efi but I cannot add the necessary files after I use windisk32 imager to create the usb. This is extremely frustrating seeing as I cannot get help from the source. If anybody can help me I'd appreciate it rather than trying to deal with the hogwash on the other forums.

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you don't get much response, it may be because nobody here is using Kali. Vanilla Ubuntu seems to work fine.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 153
    Windows 8, Kali


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you don't get much response, it may be because nobody here is using Kali. Vanilla Ubuntu seems to work fine.
    I'm using kali for pentesting my network. I am getting into it. I don't expect a heap of responses because this isn't a kali dedicated forum but I figure it's better than nothing.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I don't know anything about Kali either, so I probably will not be much help. First, are you making a Flash Drive you can use to Install Kali on a UEFI system, or just one to boot and use the Live version?

    Can we assume the making of the Flash Drive was successful and you have a bootable media? What file can you not add?

    Keep in mind, I saw nothing about Kali being compatible with the Windows 8 Secure Boot system. As SIW2 mentions, the later versions of Ubuntu are compatible with Secure Boot and will run in Live or installed mode.
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  5. #5


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    while a lot here DO use LINUX for various things - this is primarily a Window Forum.

    A good place to ask for Linux help is at LinuxQuestions.org

    There's a load of sub forums too dealing with specific distros.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #6


    Posts : 153
    Windows 8, Kali


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    I don't know anything about Kali either, so I probably will not be much help. First, are you making a Flash Drive you can use to Install Kali on a UEFI system, or just one to boot and use the Live version?

    Can we assume the making of the Flash Drive was successful and you have a bootable media? What file can you not add?

    Keep in mind, I saw nothing about Kali being compatible with the Windows 8 Secure Boot system. As SIW2 mentions, the later versions of Ubuntu are compatible with Secure Boot and will run in Live or installed mode.
    I used universal usb installer and I can add the grub.cfg file and the bootx64.efi file as well as the grubx64.efi file. Now when I boot the drive I get the grub GNU version 2.00 terminal screen with grub> being displayed.


    EDIT: I want a bootable live distro, I do not want to install on laptop.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Are you trying to install Linux on the HP ENVY TouchSmart m6 Sleekbook in your System Specs. (With USB)
    If yes,

    There are alot posts about Windows 7 & Linux not installing in UEFI mode on HP/Compaq Pre-installed with Windows 8 PC's. Will only install in Legacy mode.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 153
    Windows 8, Kali


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Are you trying to install Linux on the HP ENVY TouchSmart m6 Sleekbook in your System Specs. (With USB)
    If yes,

    There are alot posts about Windows 7 & Linux not installing in UEFI mode on HP/Compaq Pre-installed with Windows 8 PC's. Will only install in Legacy mode.
    I am trying to boot a live usb. I just enabled legacy mode but it was being a bit of a pain. I was having trouble re-accessing the bios and changing the settings back.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 153
    Windows 8, Kali


    Do I need secure boot disabled in order to get kali to boot from usb?
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