YUMI from PenDriveLinux.com is a Windows-only utility program to enable a USB flash drive to easily boot into multiple Linux
and other utility software collections. By default, in order to simplify the process, we will only use YUMI to create the basic YUMI
boot/menu structure (SYSLINUX/GRUB) to allow multibooting. This requires starting YUMI, selecting the correct USB drive letter, clicking on the FORMAT box, and selecting
a "fake" dummy ISO file (empty.iso) needed to create that basic structure.
For safety, it is recommend that you remove all other USB hard drives and USB flash drives before starting.
You should have arrived at this web document from a selection on the click-THIS.cmd menu.
Next, start YUMI, select correct drive letter, and click FORMAT box. Next, cursor down to bottom of the distro
list to Try an Unlisted ISO, click BROWSE button and select "empty.iso". Next, click YUMI's CREATE
button. You will not install any other distros at this time so you can exit YUMI and return to the
Next, we recommend that you change the USB flash drive's MBR type to UltraISO. This will help ensure that the USB flash drive is bootable on a wider variety of PC's and notebooks. The (BootICE) usbMBR utility does not affect files on your USB drive.
You will only do the SanDiskFIX / YUMI / usbMBR procedure once.
All of the rest is running self-extracting EXE files to auto-load selected Linux and utility distributions on to your USB flash drive.
THREE PARTS: (1) BASE (2) addOn:LINUX (3) addOn:SYSTEM
Gooplusplus divided the first distro collection into three parts. We chose 32-bit versions for greatest compatibility on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. In the future, we will add a new and different 64-bit "addon" collection. (You can mix and match 32-bit and 64-bit distros.)
The BASE and (optional) ADDON distro collections can be downloaded via bittorrent or directly from our Google Drive shared links. The addOn Linux and System distros should only be run after BASE has already been installed on your USB flash drive. The addOn distros (self-extracting EXE files) can be download individually or as a set. Run them from your hard drive's click-THIS.cmd menu.
(1) Do a usb+multiboot+gooplusplus+2013 torrent search by clicking these links:
h33t search -or-
(2) Direct Download (Google Drive): BASE addon:SYSTEM addon:LINUX
Google Drive AddOn distros: drag & drop addon-*.EXE files from browser to PC's usb-multiboot-2-4-8GB directory (folder)
(1) BASE: The relatively small but exceptionally useful BASE is under 1.7GB. You can view a list of distro contents in the table at the top of this web document. This BASE collection can fit on a 2GB USB flash drive and still have room for a 300MB persistence file used by the included Puppy-Racy Linux distro. You can download a self-extracting BASE EXE file with all folders/files necessary for installation from this fast Google Drive account: BASE-DOWNLOAD.exe (1.7GB) --- [ Also see new Multiboot "mini" (650MB) and "meteor" (4GB) ]
Using the self-extracting BASE-DOWNLOAD.exe is the preferred method for installation setup. However, separate folders and files are also available at the same link. Unfortunately, Google has not yet enabled downloading of entire folders. You must keep folder and file names identical or your multiboot install may not work correctly.
(2) AddOn:LINUX Unlike BASE, with the addOn:LINUX collection, each Linux distro will have its own self-extracting EXE file. View collection details in the table with the light blue heading at the top of this document. If there are distros that you do not want (e.g, GnuGuitarinix or Ubuntu), just uncheck the appropriate box in the torrent file's listing to speed up your bittorrent downloading.
The Linux distros in the addON:LINUX collection were chosen for relatively small size (all but Ubuntu are under 700MB), speed, variety, and unique features. If you install all of these distros, you will need at least an 8GB USB flash drive.
(3) AddOn:SYSTEM While BASE includes many utility programs, notably from Hiren's BootCD, the multiboot AddON:SYSTEM collection includes both UBCD and System Rescue CD. It is a good idea to have one or both available for when you really need it.
(1) You can use 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and larger (up to 64GB) USB flash drives for your multiboot install. If you install on one of the larger size USB flash drives, you may want to partition the drive to not waste space. We recommended that you leave at least 1GB available for persistence file use. (A "complete" install is near 8GB without room for recommended "persistence" on an 8GB USB flash drive.)
Be aware that Windows can only see the first partition on a removable USB drive. Linux, however, can see more partitions so you can resize and create extra partitions for persistence files, data storage, swap files, etc. Included with the BASE download is a Windows version of Partition Wizard's MiniTool partitioner.
(2) By default, the Gooplusplus/YUMI menu setup includes all distros in BASE, AddOn:LINUX, and AddOn:SYSTEM. Since most people will not install the entire 3-part collection, you may want to edit USB:\multiboot\menu\linux.cfg or USB:\multiboot\syslinux.cfg to delete menu entries that you will not be using. There are edit options available on the click-THIS.cmd menu.
(3) You can add or remove Linux and utility distros by running the YUMI program. Make sure that you DO NOT format your USB flash drive a second time (removing all of your USB Linux setup). You will be limited to distros from YUMI's list. While you can "Try an Unlisted ISO", most of the time it won't work. Since new Linux distro versions are always being released, YUMI is updated fairly frequently. It is best to download and use the latest YUMI version in order to install both later + more distro versions.
(4) Once you have fully or partialy installed your YUMI distros, you can reboot your PC. On most PCs, you can keep pressing the F12 key until you get a boot menu. Select your USB drive and then your custom YUMI menu should start up quickly.
(5) Why use YUMI instead of other Linux-based multiboot software? First, YUMI is well known and it works fairly predictably. We have briefly tried a few other multiboot systems but they seemed more difficult and less predictable. Second, there are many more Windows users than Linux users. To encourage Windows users to try Linux, we especialy tried to make this easier for them. More advanced Linux users should be able to access a Windows PC to create their own USB multiboot. Finally, we will still be researching cross-platform multiboot software that works both in Windows and Linux (sorry, Mac).
(6) Send comments, suggestions, or questions to: email@example.com -- Bob Carroll, Las Vegas