Install Manjaro Linux by creating bootable Flash Drive on Windows

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Manjaro Linux is an operating system, suitable as a free replacement to Windows or Mac OS. Linux Manjaro could be installed on a computer using a bootable flash drive with Linux Manjaro setup files. In this article, the method to Install Manjaro as a Single Host Operating System on a Computer by creating a bootable Manjaro Flash Drive on a Windows System is explained in detail.

Before installation make sure your system has the minimum configuration in compliance with Manjaro recommended minimum system requirements given below:

Processor           :           1 Ghz

Display                :           A High Definition (HD) graphics card and monitor

Hard Disk Space:           30 GB

RAM                     :           1 GB

Flash Drive         :           Greater than 2 GB.

To create a Linux Manjaro bootable Flash Drive (sometimes called Pen Drive or USB Drive) on a Windows system and install Linux Manjaro as a single host operating system follow the 5 easy steps below:

Step 1: Download Linux Manjaro latest version ISO File

On your Windows System, open a web browser and navigate to official website of Linux Manjaro Operating System. On the Home Page, either click on the “Choose Edition and Download” Button or navigate to Download page. Upon scrolling down the download page, you can find a number of Manjaro Editions which are built upon the same base Arch Linux but provide a different experience based upon the diversity of Desktop Environments available. If you are not sure which edition of Linux Manjaro to choose you may read Linux Manjaro: A summary of Editions for better clarity on features of available editions and select the edition which best suites your need.

Once you are done with selecting your best suited edition and are satisfied that the configuration of the system on which you are going to install Manjaro Linux is in compliance with recommendations of Manjaro Linux system requirements (mentioned above), click on the version you wish to download. The browser will navigate to the selected edition’s download page. Scroll down the download page and click on “Download 64 Bit version” button to start downloading Linux Manjaro ISO file. Save the ISO to your computer.

Important Note: The 32-bit edition of Linux Manjaro has been dropped since Manjaro 17.1. Only the 64-bit version of all latest editions is being released. The system architecture type is 64-bit nowadays on almost all modern computers, if you have an old PC with 32-bit architecture you may try some other flavor of Linux such as Linux Mint.

Step 2: Download Rufus Software

While the Linux Manjaro ISO file is being downloaded, open a new tab or browser window and navigate to official site of Rufus to download Rufus tool for creating a Linux Manjaro bootable Flash Drive. Scroll down the page and download latest version of Rufus tool from the download section. Save the executable file on your computer. Once the download is complete for Rufus tool and Manjaro ISO file, close the browser and go to the download location.

Step 3: Flash USB Flash Drive with Rufus

At the download location two files would be downloaded viz Linux Manjaro ISO file and Rufus tool’s executable file. Open Rufus tool by executing the Rufus tool’s executable file. The Rufus tool will be visible as shown in image below, but without any detected device i.e. a Flash drive:


The “Device” drop-down box would be empty, now insert a flash drive in the USB slot of your computer which you want to use for making it bootable for installing Manjaro Linux. The flash drive will be detected by Rufus and shown in “Device” drop-down box as shown in below image:


In the “Boot Selection” drop-down select the default option “Disk or ISO image (please select)” and click on “Select” button to browse and select the Manjaro Linux ISO file from download location. Browse to the download location and select Linux Manjaro ISO image file (the downloaded Linux Manjaro ISO Image File).

In the “Volume Label” text box you can type in the Flash Drive label of your choice or may leave it as it is and proceed with flashing the drive to make it bootable for installing Linux Manjaro.

Ensure that there is no useful data on the flash drive (as it will be wiped off) and click on “Start” button. Rufus may need to download latest version of Grub, so if it asks your permission to download the same just click on “Yes” to allow Rufus to download latest version of Grub compatible with the given ISO file. Further, click “Ok” and continue with recommended option to “Write in ISO Image mode” to begin flashing the drive. Once the flashing begins, wait for it to complete.

If there is no error displayed at the end of flashing, the Drive would be successfully flashed and could be used to install Linux Manjaro on any computer. Close Rufus software. If Linux Manjaro is to be installed on the same computer then Restart the System or if it is required to be installed on any other computer then insert the flash drive in that computer and turn on the computer.


Step 4: Set and Boot from bootable Flash Drive

On system boot press the desired key (F10, F12, F2, Del, Esc, F9) to enter BIOS Setup. It could be different on different make and model. Try other keys as per Make and Model of your computer. Search for the booting device settings and select USB Drive as the Booting Device. Save and Exit BIOS setup. The system will restart, while booting press the desired key (F9, F10, F12, F2, Del, Esc) to display Boot Menu. It will display the list of booting devices. Select USB Drive as Boot Device and Hit Enter. If the system will boot from the flash drive, Manjaro Welcome Screen would be displayed on your computer screen.

Step 5: Install Linux Manjaro

On the Linux Manjaro Welcome screen, using arrow keys you may change the values of options such as Timezone, Keyboard Layout, Language and driver or may proceed with default selected values.

Note: you may choose “driver=free” in case of open source drivers such as AMD graphics card or hardware with Intel based integrated graphics for display. In case your computer has latest version proprietary drivers such as Nvidia you may choose “non-free” drivers.

Using arrow keys move to “Boot” option and Hit Enter Key. The boot option would be in the format “Boot: Manjaro.x86_64 <edition>”. You could recognize boot option as shown in below image:

manjaro welcome screen

Manjaro Linux Live session would be loaded from the Flash Drive. In the live session of Linux Manjaro, you can explore the features of Linux Manjaro, however, to make it persistent it should be installed on hard drive.

To run the installer, you may click on “Launch Installer” under INSTALLATION section of Welcome screen in Live session. In case the welcome screen is not displayed on live session start-up or you may have accidentally closed the welcome screen, Double Click on “Install Manjaro Linux” icon on desktop in the live session to run installer to begin installation process.

During the installation follow on-screen instructions to choose Language, Region, Zone, and Keyboard Layout as per requirement or proceed with default options if no specific requirements are there.

On “Partitions” section, choose the option “Erase disk” to erase the entire disk and install Manjaro Linux as the Single Host System on the machine while replacing any other existing data or Operating System on the computer. Ensure there is no data on the system disk before selecting this option as it will delete all data on the System. If there is existing data, then ensure Data Backup Before Proceeding, if there is no useful data click “Next” to proceed.

In “Users” section, type your name, login name, computer’s name, user password and administrator password and click on “Next” to continue.

On the summary page, ensure that there is no important data on the Hard Drive (as it will be erased) and Click on “Install” to Erase Disk and Install Manjaro Linux as the sole Host Operating System by replacing Windows or any other existing data or Operating System on the system. The setup will finally display a warning that the changes you are about to going to make to your disk will not be able to undo, thus, ensure there is no useful data on disk or if you have taken the backup of your data and click on “Install Now” to begin the Installation process.

Wait for the installation to finish. If the installation process would be successful a message “All Done” would be displayed in the installer window. If “All done” is not displayed or the installation is interrupted in between you may need to repeat from Step 4 above. If success message “All Done” message is displayed, check the “Restart Now” checkbox and click on “Done”. The system will restart. Remove the Flash Drive from the system.

Upon Restart, select the first option on Welcome Screen and Hit Enter to boot into Manjaro Linux. Your Manjaro Linux Computer will be Ready for Use now. Login with your password and use your Machine with latest version Manjaro Linux Operating System.

Watch the practical demonstration of the above process in following video:

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