viking777 wrote:I think first of all it might help if you said EXACTLY what tutorial you are talking about. The one that I know of:
Uses the command line dd and it is just a single line which I would hardly call difficult.
Not only that but it also offers the Ubuntu image writer as an alternative for those who choose it.
xenopeek wrote:I've moved your topic here as it is a suggestion. Got my hands on a Windows laptop to try both out.
Image Writer works as advertised. You download it, extract it, then start it. No additional programs are needed. You click the folder icon to browse to your downloaded ISO file (you would have either followed Clem's guide and renamed it from .iso to .img, or you would first in the type selection box here select *.* to see the .iso file). Then you set the device to the letter of your USB stick. Then you click write, and after accepting the warning, the ISO will be written to your USB stick. Note that you also have here the option to calculate the MD5 hash of the ISO, so you can compare that to the one listed on the download page (ensuring your download wasn't corrupted or tampered with). It short, it works as advertised.
I also tried the Universal USB Installer from the page you link to. That's not actually a Ubuntu program, and you are from that page also directed to Pendrivelinux.com to actually download the program (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal- ... -as-1-2-3/). You don't need to extract it but can run it immediately. Then you need to browse a long list and find Linux Mint on it, and pick the correct edition and release to install. Then you browse to where you have the ISO file and after setting the device to the letter of your USB stick can write it.
- You don't need to extract Universal USB Installer.
- No MD5 hash hash check.
- You need to select Linux Mint in the list, which takes a bit of scrolling around to find.
-And if the program hasn't been updated yet for a newer release of Linux Mint, this may confuse users as they'd need to know to scroll all the way down to the end of the list and select to load an unlisted ISO.
I don't think this is definitely better, nor definitely worse, than Image Writer. You are of course free to submit your own tutorial here or on the Community site. I'll forward the suggestion to Clem, to add Universal USB Installer as an alternative for Windows users.
Denis362 wrote:the problem you had [...] is that you downloaded the source of the program
Denis362 wrote:You've made quite an entrance over something so simple. The original application doesn't require any additional programs whatsoever, the problem you had (and so did I, but didn't really jump to conclusions) is that you downloaded the source of the program and all the batch files in that folder didn't do the magic for you. What you should do is download the binary instead of source from the same site ("win32diskimager-binary"), extract the downloaded zip and go to the application stored in there.
xenopeek wrote:Denis362 wrote:the problem you had [...] is that you downloaded the source of the program
Indeed, it seems you downloaded the "win32diskimager-source.zip" instead of the "win32diskimager-binary.zip" file. Perhaps you're not accustomed to open source on Windows, but it's quite common for open source programs on Windows to have a source zip and a binary (executable) zip.
But indeed no sense discussing this further It's added to the tutorial by Clem. Thanks again for the suggestion. You're welcome to write an improved tutorial for Windows users
xenopeek wrote:Clem, as in Clement Lefebvre, the lead developer and founder of Linux Mint... You might imagine he has a lot of things to do But your three step plan looks like a good idea. So what do you want to do about it? It sounds like this is doable as a short tutorial.
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