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core2usb is a Windows program to install (Tiny) Core Linux on USB stick or other removable media, except floppy disk and CD/DVD. It offers a fast and easy route to get started with (Tiny) Core just having ISO file downloaded from http://www.tinycorelinux.net

Key features

  • developed for (Tiny) Core Linux
  • compatible with version 4.x including 4.2
  • portable, no Windows installation needed
  • safe
  • adds WAITUSB=5 automatically to boot options
  • optionally created tce /tce directory on USB

Program installation

Do not have to be installed on Windows, just run the .exe downloaded


Its usage is easy and straight forward.

  1. Format target USB drive for FAT (FAT16 or FAT32 depending on system and size) making sure there is enough free space for system. Add extra free space if /tce directory is created to store downloaded extensions and backup on the same USB.
  2. Download ISO file you want to install.
  3. Start installer.
  4. Select ISO file
  5. Select target drive. In the list free and total capacity is indicated. Target drive must be empty.
  6. Click INSTALL button to start installation. It may take some time, please be patient.
  7. When finished, a pop-up message will appear.


It is a beta test release, tested on Windows XP and Vista. There may be bugs, but it is expected to be safe to try without any risk to demage your Hard Disk


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1.4 running on XP
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1.4 running on VISTA
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1.4 running on 7