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Operating system running from flash drive


I would like to know if are there possibilities to do the following:

Use a flash drive as the storage of a whole operating system (linux or windows) and being able to use it from any computer capable of booting via usb.

Is it possible ? This way I would have access to all my files and programs and setup from any computer.

Waiting your precious input.
Thanks in advance !
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Evan CutlerCommented:
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Windows operating systems are deliberately designed not to run in this way but there are a number of Linux distros that can be configured to launch from a USB drive.

Here's an example for Mint but you'll find similar guides with open source utilities to help create the file structure for your favorite flavor of Linux.
yes, it's possible.
This is called portable apps.
It's easier on linux (live CD distro can be installed/converted to usb) where you can have a separated partition to store your data.

Boot from USB can be challenging... some old computers have problems to do this!
Linux will do this but be aware of the limitations of swapping between different hardware...
mdtanosAuthor Commented:
I see thanks for those answers !

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