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How to Create and Boot to a USB Boot Drive

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Release Date March 1, 2016
Product(s) Affected Kangaroo Mobile Desktop
Operating System N/A 

NOTICE:

The information in this document, including products and software versions, is current as of the Release Date. This document is subject to change without notice.

Introduction 

Regardless of what operating system you decide to install, there's one simple rule that holds true for all -- "you must have EFI compatible boot media". In this article we'll talk a little bit about EFI and explain why EFI compatible boot media is essential, and how to use the EFI Boot Manager to boot to USB media.

What is EFI and why is it important?
EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) is the software interface that stands between your computer's firmware architecture and the operating system, and while it brings great value in terms of technological sophistication and represents a significant leap forward in evolution (with respect to computer BIOS), it's really not all that important to the vast majority of computer users who are involved in some form of product development or leading-edge IT activity. 

Source: Wikipedia

 

What's is important to note, however, is that EFI based systems have very specific file system requirements when it comes to loading the boot manager.. but for the sake of this article, rather than diving into the technical details of partition tables, system partitions and boot loaders, we'll just focus on one simple fact -- "when you create bootable media for your Kangaroo Mobile PC you need to make sure that you're using the FAT32 file system".

For additional information on EFI/UEFI, please check the following resources:

Tools for Creating EFI Compatible Boot Media

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What to know/prepare in advance

  • Identify your target operating system (E.g., Windows, Linux).
  • Verify hardware enabling drivers (Graphics, WiFi, Bluetothe, Audio, etc) are available in the operating system you've chosen for your specific hardware configuration.
  • Prepare USB media with a sufficient capacity to hold your target operating system and its associated boot files. 

 

Popular Media Creation Tools

Now there are tons of great resources available online that provide detailed step-by-step instructions for creating bootable media from scratch, but unless you're a hobbyist and are comfortable with command line operations it may be in your best interest to leverage well known Open Source tools (such as Universal USB Installer, MultiBoot or Rufus), or relevant obtain media creation tools directly from the operating system provider, such as Microsoft's Windows Media Creation Tool.

Source Name Supported Operating Systems
Universal USB Installer

Linux (multiple distros)

Windows 7/8

MultiBoot

Linux(multiple distros)

Windows XP/7/8

Microsoft Windows 10

 

For step-by-step instructions for installing Windows 10 using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool, please see our article on the subject: How to refresh, reset and re-install your operating system.

Booting to the EFI-USB Boot Device
Before you begin ensure the following:
  • Target system is powered OFF.
  • Target system is connected to an HDMI display device (external monitor/TV/projector).
  • Keyboard is connected to the target system.
Accessing the Boot Menu
  1. Insert the USB Boot Device created in prior steps.
  2. Power ON the target system.
  3. Press F10 at POST (when the Kangaroo logo is displayed, as below).

Note: Upon completing the above steps you will be presented with the EFI Boot Manager shown below. If your system fails to display the Boot Manager it's possible the monitor/panel being used requires more time to process the signal than is allocated in current specifications; it's common with older devices to include a slight delay in the time between when the HDMI signal is initiated and the actual signal is displayed; in such cases you may wish to begin pressing the F10 key on your keyboard immediately after pressing the power button.

Configuring the Boot Manager

  1. Use the up/down arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate to and select your USB device. 
  2. Once the correct device is highlighted press ENTER and the system will begin booting to the device.

 

And that about sums it up.. Your system should now boot directly to the EFI compatible boot media created in prior steps. 

 

 

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