These instructions will allow you to create a USB stick which can be used to reformat one or more computers with Endless OS. Compared to a normal Endless OS USB stick, a USB stick created following these instructions requires fewer clicks to reformat a computer with Endless OS, but cannot be used to try Endless OS from the USB stick, or install dual-boot with Windows.
Note: These instructions are aimed at special circumstances sometimes encountered by Endless partners. Most users should instead follow the simpler instructions around creating an Endless USB Stick. Please see our Installation documentation for more info.
You will need:
A USB stick or external hard drive with enough capacity to store your image plus approximately 4GB for the live installer system. For faster speeds, use a USB3 device connected to a USB 3 port, which can be recognized by having blue connectors or a SS (SuperSpeed) label.
A computer running Windows 7 or later
The Endless Installer for Windows, you can download it from the following link: Endless Installer
The Endless OS image and its signature file (two files, a large file with extension: .img.gz and a small file with extension .img.gz.asc). If you don't have your custom image available, please contact our support channels to get a download link.
The Endless Mass Installer and its signature file (two files, a large file with extension: .img.xz and a small file with extension .img.xz.asc). If you don't have these files, please see Endless OS direct download or contact our support channels to get a download link.
Insert your blank USB into an available USB slot.
Create a new folder in your computer and put all the downloaded files in it (The Installer for Windows, Endless OS image + signature files and the Endless Mass Installer + signature file.
endless-installer.exefile. It will prompt you for admin rights to run the app.
You will need:
If you are not using a brand new USB, make sure your device does not have extra partitions. If your USB has any extra partitions, you may use the same Disks app to delete all of them
Close the Disks app and open a Terminal window by typing "terminal" in the search bar.
Navigate to the folder where you store the required files.
Run the following command to start the process. Take a look at the guide below on what to write between the brackets. You need to insert 3 pieces of information:
gnome-session-inhibit --inhibit suspend sudo eos-write-installer -i [eosinstaller] -o [Endless OS image] [device]
[eosinstaller]: This is the file name of the installer. It starts with "eosinstaller..." ending with extension .img.xz
[Endless OS image]: This is the file name of the Endless image you want to use, it ends with extension .img.gz
[device]: This is the device that belongs to your USB, e.g.
/dev/sdb. Refer to Step 5 for how to determine the device name on your system.
gnome-session-inhibit --inhibit suspend sudo eos-write-installer -i eosinstaller-eos3.9-amd64-amd64.210522-223424.base.img.xz -o impact-eos3.9-amd64-amd64.210602-035451.oaxaca.img.gz /dev/sdb
Make sure you write the file names correctly to avoid errors. File names above are examples, the files you will use will be different than the examples. There are several ways to do facilitate writing the file names, it can be by drag and dropping the files into the terminal, or autocompleting the file name using the TAB key. You may want to test a procedure first.