Quick Fix: Tips on using SUSE Image Writer for openSUSE 13.1

If you're planning to install openSUSE 13.1 using a LiveUSB, you can download and run dependable SUSE Image Writer for Windows.

Even an older version of SUSE Image Writer will work with openSUSE 13.1. However, if you encounter issues with running SUSE Image Writer from a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 machine, try one of the following:

1. If you have previously created a LiveUSB for a different Linux distribution on the USB stick, format the USB stick using the Windows Disk Management service or using a LiveUSB of Knoppix (which automatically runs as Root when using GParted). You may encounter permissions issues or a disk error when using another openSUSE machine or even Ubuntu's disk manager when formatting the storage device. If Windows prompts you to format the USB stick, go ahead and format the disk after backing up files from the USB storage device. Windows takes care of permissions issues and FAT32 compatibility.

2. When running SUSE Image Writer, type the first few letters of the openSUSE ISO after clicking Select. SUSE Image Writer automatically filters files with the .raw extension not .ISO so the ISO won't appear in the dialog box.

3. You do not need to run SUSE Image Writer as administrator in Windows, but if you do get an error, right-click on Image Writer and click Run as administrator.

4. If you receive an inexplicable error regarding permissions or an unreadable USB storage device after selecting the openSUSE image and clicking Copy, close Image Writer. In File Explorer (Windows 7 or 8.x), right-click your USB stick and click Properties. On the Tools tab, click Check now...Windows will briefly look over the USB storage device for errors and will not find any. However, you will be able to use SUSE Image Writer to create an openSUSE LiveUSB after the disk check is over.


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