YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) UEFI v0.0.4.1
YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISO’s which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.
Aside from a few distributions, all files are stored within the Multiboot folder, making for a nicely organized Multiboot Drive that can still be used for other storage purposes.
YUMI works much like Universal USB Installer, except it can be used to install more than one distribution to run from your USB. Distributions can also be uninstalled using the same tool!
The following YUMI UEFI version is a work in progress that utilize GRUB2 for both UEFI and BIOS booting. Please NOTE that it is not backwards compatible with standard YUMI. Supported distributions are limited, and your USB drive must be Fat32 formatted to support booting in UEFI mode. (Only BIOS mode will work with NTFS formatted drives).
Important YUMI UEFI info: You’ll need to disable secure boot (if it’s enabled). Drive must be Fat32 formatted if you want to UEFI boot.
YUMI is the recommended successor to our Universal USB Installer and older MultiBoot ISOs tools. Which were amongst the first tools made for the purpose of creating a USB bootable flash drive. Files are generally stored within the Multiboot folder, making for a nicely organized Portable Multiboot USB Drive that can still be used for traditional storage purposes.
Though YUMI was originally intended to be used to store and run various “LIVE Linux” Operating Systems and tools from USB, using it to install Linux from a Flash Drive to a Hard Drive should work with most distributions. If you find a distribution where the installer does not work, please let me know.
Updated to support newer Archbang and Archlinux.
YUMI Basic Essentials
NOTE: For legacy YUMI, your USB drive must be Fat32/NTFS formatted, otherwise Syslinux will fail and as a result, your drive will NOT Boot. NTFS may not work with every distribution but is required for storing files over 4GB. YUMI UEFI currently must use Fat32 format.
YUMI Legacy or UEFI can be used to format your select USB drive, but be aware that all partitions on the select disk will also be deleted. Ensure that you have made a backup of any information you want to keep before using YUMI on any drive.
Basic Essentials to create a Multi System Bootable USB Drive
Recommended: You’ll have the best experience when using YUMI on a Fast SSD Flash Drive. Here’s a list of recommended Fast Flash Drives.
- 2GB+ Fat32 or *NTFS Formatted USB Flash Drive.
- Computer that can boot from USB.
- Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 Operating Environment.
- YUMI (to create a Multiboot Bootable USB).
- Your favorite ISO Files.
Please inform me of unlisted “FREE” Live Linux distributions or version revisions, and I will attempt to update YUMI to support them, as I find time. Additionally, Bootable Software developers who wish to have their “PAID” software added, can send me a copy to try.