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[[!meta title="Manual installation using Windows"]]

[[!inline pages="doc/first_steps/manual_usb_installation.intro" raw="yes"]]

This technique uses the Universal USB Installer, for more info or more help
visit [http://www.pendrivelinux.com/](http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/).

### Insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space

### [Download the Universal USB Installer](http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/)

<div class="note">
You will need version 1.9.5.4 or later.
</div>

### Click 'Run' when prompted<br/>

[[!img windows/01-run.jpg link=no alt="Do you want to run or save this file?"]]

### If the security dialog appears, confirm by clicking 'Run'

[[!img windows/02-run.jpg link=no alt="The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?"]]

### Read the licence agreement and choose 'I Agree' to continue

[[!img windows/03-license-agreement.png link=no alt="License Agreement"]]

### Select Tails from the dropdown list

[[!img windows/04-select-tails.png link=no alt="Step 1: Select a Linux Distribution from the dropdown to put on your USB"]]

### Click 'Browse' and open the downloaded ISO file

[[!img windows/05-browse-iso.png link=no alt="Step 2: Select your tails*.iso"]]

### Choose the USB drive

[[!img windows/06-choose-drive.png link=no alt="Step 3: Select your USB Flash Drive Letter Only"]]

### Click 'Create'

[[!img windows/07-create.png link=no alt="Create"]]

Then safely remove the USB stick from the computer.

<div class="next">

<p>After the installation completes, you can [[start Tails|start_tails]]
from this new USB stick.</p>

</div>