Running Linux Live-CDs On Windows With MobaLiveCD

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Author: Falko Timme

This article is a short introduction to running Linux Live-CDs with MobaLiveCD. MobaLiveCD is a standalone Windows application (i.e., you do not have to install it - it runs by clicking on the executable) that uses the Qemu emulator to run Linux Live-CDs on your Windows desktop.

To download MobaLiveCD, go to and follow the download link. Save the MobaLiveCD executable somewhere on your hard drive (e.g. on the desktop):

Afterwards, you can start MobaLiveCD right away by simply clicking on the executable - it's a standalone application, i.e., it doesn't need to be installed:

After MobaLiveCD has started, click on Run the LiveCD...

... and select the ISO image of a Linux Live-CD from your hard drive (e.g. Knoppix):

If you want to save changes that you make in the Linux live system, create a hard disk image for the virtual machine, otherwise select No:

If you have chosen to create a hard disk image, specify its location:

Afterwards the Live-CD starts and boot the Linux system. Click into the window to move the mouse pointer of the Linux system or to press keys inside the Linux system. To release the mouse pointer, press CTRL+ALT.

MobaLiveCD also lets you add a menu entry to the right-click menu of ISO images so that you can directly run the ISO image from the right-click menu. To set up the menu entry, click on the Right-click menu button in MobaLiveCD:

Now when you right-click on an ISO image, you see the entry Test this with MobaLiveCD in the right-click menu. Select this if you want to start the ISO image in MobaLiveCD:

If you want to remove the entry from the right-click menu, click on the Uninstall button in MobaLiveCD:


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Running Linux live cd via moba is way slower comparing to booting from the actual cd or usb. Even though I tested in a system with 2GB RAM.

From: Nikesh

MobaLiveCD does not make any sense to me, easy way is just to insert the CD and reboot the system. I don't see that current generation user cannot have the CD drive :) and in this case user can use this application but surely this will not give the true experience, will make the entire system slow.



From: CMD

Also this would be great when you havnt access to the cdrom drive or cdrom booting is disabled in a public place like internet cafe or library.

From: Ron Shatto

MobaliveCD can be used to run a live CD prior to actually burning the iso image to CD.  I teach Linux and show my students how to take a SLAX image and modify it with MySlaxCreator.  My students make a new iso image and test it with MobaliveCD.  If their version of Linux does not do exactly what they want it to do, then they repeat the process of making a new iso image with changes and test it again with MobaliveCD.  After they are completely satisfied with their work, then they burn the iso image to CD.  It is slower than running it directly from CD but in a testing environment where they might make 20 changes in one class period, testing with MobaliveCD is mandatory.

From: rio2000

nice... very helpfull

From: sami


I have used the Qemu but it slows down the pc there anyway to keep the pc run as it does in windows?thanx



From: Anonymous

But on this system:::

Operating System   System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)   VIA Technologies, Inc. KT600-8237
Processor a   Main Circuit Board
1900 megahertz AMD Pentium III
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
  Board: KT600-8237
Bus Clock: 166 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 08/26/2003
Drives   Memory Modules
71.06 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
41.01 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TDK CDRW5200B [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6E040L0 (41.11 GB) [Hard drive] -- drive 0
Maxtor 93071U6 (30.02 GB) [Hard drive] -- drive 1
  512 Megabytes Installed Memory

 MobaLive is waayyyyy tooo slooooooow to be of much use. I've tried it with PCLinuxOS 2010 (where I found MobaLive suggested) and, now with Open Solaris with absolutely no luck at all. Quite dissapointing!

 I guess I'll have to just keep making Live CDs!