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Right, I get you - create a VM, mount the ISO in it and boot it, then select Install and target the flash drive. Should work I guess?

Would only work on the one computer though - the VM won't exist on the others. There's a script on Virtualbox to move the whole VM, so you could do that, but that's getting complicated.

I don't see why you need to bother with a VM at all, if you can reboot the PC? Because, you may as well do a persistant LiveUSB install onto the flash drive. If you can't reboot the PC, and you need to use different PCs each time, I think you're SOL as you can't install the virtualisation software onto the stick (stupid Windows registry). There is something called "Portable Virtualbox", but I'm not familiar with it
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If the vm files are stored on a usb drive, any computer with the virtualisation software can use it.

For example, if every computer you intend to use it on has vmware server or virtualbox already installed. Though I haven't tried virtualbox, in vmware you would just do something similar to file -> open -> *.vmx on the new machine and it would work fine.

There's not really anything you can do about that though. AFAIK there isn't any portable virtualisation software just because of the level of access it needs but I could be wrong.


A live CD is a good alternative for trying out a linux distro before making any changes to the hard drive but it depends on the situation and what someone wants to do. All of my Linux installs are very light weight and fast command line only installs, and you just don't get those on live cds. It could also be that he wants to test specific conditions like whether he could get away with installing it to a machine with 128mb of memory. He could just want to try a piece of Linux software over a virtual network while windows is still running on the host. Since he didn't give any more detail about this, we can only answer his question
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I wonder if its possible to run linux through a virtual machine without admin right on a flash drive?
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That's true, in the absence of more information, we're fishing in the dark

As far as I'm aware, you can't open other VMs in Virtualbox (or at least, the VDI virtual storage files), unless they're been explicitly exported. I borked an Ubuntu install like this once - when the VM got corrupted somehow, I couldn't access the VDI in the new VM or any of the existing ones. But that could just be a Virtualbox quirk.

Anyway, I'll await more info from OP
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