How to Install Kali Linux 2022.3 on Desktop/Laptop Computer with Bootable USB Stick

In this article, we will examine how to set up Kali Linux 2022.3 on a desktop or laptop computer using a bootable USB flash drive.

How to Install Kali Linux 2022.3 on Desktop/Laptop Computer with Bootable USB Stick

How to Install Kali Linux 2022 (2022.3) on Desktop/Laptop using USB Flash Memory

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution developed by the Offensive Security company. This system includes many free tools for penetration testing and checking for security vulnerabilities on the network.

Offensive Security released 2022.3, the first version of 2022, which includes new features and improvements, on August 09. This version includes new backgrounds for the desktop and notable visual changes such as new login and start screen.

What’s New?

The main innovations of Kali Linux 2022.3 are:

  • It includes new visual theme changes in the boot menu and login screen.
  • The shell command prompt is further enhanced, providing better readability.
  • It includes a new interface with Kali’s documentation and tools as the default landing page in Chromium and Firefox web browsers, which offers a better look and better search experience.
  • With the offline installation media called Kali-Linux-Everything ISO, many predefined tools can be downloaded without having an Internet connection. Since the size of this ISO file is about 10 GB, it has been made more suitable for use in educational institutions in remote locations where the Internet connection is weak.

For other enhancements, you can learn more by visiting https://www.kali.org/blog/kali-linux-2022-1-release/.

How to Download and Set Up Kali Linux from Scratch

After downloading the ISO file of the Kali Linux system, you need to prepare a bootable Flash Memory using the Rufus program, and then boot your computer with the installation media you prepared.

Before installing on your physical computer, you can run and experience the system on a new virtual machine by using one of the virtualization programs such as VMware, VirtualBox.

   Step 1

To download the Kali ISO installation media to your computer, visit the official website https://www.kali.org/ and click the Download button you see on the homepage.

Kali Linux Download

   Step 2

You can get an installation media according to your personal preference on the renewed download website on the Kali website. Click on the Bare Metal platform as you will be installing it on a physical computer.

Bare Metal

   Step 3

Download the ISO file of Kali Linux 2022.3 64-bit version to your computer by clicking the download icon as in the image below.

64 Bit ISO File Download

   Step 4

After downloading the ISO file, download the Rufus program from this link and install it on your computer. Or if you want to use the Rufus program as a portable, download the program from the relevant web page and run it.

Insert a blank USB flash drive into your computer and then run Rufus 3.18 Portable. After checking that the Boot Selection option is Disk or ISO Image, click the SELECT button and add the downloaded ISO image.

Burning ISO File to USB Flash Drive

   Step 5

After adding the ISO image of Kali, choose to install it as BIOS or UEFI on your physical computer. The Partition Scheme setting is set to MBR by default by the program.

If you prefer to install UEFI, change the setting in Target System to UEFI only and change the Scheme setting to GPT.

After checking the settings of the system you will write to the flash memory, click the START button.

Starting to Burn the ISO to USB

   Step 6

After clicking START, when the ISOHybrid information window opens, you can choose to burn the installation media you added to the program in ISO or DD (Disk Image) image mode. With the default and recommended option ISO Image Mode selected, click OK and then confirm that all data on your USB disk will be erased.

Write in ISO Image Mode

   Step 7

After burning the ISO image to USB, restart your computer and enter the BIOS settings on the boot screen and configure the primary boot device as USB and restart your PC again.

When you boot your computer with the USB installation media, you will see the Kali Linux Installer Menu (BIOS Mode) screen as in the image below. In this menu, press Enter in the Graphical Install option.

Graphical Install

   Step 8

Select the display language in which you will use your Kali system and click Continue.

Selecting the System Language

   Step 9

Depending on the system language you selected, select the country you live in from the locations listed and click Continue.

Choosing a Location

   Step 10

Select a keyboard layout according to the keyboard hardware of your physical computer and click Continue.

Choosing the Keyboard Layout

   Step 11

Wait while the additional components required for system installation are installed from the installation media.

Loading Additional Components

   Step 12

To specify your system in your local network, type a hostname and click Continue.

Typing a Hostname for the System

   Step 13

If you have created a home network, all your computers must be on the same network to communicate with each other. If your computer is not connected to a home or corporate network, leave the domain name blank and continue.

Skipping Domain Name Setting

   Step 14

To perform non-administrative operations, type your real name for the user account to be created instead of the root account and click Continue.

Typing Full Name for User Account

   Step 15

Type a lowercase username for your account and click Continue.

Setting a Username for Your Account

   Step 16

Create a strong user account password consisting of upper and lower case letters and numbers and click Continue.

Creating Password for User Account

   Step 17

To configure the system clock correctly, select the time zone of the country you live in.

Selecting the Time Zone Region

   Step 18

Since you will install a Kali Linux from scratch, choose Guided – Use Entire Disk and click Continue.

Use Entire Disk

   Step 19

To build Kali Linux, select one of the disks installed on your computer and continue.

Selecting the Disk to Partition

   Step 20

For new users or for a clean system installation, select All Files In One Partition and click Continue. You can take a look at other options for more advanced disk partitioning.

All Files in a Partition

   Step 21

Click Continue to finish partitioning the disk and confirm writing the changes to the disk.

Completing Partitioning and Writing Changes to Disk

   Step 22

After checking the automatic partitions created by the system wizard, select Yes to write the changes to the disk and continue.

Confirming Changes to Disk

   Step 23

If you want the standard desktop environment and default tools to be installed, leave the settings in the Software Selection window at default and continue.

Selecting Desktop Environment

   Step 24

Check Yes to install the GRUB Boot Loader on the primary partition and click Continue.

Installing GRUB Boot Loader on Primary Partition

   Step 25

To make the newly installed system bootable, you need to install the GRUB Boot Loader on your bootable disk. If your computer has additional disks that you use as storage, do not select those disks.

Selecting Disk for Boot Loader

   Step 26

After installing Kali Linux on the computer with the USB memory, remove the USB memory from your computer and restart your system.

System Reboot After Installation

   Step 27

After restarting your Kali PC, press Enter on Kali GNU/Linux in the GRUB menu and boot your system.

Kali GNU/Linux

   Step 28

Type the user account name and password you created and click the Log In button.

Login to Kali

   Step 29

After logging in, you can see the Kali Linux 2022.3 desktop environment as in the image below.

Kali 2022 Desktop Environment

   Step 30

To check Kali version, open terminal and execute lsb_release -a command.

lsb_release -a

Verifying System Version with the lsb_release -a command

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