How to add USB boot support for PCs that doesn’t support USB booting

pendriveLooking a way to boot an operating system, for example Ubuntu, installed on a USB flash drive from your PC that has no USB boot support?

Some old motherboard doesn’t support USB booting. But you can add USB boot support for such PCs with the help of a small program called Plop Boot Manager.

This program allows you to access USB devices (or any drive) without the need of bios. Here is how to.

  1. Download Plop Boot Manager from here (1.3Mb) and extract it.
  2. Burn the image fie (plpbt.iso) into a CD using a burning software like Nero to make it a bootable CD.
  3. Insert this bootable CD into the CD/DVD drive and restart your PC.
  4. Your PC should boot from this CD (if not, change the boot order to give CD/DVD Drive higher precedence from bios).
  5. You can see a user screen where you can select the boot device. Select USB from this list.

Hope this brief tutorial will help you boot your PC using USB Stick. And, if you would like to create a bootable Ubuntu USB, this tutorial may help you.

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.


  1. shashank

    Oct 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    wish my pc didbt support usb boot support then would have surely tried this.
    Thanks for this share,
    happy blogging!

  2. Mayur

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I was looking for this thing from a long time. It looks so easy and will be really useful. Will try it soon.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kannan

      Aug 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Welcome Mayur.

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  4. aatif

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Will try this one . Good share

  5. BlogTech Online

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Thank you fro sharing a wonderfull idea.

  6. More

    Aug 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Certainly very useful. Hearing for the first time about this program. Hope this will help me.

  7. Blinkky

    Aug 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Good one. Maybe I need this someday =)

  8. Arun

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Nice idea. Thanks for sharing

    • Kannan

      Aug 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Arun, welcome here.

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