Kali Installation : Dual Boot VS Live Boot VS Virtual Machine (2023)

Kali Installation : Dual Boot VS Live Boot VS Virtual Machine (1)If you are yet to have a Kali instance running on your machine, then you have quite a dilemma ahead of you. There are three ways to go about running Kali, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I'll tell you what exactly the terms Dual Boot, Live Boot, and Virtual machine installation mean, how easy/difficult these are to perform, and what are the advantages/disadvantages of each of them. In the end, I'll tell you how to find guides for doing all of these.

PS: This guide (and the blog) is focused on Kali, but everything in this post is applicable to Linux in general. Certain parts are related to hacking, but you can take networking lessons from them regardless, even if you aren't interested in hacking per se.

Dual Boot

Most of you would be running a single operating system on your system right now. However, that doesn't have to be the case. We can partition our hard disk, and install multiple operating systems alongside each other.

Think of how you have multiple partitions in your Windows (C,D,E,F drives). All your Windows system files would usually be in C (local disk). What if you let go of drive F (copy it's content to C,D,E first), and decide to install Kali's system files on it (you can install Kali's system files on your computer using the .iso file of Kali that is available for download). Now, you will have 3 drives of Windows format (NTFS), and one drive with Linux format (ext4). C drive (NTFS), will have Windows installed, and F drive (ext4, and it's name isn't really F drive anymore), has Linux.

But since your computer loads the system files during bootup, it needs to know whether to load files from C drive or from the "formerly F" drive. This is handled by the bootloader.

This was a gross oversimplification. Here's a nice article on HowToGeek that explains stuff in more details.

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This is when Kali installer asks where it should install the OS.
In the sample explanation, you should install it where the "F" drive of
Windows is. If you instead install it over the "C" drive, you'll lose
Windows, and will only have Kali in your system.
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Once you have installed Kali on a system which already had Windows,
the bootloader (GRUB) will ask you which of them to boot from.

USB Boot

In the above example, we had Windows on our C,D,E,F partitions. The C partition had the system files, while D,E,F had other files. We decided to overwrite F and install Kali's system files over there. When we wanted to run Windows, we booted from C, and when we wanted to run Kali, we booted from the "former F drive" (of course we didn't know what exactly we are booting for, GRUB handles that for us, we just have to choose).

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So, can we, instead of installing Kali on our F drive, install it on an external Hard Disk, and then boot from that external hard disk? The answer is yes. Well, you may ask, the size of Kali's ISO is <4 GB. What if I have a 16 GB USB flash drive. Surely, the installed OS will not take more than 16GB. Why use a hard disk, let me just install the OS on a USB flash drive.

Well, the answer to that is yes too. You can but 10 USB flash drives, and install 10 different operating systems on each of them, and then plug in whichever one you want, boot from it, and if your OS supports the filesystem of your hard disks, you can use your computers hard disks as well. You actually don't even need hard disks at all. You can run your computer from a flash drive itself.

However, remember how I said install the OS on the USB flash drive. Turns out, you don't even have to install the OS. In general, for most software, there is 'an installer', and after the installer finishes it's job, we have the software installed and then can use it. For example, take a simple game. Suppose it has a setup.exe file on the CD drive you bought. When you run that, you can't yet play the game, and you instead need to install it on your hard disk, after which it can be played. This is true for operating systems as well. If you plug in a Windows installation CD/DVD/USB into your computer, it will do what the name says, install Windows on your computer. Upon installation, you can run Windows.

But with some Linux distributions, we have the ability to run the OS without installation(live boot). You can take the ISO, burn it to a DVD drive, and "live boot" it. It will not touch your hard disk, and everything will run directly on your primary memory (RAM). Hence, the installer also acts as the installed software.

So, simply download Kali Linux' iso, and copy it to a USB, and you are done. Except for a little problem, USB drives are not bootable by default. So you need a little software which will properly perform the copying of the iso to the USB drive, such that it can be booted from.

In summary, download the ISO, use a tool to intelligently copy the ISO to a flash drive, plug in the flash drive, and boot from it. It will ask you whether you want to Install the OS, or start running it right away (live boot). Just select the live boot option, and Kali is up and running, without any installation. However, since everything happens in volatile primary memory (RAM), changes are lost. So, everytime you boot into the live USB, it would be like running a fresh install (which can be both a good and a bad thing). With persistence mode, even this limitation is overcome, and you can have changes which persist across boots.

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These are the choices offered when you boot from Kali's installer on a USB
You can run it live, run it live with persistence, or install the OS.

Virtual Machine

Suppose you only have Windows on your machine. How do you go from a powered off system to having a fully functional Windows running on your machine. Actually, a more useful question is, what all do you need to go from nothing to functional OS running. Here are a few things I can think of-

  • System files that run the OS (or in other words, system files that basically the OS).
  • A small core utility which can load the system files into memory from the hard disk (bootloader) when the computer is presently in a void like situation.
  • Memory where the system files are loaded.
  • Processing power which runs the OS.
  • Hard Disk space, where you can store stuff, Networking so that you can access the internet, and so on.

So, from a powerless state, in the presence of all the above, we can move to a state where we have a functional Windows instance running on our system. The question I want to ask you is, from astate where we have a functional Windows instance running on our system, can we move to a state where we have two functional OSs running on our system?

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The answer should be, why not, if we have all the requirements that can result in a transition from 0 to 1, then if same requirements are met again, we can go from 1 to 2. In other words, if we have-

  • System files that run the second OS
  • A different core utility which can load the system files into memory from the hard disk (bootloader) when we have an OS running on the system already (as opposed to being in a void like situation)
  • Memory, separate from the already runnning OS's memory, where the system files of this OS are loaded.
  • Processing power, separately for this OS, which runs the OS.
  • Hard Disk space, separately for this OS, where you can store stuff, Networking so that you can access the internet, and so on.

The above discussion should tell you that it would indeed be possible to run multiple OSs together, by somehow dividing the memory, hard disk space, processor power, etc. into two, and letting both OSs run on their share.

Without going into too much detail, let me just tell you that using hypervisors, this has indeed been achieved, and now we can run multiple OS inside one OS, given that there are enough resources to sustain the needs of all the simultaneously running OSs. VMware has been a pioneer in this technology, but they only offer limited capability VMWare player for free, while VMWare workstation will cost you. On the other hand, VirtualBox provides free open source products.

Now that you know about all the different ways to run Kali, be it alongside Windows, inside Windows (virtually), or live without installation, let me tell you about advantages and disadvantages of these methods.

Kali Installation : Dual Boot VS Live Boot VS Virtual Machine (5)
Multiple Operating systems can run simultaneously as virtual machines.
In the picture, you can see VmWare workstation and various virtual machines on it.


Live Boot V/S Dual Boot

Dual boot performs faster than live boot, and has persistence (though live boot with persistence is also available, but that is limited persistence). If you are using live USB, then you have to keep updating the ISO version on the USB frequently (download a new ISO, then write that ISO to the USB). If you have dual boot, then you'll update Kali the usual way (using apt-get update, upgrade, and dist-upgrade).

I have put this point of comparison first because this is the only point of difference between live boot and dual boot. The two are identical in every other aspect, and from here on, I'll use live boot to refer to both live boot and dual boot.

Hardware access

In live booting, when you are running Kali, it would be the sole owner of all the resources that the computer offers (except hard disk space which is occupied by Windows, which is not a major concern). Not only that, it will have access to internal wireless card of your machine. We'll get a better idea of what hardware advantages we are getting by looking at what we don't get when we are inside Virtual Machine.

When Kali is running from inside a virtual machine, it doesn't have access to-

(Video) Question: Should I Install Kali Linux As Dual Boot Or As A Live CD?

  1. Full CPI / GPU power (because processor needs to be shared between the two simultaneously running OSs) - So, this will mean slower cracking (processor intensive task like cracking WPA-2 4-way handshake will suffer here).
  2. No direct access to internal hardware, only bridged access - What this means for you is that you can't access the internal wireless adapter of your laptop. So, for wireless hacking, you will need to purchase an external wireless adapter if you are working inside a VM. (even if you are live/dual booting, you may need to purchase an external wireless card, because internal wireless cards are weaker, have less driver support, and sometimes don't support injection, which is needed in many attacks).

So, for wireless hacking, Virtual Machine isn't the best way to go.


In live booting, you are a direct part of the local network you are connected to. In virtual booting, your host computer is a part of that network, and you are part of internal network which contains only you, your host, and other guests.

First, let me explain some technical jargon-

  1. Internal network - When you connect to your wifi router, you, along with other connected devices (your iphone, android phone, macbook, PC, etc.) become part of a local network. The internet knows only about your router. Every communication must be sent via the router to the internet, the internet will respond to router, and router will return the response to the appropriate system on the local network.
  2. VMnet - This is an equivalent of internal network, with the guest virtual machines, and the host machine a part of it.
  3. Host machine - The machine on which Vmware/virtualbox is installed, and inside which the virtual machines are running.
  4. Guest machine - The machines inside virtualbox/vmware.
  5. Internal IP - Your IP on the local network
  6. VMnet IP - Your IP on the Virtual network (VMnet) [This is not a standard term, internal and external IPs are standard terms, this I'm using for convenience]
  7. External IP - Your IP on the internet.

If any of the machine make a request to the internet, their external IP would be the same. To check this, open your smartphone, and search "Whats my IP on google". Repeat this from all your other devices connected to the same router. Each one will have the same IP. Internally, all the devices have a different internal IP (the router has an internal IP too, like any other device on the local network).

Similarly, when you send a request from any of the VM guests to a machine outside the VMNet, but inside the local network, you'll carry the internal IP of your VM host (i.e. the Windows machine). Internally, all the guests have a VMnet IP (the host has one too, and inside the VMnet, behaves like guests).

Let me explain this a bit further with pictures.

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Here, the kali machine is a part of VMNet, and can't directly contact
the mac machine and android machine. To reach them, it has to go via the Windows machine.
The router doesn't know about the existence of Kali Machine (or the Windows XP machine).
The path to the internet involves both the host machine, and the router.
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Here, Kali is directly a part of the Local network. Here, the router knows about the Kali Machine.
Also, the path to the internet involves only the router.

So, what does this mean for us?

  1. If you want to practice penetration testing, VMs can be great. You can have a Windows host, and Kali running as a virtual machine. Alongside, you can have Windows XP running as another guest VM. Now, these are a part of VMNet and directly connected. So, you can easily perform any attacks from Kali to this machine.
  2. If you want to do real life pentesting, your target is probably over the internet. In that case, having Kali inside a virtual machine doesn't help. Firstly, even if you are live booting Kali, you are a part of the local network, and to communicate with your target over the internet, you need to "forward" your requests through the router (this is called port forwarding). This, in itself, can sometimes be a pain in the ass. If you are inside a VM, your path to your target would involve your router, your host machine, and then the Kali Machine. This is quite inconvenient. So, if you want to attack someone over the internet, being in a virtual machine sucks.

In other words, your guest machine (Kali) does not have access to your laptop's network card. It has bridged access to it. In theory, you can still use most of the functionality of the card, but in practice, it's a painstakingly hard job. You can, however, add an external card and give it to the Kali guest instead of the windows host, mitigating this problem. Read the food for thought below for more-

Food For Thought

(Video) Dual Boot vs Virtualization

When you are inside a virtual machine, you are using your host to connect to the internet. But that doesn't have to be the case. You can plug in an external wireless card, and connect to the router directly. That would mean, that you are now a part of VMNet, as well as a part of LAN (your wlan0 card gets allocated an internal IP on the LAN (WLAN), say Now, you don't need your host for internet access, and as far as the router is concerned, you are a separate computer. So, this does solve the problem that being inside a virtual machine causes. (I'm too lazy to draw a diagram for that, but in this case, the diagram will have Kali as a part of both the internal network dotted box, and the VMnet dotted box. This is exactly equivalent to the condition Windows 8/10 machine in the first diagram. It will also have two IPs, one for VMnet, and one for LAN).


Live boot is the easiest to perform, and the least risky.

Virtual machine is a bit harder, but still not risky.

Dual boot is tough, and you run the risk of losing your data/ getting rid of your original OS, etc.

Also, sometimes Dual Booting can be next to impossible. For example, some laptops with Microsoft signature (the 2-in-1, laptop+tablet types usually) addition don't let you dual boot anything alongside Windows.


Live booting doesn't leave behind many traces, other two methods do.

How to find installation guides

For finding guides, keep the following pointers in mind-

  1. Consult multiple resources before doing anything. There are thousands of guides for installing Kali, and there's no 'best' guide.
  2. Make sure to read the official documentation.
  3. Make sure not to limit yourself to just written tutorials, or just YouTube videos. Both has their own advantages and disadvantages.
  4. Consult tutorials for your precise versions of software (how to install Kali Rolling alongside Window 10), not simply Kali alongside Windows. There are only a few minor difference across the various releases, and their install instructions, but when you're doing it for the first time, these minor differences are important.
  5. Live USB is the easiest, go for it first. Go for Virtual machine if you're interested in practicing Penetration Testing.
  6. Even the easiest method, Live USB, isn't trivial. If you're a beginner, even that will require some efforts (changing boot order/ choosing USB as boot device, finding a proper software for making bootable USB, etc.). Don't get discouraged.

Extra Advice

  • For wireless hacking, don't even think about anything, go for live boot, it's a no brainer.
  • For pentesting, when you're just getting started and need to practice on local targets, go for Virtual machine.
  • When you're comfortable with Linux, and feel that you can use Kali for usual stuff, only then install Kali alongside Windows. Still, I won't suggest using Kali as your primary OS.
  • If you love Linux, and love challenges, then install Kali as your primary OS. If you do, see if you're able to figure out how to install Skype on Kali rolling release (if you succeed, please let me know. I haven't been able to do it so far, and anyways, skype web works fine).

The last point tells me that I'm getting carried away now, and this post needs to come to and end. Hope you learnt a lot. Let me know if you feel that there's something important worth inclusion that I missed.

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Should I install Kali Linux on VM or dual boot? ›

If you about speed and performance both are appropriately equal. But the best practice is to have kali linux in virtualbox rather than dual boot. If your are new to linux then go for virtualbox rather than dual boot.

Is it better to dual boot or use VM? ›

One of the biggest benefits of a virtual machine over dual-booting is that a virtual machine is sandboxed. This means that the virtualized operating system runs in a completely isolated environment. For the most part, nothing within the virtualized operating system can affect the native operating system.

Is it better to install Kali Linux on VirtualBox? ›

While you can install Kali Linux by replacing the existing operating system, using it via a virtual machine would be a better and safer option. With Virtual Box, you can use Kali Linux as a regular application in your Windows/Linux system. It's almost the same as running VLC or a game in your system.

Which installation is best for Kali Linux? ›

Most preferred ones include:
  • Installing Kali Linux by making a Kali (linux) bootable USB drive.
  • Kali Linux hard disk install.
  • Using virtualization software, such as VMware or VirtualBox.
  • Dual booting Kali Linux with the operating system.

Is it better to install Linux on virtual machine? ›

You need an operating system to install on your virtual machine's virtual hardware. Linux is a suitable choice for an operating system, because most of the distributions are free to download and run. It also allows you to explore an operating system that might be unfamiliar to you.

Should I install Linux or use a virtual machine? ›

If you're completely new to Linux, the best way to learn is on a virtual machine. You can get familiar with installing, configuring, and using Linux without having to tear up your existing environment. It's also more hands-on than using something like Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Is dual boot faster than virtualbox? ›

Dual boot can give more performance than virtualbox. Virtualbox depends on what configuration your system have but not of the time dual boot is more reliable. If you want to check small things such as configuration compatibility, cross platform support or something else then you can go with virtualbox.

Does dual booting slow down PC? ›

For the most part, no, installing multiple operating systems will not slow down the computer, unless you are using virtualization to run two or more at the same time. However, there is one thing that will slow down when using a standard hard disk. File access to operating system files.

What are disadvantages and disadvantages in installing dual boot operating system? ›

  • Restart required to access the other OS. Every time you need to switch between the OS, you will have to restart the PC. ...
  • Setup process is rather complicated. ...
  • Not very secure. ...
  • Easily switch between operating systems. ...
  • Easier to setup. ...
  • Offers safer environment. ...
  • Easier to start over. ...
  • Moving it to another PC.
5 Mar 2020

Which OS is better than Kali? ›

Parrot OS is another Linux distribution that comes pre-installed with security tools. One of the main advantages of Parrot OS compared to Kali Linux is that parrot OS is considered lightweight. This means that it requires much less disk space and processing power to run effectively.

Do hackers still use Kali Linux? ›

Kali Linux is not only a free, convenient, and highly secure Linux OS but also includes over 600 tools for information security. Hackers commonly use Kali Linux because it has security analysis, security auditing, and penetration testing.

What is the difference between Kali Linux installer and live? ›

Kali linux live: you'll be running kali linux through your pen drive or something. Kali linux installer : you'll be running kali linux through your internal hhd or sdd. Advantage of kali linux live is that you'll be running os on usb where you can carry the usb pen drive any where you want.

Is 20 GB enough for Kali Linux? ›

System Requirements

On the higher end, if you opt to install the default Xfce4 desktop and the kali-linux-default metapackage, you should really aim for at least 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of disk space.

How run Kali Linux smoothly? ›

For desktop users I recommend changing swappiness to a value of 10. For most servers I suggest setting it to a value of 25. If you have 4, 8, or more GB of ram, consider setting your swappiness to 1. Save your file and exit.

Which Linux OS is most stable? ›

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

One of the best Linux distros available, RHEL is a powerful, stable, and secure distribution developed by Red Hat based on Fedora.

Do you need a lot of RAM for virtual machines? ›

The amount of RAM depends on what software it's expected to be running. And what data that software is expected to be working with. Many VM that solves a very specific function can work with less than 1 GB RAM. But if the VM hosts a huge database under high load, then the VM might wants 64 GB RAM or even more.

Is Linux on a VM slow? ›

VirtualBox virtual machines are slow, thanks to the default VM configuration. If you use VirtualBox to run Linux, you may notice that performance isn't great, and are looking for ways to improve it. It is possible to improve your Linux VM's performance by tweaking settings in VirtualBox.

What is the main difference between virtualization and dual boot? ›

Still, dual booting is the preferred method for tasks that require a lot of power, as it doesn't limit your hardware's performance. Virtualization means creating a virtual environment within your operating system, and it enables you to launch an additional operating system within the one you've already launched.

Which is faster VMware or VirtualBox? ›

VMware's virtual machines run faster than their VirtualBox counterparts. This difference may not be as noticeable on a smaller scale, but it would impact performance in enterprise projects. The decision comes down to what you want from your virtual machines.

What are the 4 benefits of virtual machine? ›

Benefits of Using a Virtual Machine
  • Lower hardware costs. Many organizations don't fully utilize their hardware resources. ...
  • Quicker Desktop Provisioning and Deployment. ...
  • Smaller Footprint. ...
  • Enhanced Data Security. ...
  • Portability. ...
  • Improved IT Efficiency.
9 Apr 2020

Do I need 32gb RAM for virtual machines? ›

On a production server running multiple OS instances, this would not nearly be enough for most circumstances. The minimum I would recommend here is 128GB RAM. It's not uncommon to find as more users connect, RAM requirements add up fast.

Is 2gb RAM enough for VirtualBox? ›

The minimum of 1 GB Ram is required for Virtual box to run on any device. But still if you give it 2 or more GB of Ram,It will be smoother.

Is 2 cores enough for virtual machine? ›

Microsoft recommends using one core per virtual machine. Depending on the application running, we have experienced the need to run up to two cores per virtual machine (e.g. in the case of remote desktop services for a SQL-based ERP system).

Why dual boot is not recommended? ›

Dual Boot Can Cause an Accidental Overwriting of Data/OS

After all, overwriting your existing data---or even the primary operating system---is going to lead to problems. Sure, you can use recovery tools, but the chances of recovering all your data are slim.

Is 8gb RAM enough for dual boot? ›

Well 8 GB RAM is more than enough to dual boot an OS! Dual-booting doesn't depend on the RAM of the system! Only one OS can run at a time and it uses the RAM while it is working! RAM doesn't affect if you can dual boot or not but RAM is very useful for proper and fast working of that OS!

Is 2GB RAM enough for dual boot? ›

With dual-booting, the two OS's are not running at the same time, so RAM is not a factor, as long as you have enough to run one OS at a time. Ubuntu and Windows 10 need 2GB, so you're good to go.

Is it worth it to dual boot Linux? ›

Better Performance Than a Virtual Machine

This means dual-booting provides more access to hardware components and, in general, is faster than utilizing a VM. Virtual machines are typically more system-intensive, so running Linux or Windows inside a VM requires pretty beefy specs for decent performance.

Is dual boot security risk? ›

Therefore, you are open to a double risk of virus and malware attacks with dual booting operating systems. Remedy: Use a good antivirus program while using the Windows OS. For example, you can use Microsoft/Windows Defender program, a built-in security system for Windows.

Should I dual boot or use virtual machine Reddit? ›

If you want to live in Linux and don't need to use Windows on a regular basis, dual boot. If you are just using Linux for its programming tools, VM (or you could mess with WSL or MinGW).

What OS do real hackers use? ›

Although it is true that most hackers prefer Linux operating systems, many advanced attacks occur in Microsoft Windows in plain sight. Linux is an easy target for hackers because it is an open-source system. This means that millions of lines of code can viewed publicly and can easily be modified.

What OS do hackers use the most? ›

1. Kali Linux. It is the most widely used ethical hacking OS. It is a Debian-based Linux - based operating system developed for penetration testing and digital forensics.

What replaced Kali Linux? ›

There are more than 10 alternatives to Kali Linux for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and Electrum. The best alternative is Parrot Security OS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Kali Linux are Tails, BlackArch, Cyborg Linux and BackBox Linux.

Why you should not use Kali Linux? ›

The fact of the matter is, however, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testers and security specialists, and given its unique nature, it is NOT a recommended distribution if you're unfamiliar with Linux or are looking for a general-purpose Linux desktop distribution ...

Can you be tracked using Kali Linux? ›

But as we mentioned above, using Kali Linux is very risky and should be done very carefully, and if you get hacked, you will lose all your data and it may get exposed to a wider audience. Your personal information can also be used to track you if you are doing non-legal stuff.

Can Kali Linux damage your computer? ›

Ideally, no, Linux (or any other software) should not be able to physically harm hardware. Not having drivers might mean that you can't use certain pieces of hardware, but you certainly shouldn't be able to damage them, either.

Which is faster Ubuntu or Kali? ›

Kali Linux uses the XFCE desktop environment by default, whereas Ubuntu uses the Gnome environment. XFCE is a relatively stable, more configurable, fast, and easy-to-use environment than Gnome. This is one major reason why Kali Linux is a bit faster than Ubuntu.

Is Kali safer than Ubuntu? ›

Ubuntu doesn't comes packed with hacking and penetration testing tools. Kali comes packed with hacking and penetration testing tools. 7. Comes with a less user friendly Interface as compared to ubuntu.

Should I use Kali Linux as main OS? ›

No. It's a special purpose professional tool, and if you don't already know what you are doing it's bad for your own security. Learn Linux with something else. Kali is deliberately misconfigured by default.

What is the advantage of using live boot? ›

Benefits. In contrast to live CDs, the data contained on the booting device can be changed and additional data stored on the same device. A user can carry their preferred operating system, applications, configuration, and personal files with them, making it easy to share a single system between multiple users.

Can I install Kali from live boot? ›

Plug the USB installer into the computer you are installing Kali on. When booting the computer, repeatedly press the trigger key to enter the boot option menu (usually F12), and select the USB drive. You will then see the Unetbootin bootloader menu. Select the Live Boot option for Kali Linux.

What is Kali live boot? ›

It's non-destructive - it makes no changes to the host system's hard drive or installed OS, and to go back to normal operations, you simply remove the Kali Live USB drive and restart the system. It's portable - you can carry Kali Linux in your pocket and have it running in minutes on an available system.

Can I use Kali Linux for daily use? ›

You can use Kali Linux as an daily driver if you require all the tools, As kali comes with most preloaded tools for pentesting it becomes more resource hungry. And many of the tools which will not be required daily will be left idle.

Is 256GB enough for Linux? ›

All of your apps and standard data will fit on a 256GB SSD. For listening to music, making documentation, or using an application like photo or video editing a 256GB SSD will be enough. However, if you want to do more demanding gaming, video editing, or photo editing, this storage space will be insufficient.

Is Parrot better than Kali? ›

We see that ParrotOS definitely wins against Kali Linux when it comes to hardware requirements due to its lightweight nature. Not only does it require lesser RAM to function properly, but the full installation is also pretty lightweight; thanks to the use of the Matte-Desktop-Environment by the developers.

Why is Kali Linux so laggy? ›

If you are running it natively, and it is slow, it is a lack of adequate hardware that is the issue. If you don't have an SSD for storage, upgrading can make it faster. If you have a fairly new machine with 8 GB or more RAM, it should be blazingly fast.

Is 8GB USB enough for Kali Linux? ›

the USB drive has a capacity of at least 8GB. The Kali Linux image takes just over 3GB and a new partition of about 4.5GB is required to store persistent data. a separate Linux system is running, it cannot be a Kali Live USB drive.

Is it a good idea to dual boot Kali Linux? ›

It's purely based on your requirements. If you want to learn about kali linux or want to create environment for penetration testing then it is better to have kali linux in a VirtualBox . I wouldn't recommend to dual boot for a new user of kali linux, you will surely find hard if you just started to learn kali linux .

Is Kali Linux good for dual boot? ›

Installing Kali Linux next to a Windows installation has its benefits. However, you need to exercise caution during the setup process. First, make sure that you've backed up any important data on your Windows installation.

Is it safe to dual boot Kali Linux? ›

Let's get this out of the way first: dual booting, if done right, is safe. Your computer won't self-destruct, the CPU won't melt, and the DVD drive won't start flinging discs across the room. However, it does have one key shortcoming: your disk space will be markedly reduced.

Is it better to dual boot Linux? ›

When running an operating system natively on a machine, as opposed to a virtual machine, the OS has full access to the host machine. This means dual-booting provides more access to hardware components and, in general, is faster than utilizing a VM.

Do most hackers use Kali Linux? ›

Kali Linux is not only a free, convenient, and highly secure Linux OS but also includes over 600 tools for information security. Hackers commonly use Kali Linux because it has security analysis, security auditing, and penetration testing.

Is 30 GB enough for Kali Linux? ›

It certainly wouldn't hurt to have more. The Kali Linux installation guide says it requires 10 GB. If you install every Kali Linux package, it would take an extra 15 GB. It looks like 25 GB is a reasonable amount for the system, plus a bit for personal files, so you might go for 30 or 40 GB.

Does dual boot slow down PC? ›

For the most part, no, installing multiple operating systems will not slow down the computer, unless you are using virtualization to run two or more at the same time. However, there is one thing that will slow down when using a standard hard disk. File access to operating system files.

Does dual booting reduce RAM? ›

No, dual-booting will not split RAM. However, if you're running Kali with a virtual machine (i.e. VMWare) then you have to allocate RAM for the virtual OS.

What are the risks of dual-booting? ›

  • Is it safe to go for Dual Booting Operating Systems?
  • Risk 1: Shortage of storage space.
  • Risk 2: Inability to access data due to locked partition.
  • Risk 3: Accidental overwriting of saved data or existing OS.
  • Risk 4: Threat of Viruses and Malware.
  • Risk 5: Hardware issues due to driver bugs.
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Should I dual boot Linux on SSD or HDD? ›

Install Linux completely on the SSD. You'll get full advantage of SSD speed, but then you will have only a limited disk space. This could work if you have 180 GB or 200 GB or more on SSD but won't work with 120 GB SSD. Install Linux completely on the HDD.

Should I install Windows or Linux first for dual boot? ›

Always install Windows first

When you install it, it overwrites your boot sequence and your computer then boots straight into Windows. Linux Mint (and most Linux distributions) detects other operating systems and builds a menu from which you can choose which system to boot.


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