How to install Kali Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad X280 from USB

Here is How to Install Kali Linux On Lenovo ThinkPad X280. Please follow this step-by-step guide for a successful install of this Linux Operating system on your Laptop.

About Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution which is based on security tasks such as Penetration Testing, Computer Forensics, Security research, and Reverse Engineering. The operating system is developed and maintained by Offensive security. Furthermore, there are more than 600 penetration testing tools included in Kali Linux. Lastly, it has many advantages over other operating systems available which are discussed below,

Advantages of installing Kali Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad X280

There are many advantages of installing Kali Linux on your Lenovo ThinkPad X280 which are as follows,

  • Advanced Penetration tools available: There are more than 600+ advanced penetration tools available on Kali Linux.
  • Open-sourced: Kali Linux is an open-sourced system where all the codes can be easily seen and developed by others. The open development tree helps users to see the development at each and every step.
  • Free Tools: This the main reason why people use Kali Linux.
  • Wireless support nowhere possible: Kali Linux provides to connect as many as WiFi spots or USB ports at one time. It also makes to be compatible with numerous USB.
  • Multiple language support: Multiple language support is not possible in other operating systems where users can get the support of their local language.
  • Support for both ARMEL and ARMHF systems: ARM-based controllers like Rasberry Pi and ARMH is supported by Kali Linux.

About Lenovo ThinkPad X280

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X280 comes with 12.5-inch Display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.
  • It is powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor with 8GB of RAM and 1TB storage.
  • The battery backup in Lenovo ThinkPad X280 is of 16 hours.
  • Lastly, the laptop is powered by Windows 10 pro.

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  1. Download Kali Linux if you have not downloaded yet.
  2. Boot the ISO file from USB by following instructions below.
  3. Lastly, change the boot order to the USB drive from BIOS settings.

1. To boot from USB

Download Rufus
  1. Install Kali Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad X280
    1. After installing Rufus simply select the ISO file from the file manager and accept all settings when the popup window appears.
    2. Finally, start the process and this software will automatically format and create bootable USB flash drive.
    3. You can also create a bootable USB for Windows operating system using Rufus.

Read also – Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Boot From USB for Linux and Windows

2. Change boot-order to boot from USB in Lenovo ThinkPad X280

  • Turn off or restart your laptop
  • To enter into BIOS Press F2 -> press Enter -> press F1.
  • Now Select Security -> select Secure Boot -> set to Disable -> select Start Up -> select UEFI/Legacy Boot -> set to Legacy Only -> press F10.
  • Once you press F10reboot then press F12.
  • You should now be at the boot menu. Select PCI LAN.
  • Press Enter.
  • This should bring up a screen with the Intel Network Boot Agent. Simultaneously press Function and P (on some Lenovo ThinkPad models, this will be the same as pressing Pause|Break).
  • Press Enter.
  • This should go to failure, then go to the boot menu.


Instructions to install Kali Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad X280

  1. After booting your USB or CD drive you can turn off your computer and insert the bootable USB in your Laptop.
  2. Now turn on the PC and continue with the process of installing Kali Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad X280,
  3. You can either install Kali Linux or run it live by using your bootable USB stick. But Kali Live will not save your data so it’s better to install Kali Linux completely. In case, you don’t want to lose the windows data prefer Dual-Boot Kali Linux Windows.
  4. Let’s continue with the graphical install option provided above.
  5. After clicking on continue the image will get installed in the hard drive in your system. Next, it will be asking the hostname where you can provide any name such as Kali.
  6. Now enter the password for the root account.
  7. Set the time zone. Now the installer will provide 4 options for the Partition disks where you should choose “Guided-use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM”.
  8. Select the disk to be partitioned. Either you can keep all the files in one partition or keep all the files in different partitions. If you are not sure about how to create separate partitions then keep all the files in one partition.
  9. This is the last chance to review all the options you have selected after clicking on continuing the process installing Kali Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad X280 will start and complete.
  10. Click yes to the network mirrors option NOTE! If you select “NO” option in this screen, you will NOT be able to install packages from Kali Linux repositories.
  11. Now install GRUB Boot Loader on the hard disk.
  12. Finally, click on Continue to reboot into your new Kali Linux installation on your Lenovo ThinkPad X280.

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