Arch Linux

How to install ArchEX 64bit or 32bit to a USB stick with persistence

I've discovered a way to install ArchEX to a USB stick and enjoy persistence. I.e. all your system changes will be saved directly on the stick. This is how to do it.

1. Start up ArchEX from the live dvd.

2. Insert a USB stick of (at least) 8GB.

3. Split the USB stick with GParted. One install partition of 6GB and one SWAP partition of 2GB - see this screenshot.

4. Run the command chmod 755 /usr/bin/archinstall

5. Start up ArchEX Installer. As you can see there are 10 install steps. You shall go through 1 - 8. Skip step 9 and 10.

6. Your root partition will probably be called sdb1. Choose it during step 1. Your SWAP partition will then be called sdb2-

7. Go on and install ArchEX etc. I.e. follow step 2 - 7.

8. Now be careful when you come to step 8 (Bootloader). Choose Grub2 and Grub Install 2) Manual. Run the command
grub-install /dev/sdb - see this screenshot

9. Finally run the command exit (very important!). Grub2 will be successfully installed, even though you will see error messages.

10. Stop the loop by closing ArchEX Installer (Xterm window) and reboot your computer. Change your BIOS settings so your computer will boot up from the USB stick.

To do when you start up ArchEX from the USB stick for the first time

You will be logged in as root automatically (as when running ArchEX live from the dvd).

1. To avoid further error messages from Wicd you must run the command wicd followed by systemctl enable wicd.service and reboot your computer.

2. One of the cool things about Arch Linux is the Arch User Repository (AUR), where users can add their favourite packages to Arch. Read this instruction how to install Yaourt. When you have installed Yaourt you can install for example Spotify. Watch this screenshot when Spotify is running in ArchEX.

3. Possibly you will notice that new applications won't show up in LXDE's menu. Download and use this script ( as a fix.
A) chmod 755
B) sh

4. To set the keyboard layout in X permanently you shall add the following two lines to ~/.xinitrc (example for Sweden):
setxkbmap se &
exec startlxde

5. Possibly go on and install the Cinnamon and/or KDE Plasma Desktops.
Screenshot when Cinnamon is running in ArchEX
Screenshot when KDE is running in ArchEX

5b. Or perhaps you prefer the Xfce4 Desktop Environment - screenshot - or Enlightenment - screenshot.