I have no problem with making Linux Live USBs, but how do I make an installation USB for Windows in GNU/Linux?

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WinUSB can do that. It is a bit buggy but it gets the job done.

UNetBootin used to be able to do it too, but I'm not sure if it still works.

If both these options don't work, you could install a Windows virtual machine and create the ISO from there. Microsoft profides free Windows VM ISO's for 90 days.

  • WinUSB is too old, it doesn't support Windows 10, it seems that virtual machine is my only choice.
    – JulianLai
    Nov 16, 2015 at 12:29

To create windows live usb, you can use WinUSB. But WinUSB is a third-party software, we need to add PPA to install.

Before that recommended reading: How can I identify a PPA is safe or not.

Also UNetBootin really can't be used to create Windows bootable usb sticks, always errors.

You can also create live usb using gnome-disk-utility

Install from Software center (search disks),

Or from terminal command: sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility


  • Open disks--> select respective usb,

    Now click on More actions (double wheel shape) -->select Restore Disk Image --> navigate to .iso folder --> select .iso --> Start restoring


  • Both of them failed.
    – JulianLai
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:10
  • thanks, waiting for reply. "both" means? disks and winUSB? @JulianLai
    – Ravan
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:12
  • @JulianLai are you comfortable with CLI?
    – Ravan
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:15
  • Yes, both of Gnome-Disk-Utility and winUSB, but I have found the solution, just make the disk become GPT partition, and move the file in the iso to my USB disk.
    – JulianLai
    Nov 16, 2015 at 15:42

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