How to create Windows installer USB drive in Ubuntu, using Windows DVD or ISO image

You can install Windows OS using the created Windows USB drive

create windows usb drive

With ever dropping prices of USB flash drives, it makes sense to use an USB drive to create a installer drive from an ISO image or installer DVD. The advantages are the small form factor and ability to rewrite an updated installer any number of times. In this article, I will show you how to create Windows OS installer USB drive from an ISO image downloaded from official Microsoft servers or from an existing Windows DVD.

Installing WoeUSB in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

WoeUSB is a simple utility that can create your own USB flash drive Windows installer from an ISO image or Windows DVD. The utility is a fork of Congelli501’s WinUSB, which was last maintained way back in 2012.

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’ and enter the following command to add PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Step 2) Update the sources in your computer using this command:

sudo apt update

Step 3) Finally, install WoeUSB. Pay attention to the Terminal. You must enter root password and ‘Y’ when prompted.

sudo apt install woeusb

That’s it!

Creating Windows USB Flash Drive

After WoeUSB installation is complete, go ahead and launch it. You got two options to input the Windows installer. You can either insert the retail copy of Windows DVD or browser and select and Windows ISO image file.

Typically, Microsoft provides free downloadable ISO images of their popular operating systems.

Download Windows 10 disc image (ISO) Download Windows 8.1 disc image (ISO)

WoeUSB is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Window 8.x, and Windows 10. All languages and all editions and Windows PE are also supported.

In my case, I have downloaded Windows 10 ISO and used it as source in WoeUSB. Insert a blank USB flash drive of at least 6 GB and click ‘Refresh’ button for WoeUSB to recognize the USB flash drive as target device. Finally, click ‘Install’.

WoeUSB User Interface
WoeUSB User Interface

That’s it! You can now use the USB flash drive to install Windows.

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