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WinUSB: Create Bootable Windows Installer USB In Ubuntu Linux

WinUSB is an Ubuntu application for creating a Windows USB installer for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Like other applications that enable creating installer USBs, you can create a bootable (installation) USB from an ISO disc image or a DVD. While other tools like Unetbootin can perform similar tasks, however, WinUSB is much simpler than other competitors, and delivers a two-click solution for creating a Windows installer USB. This may be a blessing for users who may require creating a USB installer for Windows for dual booting it with Ubuntu or other Linux distributions. Similarly, you might require installing Windows on another system, but do not have Windows installed on a computer to utilize tools such as the Windows 7 USB DVD Tool.

To create your bootable installer disc, select an ISO image or CD/DVD disc, and click Install.


This will create your Windows Vista/7 installer USB. It is worth mentioning here that the tool might also work with Windows 8; however, it has not been tested. Having said that, the developer has mentioned that the supported images include, “Windows Vista, Seven+.” You can install WinUSB either from the Deb package given at the developer’s website (for Oneiric, Natty, Maverick and Lucid), or from the PPA given below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install winusb

Since WinUSB also works from the command line, you can create a Windows 7 or Windows Vista USB installer by following the command line format given below:

sudo winusb --format <iso path> <device>

Once the USB is formatted using the above method, install a Windows partition and edit the Master Boot Record:

sudo winusb --install <iso path> <partition>
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  1. Could someone please help with this?

    Installation failed !
    Exit code: 512
    Formating device…
    mount: block device /home/ramone/Documents/Software/Windows_8.1.iso is write-protected, mounting read-only
    mount: you must specify the filesystem type
    Error occured !
    /usr/bin/winusb: line 78: 4816 Terminated while true; do
    sleep 0.05; echo ‘pulse’;
    /usr/bin/winusb: line 78: 5009 Terminated while true; do
    sleep 0.05; echo ‘pulse’;
    Umounting and removing ‘/media/winusb_iso_1430570709_4805’…
    umount: /media/winusb_iso_1430570709_4805: not mounted
    Umounting and removing ‘/media/winusb_target_1430570709_4805’…
    umount: /media/winusb_target_1430570709_4805: not found

  2. “sudo apt-get install winusb
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package winusb”


    • Did you exit it out don’t do that you have to let the whole thing install

  3. I cant install it, after the winusb finishes, when i boot the device all i get is a black screen… please help me! thanks!

  4. martin@martin-F5Z:~$ sudo apt-get install winusb

    Läser paketlistor… Färdig

    Bygger beroendeträd

    Läser tillståndsinformation… Färdig

    E: Kunde inte hitta paketet winusb


    • How can a software fry a usb drive? Sounds like a hardware failure.

  5. Hi, I’ve installed it as specified but now cannot find a way to run it? It does not appear on my system. How do I run WinUSB on Ubuntu 11.10?

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