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>