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I need Windows for a few things, and while I love Ubuntu. I think I'll have to install Windows agian for a short period of time.

I got the .iso file on my desktop, and need to make it bootable from a flash drive. It's pretty easy from Windows, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it from Ubuntu.

I've searched on Google and here as well, but all I can find is how to make it from OS X, Windows.. Or how to make a bootable flash drive with Ubuntu from Ubuntu.


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I guess any bootable usb creator would do it as long as they can put an iso file on a usb flash drive. An important point, your usb flash drive should be formatted in NTFS. I know that some of the bootable usb creators do not work with NTFS, however do not have recent knowledge on ones that work with it. – infiniteRefactor Apr 9 '12 at 13:03
doesn't microsoft already sells bootable usb keys? – xangua Apr 9 '12 at 13:42
"I think I'll have to install Windows agian for a short period of time." There is another option --- use VirtualBox for a virtual windows machine. If you are not planning to play modern games it would suffice. – Yrogirg Mar 3 '13 at 9:32

Use the program: unetbootin

Install it if you don't already have it.

Click Diskimage>ISO Then navigate to ISO.

This makes a static version, like a LiveCD so it is unchangeable.

To make a version you can add to you need to make a "persistent" USB stick. Look here:

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somethimes we need to read again, he's talking about windows iso not ubuntu or any other linux iso – xangua Apr 9 '12 at 13:39
Yes I am. You should be able to make a Windows bootable wih unetbootin as well, problem is that when I did that. When I booted from USB, the only option I had was "default" - and whenever I clicked that, the screen would just refresh. – Alexander Apr 9 '12 at 13:50
@ Angel Salinas Huerta Yes you are right. Only the bit about persistence is wrong! There is a link to making a Windows 7 bootable USB stick on Ubuntu using Unetbootin here: – arochester Apr 9 '12 at 15:49
  1. Go to the terminal.

  2. Open diskpart.

  3. List disks.

    Now you can see a list of drives. You should choose your flash drive.

  4. Select disk X.

    X=the number of USB drive

  5. Wipe your flash drive.

  6. Create partition primary.

  7. Select partition 1.

  8. Confirm partition selection and write to disk.

  9. Format fs=fat32.

  10. Assign.

  11. Exit.

Now you can copy the ISO file in your USB.

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In ubuntu desktop application name startup disk can make the bootable flash disk from .iso file

find it in unity app named as start-up disk

here is the video of how to do it Bootable flash disk using Startup disk app in ubuntu

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+1 In KDE, you can find it in Settings -> Startup Disk Creator – asymptotically Aug 12 '12 at 9:15
it does not recognize Windows installation iso – Yrogirg Mar 3 '13 at 9:44

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