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I don't have cd burner, so I want to install W7 on my 2nd computer via an USB-Drive. I just copied the files from the iso but it won't boot. So I installed ms-sys and did a ms-sys -7 /dev/sdb but it just says "Boot error".

How can I install it the right way? Tried many different tutorials by now but none worked.

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possible duplicate of How can I create a Windows bootable USB stick with Ubuntu? – Eliah Kagan Oct 16 '14 at 3:34
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Get your USB flash drive of 4GB or more, and an ISO-image of the Windows 7-DVD.

  1. First you'll wanna format the drive. This can be done with gParted. To format NTFS you'll also need ntfs-3g.

    sudo apt-get install gparted ntfs-3g
  2. Now open gParted and format the drive to NTFS.

  3. Download Unetbootin version 494.

  4. Open Unetbootin, select DiskImage and browse for your Windows 7 ISO-image.

  5. Check "Show all drives" and select your USB drive. If you're not sure which drive it is, open gParted again and check.

  6. Click OK

Plug the USB drive into any machine and boot from it. It will start the Windows 7-installer.

Source: this tutorial.

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Devil bless you, it worked! – Paul Woitaschek Apr 15 '12 at 18:26
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Eliah Kagan Jan 7 '14 at 22:39

Use the tool WinUSB for ubuntu. Packages are available from the WinUSB website

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It wants to remove my grub, so I avoided it, but thanks anyway. – Paul Woitaschek Apr 15 '12 at 18:27
odd that, it worked fine last time I tried it. – duffydack Apr 15 '12 at 18:38
I use grub-legacy because Lenovos bad UEFI implementation. So each time I see a program changing anything with my GRUB-conf, I dont use it. – Paul Woitaschek Apr 15 '12 at 18:44

I'd like to propose an alternate solution, provided you have the ISO and a working windows installation.

  1. Download Windows Download Tool
  2. Run it under windows
  3. Select the ISO file
  4. Select USB drive
  5. Enjoy your bootable USB.
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You can easily make this using winusb package:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install winusb

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Duplicate answer – totti Feb 18 '14 at 9:29

I read everything, literally, everything about this particular issue (Install windows 7 from bootable USB on Ubuntu) well and here it starts:

  • Gparted installed ok
  • Unetbootin 494 wouldn't start (that's it, not starting (did EVERYTHING correctly, changed it's properties too))
  • Newer version does not recognize ntfs.

So I tried another option, to open windows 7 ISO with Image Mounter (Archive Mounter in my case) and it would not work. It just does nothing with double click, triple click, right click+open.

Here I am, left with overheating computer and it is really overheating badly.

I will now start trying to burn that same .iso on DVD, and if that does not work I will do everything possible in my life to prevent anyone I know to install ubuntu ever again.

WINUSB also did not work, it seemed to work at first, but after booting from USB all it did was going 10 seconds over and over again before starting, but never started.

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You can install win 7 from USB stick with multisystem – kenn Apr 1 '14 at 18:37

You can make a bootable USB without downloading any software. On a linux PC -

  1. Right click on the iso file and select open with and then click on disk image writer.

  2. Now select your usb drive and click on start restoring.

  3. Wait for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Your USB is bootable now and you can boot now.

Click here for image-1

Click here for image-2

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