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I'm trying to install windows on another computer. I have Ubuntu 13.10 on my computer. I downloaded the iso and have it on my computer ( which has Ubuntu 13.10). The file is named w8.iso . I've tried using the Startup Disk Creator, but the iso doesn’t show up in the select box (even after i click other . . . it does nothing). I would appreciate any help. My usb stick is in slot sdd, and my iso (named w8.iso) is in my downloads folder.

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try winusb.see this askubuntu.com/questions/289559/… –  Avinash Raj Dec 10 '13 at 14:14
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I still had problems trying to use dd with terminal. Using this code actually worked.

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

which i got from this post How to create a Windows 8 bootable USB stick with Ubuntu?

Greatly appreciate all the help guys

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You need dd or at least that's the only way I've found to create it without problems.

  1. backup anything you have on the drive.
  2. Unmount the drive. Lets presume your drive is called /dev/sdb and is mounted in /media/USB, so any of this works:

    sudo umount /dev/sdb1
    sudo umount /media/USB
  3. Now is the time to use dd. Do you remember what was your drive right? /dev/sdb. So, you should also know where is your iso file too. Lets say /path/to/iso/win8.iso. Now fire up:

    sudo dd  if=/path/to/iso/win8.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M
    
  4. Lets sync;

    sudo sync
    
  5. Remove the drive, reboot and select the usb as booting. Done.

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what exactly is /path/to/iso/ ? –  user223924 Dec 10 '13 at 16:47
    
if my iso is on my desktop would it look like this sudo dd if=/desktop/win8.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M –  user223924 Dec 10 '13 at 16:48
    
@user223924 no, it should be /home/youruser/Desktop/win8.iso and the /dev/sdb is AN EXAMPLE. You should verify the correct value. –  Braiam Dec 10 '13 at 16:50
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Startup Disk Creator will not work for a Windows .iso.

Follow these instructions (under Using the Terminal): http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744

I haven't tried this for a Windows .iso, but it always works for my Linux USBs. I don't see any reason why the dd command would not work for this.

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