I need to reinstall Windows 8 on my machine where I've installed ubuntu 15.04. I have no DVD drive and need to run it from a USB stick. Windows supports this but I cannot run the .exe windows file that creates the usb stick for rebooting from the USB. Hope someone have an idea on how to solve this.

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  • the site from where i can create the usb stick www.windows.microsoft.com/da-dk/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only – Jan Boldt Dec 12 '15 at 9:53
  • What Windows 8 iso do you need ? – Neil Dec 12 '15 at 10:17
  • Hi Neil, not sure if i've understood your question right, but im trying to reinstall win8 from a usb stick and trying to create the stick using the program (Windows8-setup.exe) provided by MS from their webpage also shown above – Jan Boldt Dec 12 '15 at 10:27
  • Windows 8 pro/home/starter/ is it OEM ? – Neil Dec 12 '15 at 10:29
  • If you can't download the EXE file to download the ISO, download the ISO straight instead. Windows 8 cracked ISO torrents aren't illegal as long as you still purchase the key and not the cracked one. WinUSB is Ubuntu-supported so grab them on Google too. – dat tutbrus Dec 12 '15 at 10:30

You can use dd if=/path/to/iso of=/dev/sdX bs=16M Sorry to see you go.

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  • Hi Wilhelm, Thank you for your reply. I'll be back and run it as dual boot. The problem is i'm complete novice to ubuntu and do not completely understand your help – Jan Boldt Dec 12 '15 at 9:56
  • Cool :) It's a pleasure. – Wilhelm Erasmus Dec 12 '15 at 9:56
  • Do you have the .iso file for windows? – Wilhelm Erasmus Dec 12 '15 at 9:57
  • no, i need to run a downloaded file that will create the usb stick so i can boot from the win8 startup usb stick. Its a windows8-setup.exe file and i cannot run that on my ubuntu – Jan Boldt Dec 12 '15 at 10:04
  • Have you tried WINE? – Wilhelm Erasmus Dec 12 '15 at 10:24

You could download a trial version of windows .iso and run it in a VM (Virtual Machine like Virtual Box). Then do what you need to do in the VM, if your PC will support a VM.

Windows 7 .iso download link: HERE

Windows 10 .iso download link: HERE

Virtual Box (VM): HERE

Instruction how to install Win 7 in a VM: HERE

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