I recently installed Ubuntu 15.10 on my old computer. I'm now trying to create a windows usb stick to install on a new computer I'm building. When I add the repository

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight

and I try to update, I get the following errors:

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/colingille/freshlight/ubuntu/dists/wily/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found                         

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/colingille/freshlight/ubuntu/dists/wily/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Then when I try:

   sudo apt-get install winusb

I get:

   E: Unable to locate package winusb

Can anyone help me find a solution?

  • 1
    The 404 "error" seems to suggest there are no package candidates on that repository for ubuntu willy. – xangua Apr 8 '16 at 4:18
  • I think you can follow the guide on WinUSB's GitHubclick here. That is really helpful! – Masimov Jan 10 '17 at 12:35

To install in Ubuntu (16.04, 15.10, 15.04 and 14.04) or Linux Mint (17.x or 18) and derivatives. To add the PPA and install WinUSB, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt update

apt install winusb

  • Silly question but How to run it? winusb command not found. – LRDPRDX Jul 23 '18 at 7:14
  • @LRDPRDX, have You installed it? :) Look for it in Programs Menu. – Aleksey Kontsevich Jul 23 '18 at 12:46
  • Of course I've installed it (using apt-get manager). I am using i3 wm. It's seems that command to run is woeusb. – LRDPRDX Jul 23 '18 at 23:10

The Winusb package is not available from this PPA for Wily but there is a technique that worked well on my system to install it using the Saucy package. I have tested this under Trusty but it should also work under Wily:

Firstly download either 64bit or 32bit package from the PPA:


wget https://launchpad.net/~colingille/+archive/freshlight/+files/winusb_1.0.11+saucy1_amd64.deb


wget https://launchpad.net/~colingille/+archive/freshlight/+files/winusb_1.0.11+saucy1_i386.deb

Then install the file:

sudo dpkg -i winusb_1.0.11+saucy1*

You will see errors such as the following:

andrew@corinth:~$ sudo dpkg -i winusb_1.0.11+saucy1*
(Reading database ... 197467 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack winusb_1.0.11+saucy1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking winusb (1.0.11+saucy1) over (1.0.11+saucy1) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of winusb:
 winusb depends on libwxbase2.8-0 (>=; however:
  Package libwxbase2.8-0 is not installed.
 winusb depends on libwxgtk2.8-0 (>=; however:
  Package libwxgtk2.8-0 is not installed.
 winusb depends on gksu; however:
  Package gksu is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package winusb (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for man-db ( ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.1+14.04.20140409-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1.1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:

Fix the errors:

sudo apt-get -f install

It is a very clumsy method (and certainly will not work for all deb packages!) but has certainly worked on my Trusty system and should also work on Wily:

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There is a fork of winusb which works great in my Ubuntu Mate 18.04

It is WoeUSB

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install woeusb

You will find the launcher icon in the menu (or search in the menu).


WinUSB won't work properly on Ubuntu 18.04.

Use woeUSB instead:

sudo apt-get install woeusb

Just restart the system after installation

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