I want to know about creating a bootable USB from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS/Linux Mint 18.2(my friend PC) for Windows.

Problem: I normally write an image to USB using Disk Image Writer tool. But when I tried to write Windows 10 iso image, after copying all files to USB it cannot finish making it bootable.

I do some researches for that and some blogs were suggesting winUSB tool. But I find it complex to install and after successfully installing it exit with error.

Installation failed ! Exit code: 256

Other tools like Etcher, Gnome Multi Writer, Multibootusb have the same effect of Disk Image Writer

So, can anyone suggest anything for me?

GUI app or terminal - no problem


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    Try MKUSB: help.ubuntu.com/community/mkusb
    – user692175
    Aug 2 '17 at 23:15
  • Do you want to run Windows from USB or just install it? If run it, install Ubuntu to USB, install Vbox and run Windows as a Virtual machine. Aug 3 '17 at 17:29
  • @C.S.Cameron No. I just want to make it bootable Aug 3 '17 at 23:36
  • @MichaelBay mkusb really works at last. thanks Aug 4 '17 at 0:08

Insert your usb key in your PC and check the path of the key with the command

sudo fdisk -l

Supposing your usb key is identified with /dev/sdb (normally /dev/sda is your main drive) unmount the key with the command

sudo umount /dev/sdb

Once unmounted you are ready to flash Win iso on the key with the following command

sudo dd bs=4M if=[/path/to/your/win/image].iso of=/dev/sdb

Beware: when you launch dd command, it could take several minute with no output to end. Let it go on!

  • Thanks for the help. but same problem with these lines too. copies all files, but can't make bootable. Aug 3 '17 at 23:55

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