How to install and use WinUSB in Ubuntu

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WinUSB is a simple tool that enables you to create your own usb stick windows installer from an iso image or a real DVD. This package contains two programs:

WinUSB on Ubuntu 14.04
WinUSB on Ubuntu 14.04

WinUSB-gui: a graphical interface which is very easy to use
winusb: the command line tool

Currently there is no version for Ubuntu 14.04 in Ubuntu Repository. To successfully install Winusb on Ubuntu 14.04, you need to install the Saucy version and run the dependencies fix switch to fix the dependencies.

To make a bootable usb of Windows 10 Technical Preview from CMD see our tutorial on How to make a bootable Windows 10 Technical Preview USB drive.

After going through this tutorial on “How to install and use WinUSB in Ubuntu”, you’ll be able to create a bootable Windows USB Stick on Ubuntu using WinUSB, this tool basically is a alternative tool for UNetBootin in creating Bootable USB Drives.

Install WinUSB on Ubuntu from source

– Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal, download the deb files

32bit

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

64bit

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

– Install Winusb

sudo dpkg -i winusb_1.0.11+saucy1*

– Fix dependencies errors

sudo apt-get -f install

Install WinUSB on Ubuntu from PPA

If to Create a bootable Windows USB from Ubuntu through WinUSB software on Ubuntu 13.10,13.04,12.10,12.04, run the below commands on terminal to install WinUSB from a PPA,

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

If you are using Ubuntu 14.04 and wondering how to create a bootable Windows USB from Ubuntu through WinUSB software on Ubuntu 14.04, run the below commands on terminal to install WinUSB from PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight
sudo sh -c "sed -i 's/trusty/saucy/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/colingille-freshlight-trusty.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install winusb
Using WinUSB on Ubuntu to make a bootable Windows USB
Using WinUSB on Ubuntu to make a bootable Windows USB

Using WinUSB to make bootable USB Stick

WinUSB comes with a simple GUI with minimal options to go with, here is how to use WinUSB to make bootable Windows USB from Ubuntu. You can use any Windows ISO may be for XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or any other.

  1. Insert Flash Drive & Get your Windows ISO (I used Windows 10 Technical Preview) or insert the Windows CD/DVD
  2. Start WinUSB and, nothing else really needs to be explained.
  3. Select your Source, either ISO or CD Drive
  4. Pick your Target (USB) Device. If it doesn’t appear, hit refresh and make sure it’s mounted.
  5. Click on “Install” and enter your Password (required to mount devices and write directly to drives)

 

When you boot your computer now with the USB inserted, enter Boot Options or Select Boot Device, or you could change the order your computer boots and place your USB Device before your main harddrive. Just to note, not all computers support USB Boot devices, but nearly every computer after the year 2005 do support it.

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  1. Ben Leverett says

    It’s not working, I even tried a run as root command. I got an error message: “Installaation failed ! Exit Code: 512 Log: “.

  2. Tommy says

    Nope, this doesn’t work for me 🙁

    sudo winusb –install /dev/sr0 /dev/sdc
    Mounting…
    mount: blockenhet /dev/sr0 är skrivskyddad, monterar som endast läsbar
    umount: /dev/sdc: inte monterad
    Error occured !
    Syncing…
    Cleaning…
    Umounting and removing ‘/media/winusb_iso_1415197376_9725’…
    Umounting and removing ‘/media/winusb_target_1415197376_9725’…
    umount: /media/winusb_target_1415197376_9725 hittades inte

  3. Shirley Lockhood says

    Thanks I was searching for this one!

  4. noico says

    how to start winusb …. in terminal “winusb” as root – I got only command line …. and you say “run winusb – nothing more have to be explained” :/

    1. luzza says

      By run WinUSB, i meant to run WinUSB from Dashboard

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  6. Alec says

    I got an error message: “Installation failed ! Exit Code: 256 Log: “.

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  8. levikmax says

    It’s doesn’t work. My usb stick is not bootable after. Very bad app. Don’t use it sh*t!

    1. PePa says

      Didn’t boot for me…

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