How to create a bootable usb with Windows 10 on Gnu / Linux

Linux Bootable USB Pendrive

It is becoming more and more common to perform clean installations of Windows 10 on computers that have Windows or that your Windows has problems and works well. It is also common to create teams with dualboot to have Gnu / Linux in case of emergency and Windows 10.

There are many tools to create a bootable usb, but not all of them are compatible with Windows 10, that is, we cannot create a bootable usb with Windows 10 with many of these tools. But it's not impossible.

For, create a bootable usb with Windows 10 we will need an ISO image of Windows 10, the WoeUSB tool and a USB of at least 6 Gb of space to record the Windows 10 image.

Woeusb installation

WoeUSB is a tool that is based on WinUSB, but the latter is abandoned. If we have a distribution based on Ubuntu we can install it like this:

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

If we have another distribution we have to go to the repository Woeusb Github and follow their build and install guide for our distribution.

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Once we have it installed, we have to format the usb or pendrive. The format of the pendrive must be in format "Compatible with NTFS file system". Once we have this done, we run the Woeusb application and follow its wizard to create a bootable usb with Windows 10. In essence, We have to select the Windows 10 ISO image and the destination drive where we will record that ISO image, in this case it will be the pendrive with the NTFS format.

In this case, the tool does recognize the Windows format and will create a bootable USB with Windows 10 that It will allow us to install Windows 10 on any computer compatible with the Microsoft operating system. This tool will also help us to create a dualboot team or directly create virtual machines with the bootable usb created.


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  1.   Homosexuality is Disease said

    People of Linux Addicts, as advice I tell you not to let this Joaquín García write on the page. With his stupid things, he makes the site lose readers and credibility.
    I am not a troll. Take my comment into account.
    Best regards

  2.   Paul said

    Interesting. Winusb is unattended, although I have tried a lot of times, it has not worked for me. I see it useful for appx or new progressives in virtual machines. I always complement Linux, we like it more or less, it has its limitations.

  3.   Chuy said

    Good entry but after all the problems of Windows 10 and that Microsoft has neglected its operation since Windows 8 they have improved in appearance but they have kicked in its correct operation as a 100% disk and half of the ram recognized in your system. 64 thanks I will not return but I see a bigger problem here I will stay here in Linux Mint is more I think about buying new computers without operating system I left Windows 10 because I needed it

  4.   fernan said

    Hi all:
    One question, isn't the general method of the dd command for this? I say this because, if it does not work, the author should have indicated it and if it works, the dd command should have explained it of course, warning that a misuse of dd will erase the partition you do not want.
    Greetings.

  5.   Nicholas said

    One question: Can an SD card pass itself off as a USB memory and make WoeUSB recognize it as such? I have chosen an SD card that I inserted in the SD card slot but when doing the procedure I get error 256. The SD card is formatted with NTFS file system but it still does not work. Any solution? Is it possible?

  6.   Gerardo said

    In my experience the SD cards do boot as long as the BIOS allows it, for example in a Dell Vostro without problem but I have some HP that only do for UEFI and in other brands such as Lenovo thinkpad does not have the option

  7.   Carlos said

    Joaquín, hello, this tremendous application or program helped me a lot, maybe too much. The other comments are nothing new, I hope you read mine just to thank such a great application that I searched for all the modes and in how many web pages that say "solved" or "solved", I executed the steps in question and ... nothing. Thank you again.

  8.   Marlon cg said

    Well, this woeusb did not work for me, it always gave me the error, when I entered the command sudo apt-get install woeusb… .. all good, but then I got the error that says like this:

    The woeusb package could not be located

  9.   Marcelo said

    It does not work on ubuntu 20.04. There is a broken dependency ...

    1.    Victor said

      finally someone says it

      1.    Vincent A. said

        It has worked for me.

  10.   Prg said

    Hi thanks. In manjaro linux it has worked perfectly (woeusb is in AUR)

  11.   ricks said

    it does not work

  12.   Vincent Faith said

    For those who have trouble installing the program due to a broken dependency, download the missing .deb file from this page and choose any mirror https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/amd64/libwxgtk3.0-0v5/download Then follow the steps in this tutorial from the beginning.

  13.   Jorge Salazar said

    Hello, someone shared with me how to install this app for centos 8, and if it doesn't work for this distro, some alternative thanks.

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