Linux HowTo: How can I create a Windows bootable USB stick using Ubuntu?

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I have erased the entire HDD and I’m trying to install a dual boot of both Ubuntu and Windows.

  1. First I made one bootable USB drive using an Ubuntu .iso file. I set the boot order in BIOS correctly. After restarting my machine, I correctly sees setup steps for Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu successfully.
  2. On the second step, I made another bootable USB drive using a Windows 7 .iso file. I set the boot order correctly. When I restarted my machine, I couldn’t see anything but Missing Operating System. Then Ubuntu starts to boot and load.

Can anyone help me here to solve this issue of installing Windows?

Although you don’t have Windows 7 installed yet, you can also create a bootable USB flash drive for installing Windows 7 from Ubuntu using a USB flash drive. WoeUSB is a tool for creating a bootable USB flash drive used for installing Windows. Native UEFI booting is supported for Windows 7 and later images. WoeUSB is an updated fork of the WinUSB project.

Some third-party installers feature Windows installation images (/sources/install.wim) greater than 4GB making FAT32 as target filesystem impossible. NTFS filesystem support has been added to WoeUSB 3.0.0 and later.


To install WoeUSB (GUI+CLI) in Ubuntu 14.04/16.04/17.10-20.04:

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

This will install the WoeUSB graphical interface and the WoeUSB command line tool. WoeUSB supports both UEFI and BIOS for FAT32/NTFS/ExFAT USB flash drives.

To install the WoeUSB command line tool snap package in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu open the terminal and type:

sudo snap install --edge woe-usb  
sudo snap connect woe-usb:removable-media

To launch the woe-usb snap package command line tool run the following command:


If you get a permission denied error click the Permissions button on the woe-usb screen in Ubuntu Software and toggle the permissions options from OFF to ON as shown in the below screenshot.

woe-usb Permissions

The WoeUSB GUI is easier to use than the WoeUSB command line tool. Click the radio button to the left of where it says From a disk image (iso), browse to the location of the Windows .iso file, under Target device select a USB flash drive, open Disks application and check that the Device name in Disks matches the Target device in WoeUSB (it should be something like /dev/sdX where X is a letter of the alphabet), and click the Install button to install to create a bootable Windows installation media on the USB flash drive.

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WoeUSB Issues

  1. If using rufus:

    • Make sure partition scheme is MBR (for BIOS or UEFI)
    • NTFS file sytem

Like as shown below

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  1. Probably the better to create a Windows (7) bootable disk, is using the tool from MicrosoftWindows USB/DVD Download Tool

or directly from codeplex: Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

The second option has no hassle as the setup is straightforward needing no extra configurations as with rufus.

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Before starting, let’s mention that there are two types of boot
methods. There is the MBR code type where the bootable executable is
stored in a reserved section at the beginning of the storage device.
And there is the EFI type, where the boot loader executable file is
stored at a standard path in an FAT32 filesystem.

You must decide in advance what you will use. There are some variables
for each boot type. If you have no idea what to use, the most common
setup that works with unmodified Windows sources, is msdos partition
table with fat32 filesystem and flag the partition with boot
. In this
way you will get both an MBR and UEFI bootable drive.
USB Boot flags MBR/UEFI mods/gpt

  1. Format USB drive

You must re-create the partition table by going to the Device menu
then select Create Partition Table. Choose msdos (or gpt if you want
an UEFI only bootable drive) and click Apply.

  1. Copy Windows files
  2. Make it bootable

If you used NTFS filesystem and MSDOS table, only method A is
available. If you used FAT32 and MSDOS table, you can apply method A,
B or both. If you used GPT partition table, only method B should be

  • A. MBR bootable

GRUB will be used for that. Open a Terminal and run:

sudo grub-install --target=i386-pc --boot-directory="/media/<username>/<drive_label>/boot" /dev/sdX

Now, create a text file and write the following in it:


menuentry "Start Windows Installation" {
    insmod ntfs
    insmod search_label
    search --no-floppy --set=root --label <USB_drive_label> --hint hd0,msdos1
    ntldr /bootmgr

menuentry "Boot from the first hard drive" {
    insmod ntfs
    insmod chain
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod part_gpt
    set root=(hd1)
    chainloader +1

That’s it. The USB drive is now bootable from BIOS and can be used to
install Windows on your PC. The first time you boot from it in MBR
BIOS or CSM mode select Start Windows Installation.

  • B. UEFI bootable

Not all Windows versions are supported. Windows 7 on 64 bits, Windows
8 and newer versions should work.

After the copy process is finished, look in the USB root folder for
the efi/boot directory. If there’s a bootx64.efi or bootia32.efi file
there, then you’re done. You can boot from your USB in UEFI mode.

If the OS you are making a bootable USB for is Windows 7, browse the
efi/microsoft folder and copy the entire boot folder from this path
one level up in the efi folder. Merge folders if boot already exists.

Here is what to do if you don’t have the bootx64.efi file in efi/boot
folder. Browse the mounted Windows ISO image into the sources folder.
Open install.wim (or install.esd) with your archive manager (you will
need 7z installed). Go to the path ./1/Windows/Boot/EFI and extract
the file bootmgfw.efi anywhere you want. Rename it to bootx64.efi and
put it on the USB drive, in the efi/boot folder. If you can’t find
bootmgfw.efi in install.wim then you probably have a 32 bit Windows
ISO or other types of images (recovery disks, upgrade versions).

You can now boot from your USB in UEFI mode.

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