How to create Windows 10 bootable usb in Ubuntu
Here we will show you how you can create Windows 10 bootable usb in Ubuntu. In this case, we will do a step by step process and create Windows 10 bootable usb in Ubuntu. There are some requirements for the process, we will use one WoeUSB software for this and of course there will be some commands in the terminal but nothing major, just for the setup and installation. All terminal commands will be provided. Rest of the process is done with the WoeUSB software.
Here are the requirements:
- WoeUSB software
- USB drive with over 4GB of capacity
- Windows 10 iso image
Let’s begin. First step is to start the terminal and we need to add a new repository. Type in the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
Here is the result. You need to get same output like from the picture. After you added the new repository, you need to update the system, so the next command you need to run is:
sudo apt update
Next step is to install the WoeUSB software. Type in the command:
sudo apt install woeusb
Formatting the USB drive
Now, insert the USB drive on your PC. USB drive needs to be formated. You can use any tool for that but in for this example, we will use the fdisk tool - a built in tool that comes by default with the Ubuntu. Just search for the fdisk when you hit the super key or open the app menu. The app has a HDD icon and it will be labeled disks in the app menu.
When you open the fdisks, select your USB drive, and then in the center of the app, there will be a cogwheel icon, click on it and select the first option - Format partition.
You will get a Format volume prompt where you need to enter the name for the USB and to select how to format the USB. For this purpos we need to format it as NTFS partition. Check the option for use with Windows(NTFS) and then click on Next in the upper right corner.
A new prompt will open with a warning that all the data will be lost on the USB. Click on the red Format button.
The format process will take a minute. The prompts will close and return you the fdisk main page. DO NOT remove the USB until the format is completed. There’s ll be format status. You can see in the picture above, there’s row called Job. You need to check that row and on it will say when the format is done.
Before proceeding with the next step, there’s one thing which is really important and it needs to be done this way, otherwise this process won’t work. After you formated the USB drive, the drive MUST NOT be mounted.
Starting WoeUSB and burning the Windows iso image to the USB
Once you made sure that drive is formated and not mounted, you can start the WoeUSB app. In first field - from a disk image, you need to select and load your Windows 10 iso image. On the bottom of the app, there’s a box that will list all your connected USB drives, in this case we only have and need to use only that one. Select your USB and click Install button.
Then the iso burning process on the USB will start. It can take a while, somewhere around 10-15 minutes. Leave it as it is and wait for it to finish.
Once the process is finished, you’ll get a prompt that the installation was successful. If you do get this prompt, that means it worked and you’ve successfully created a bootable Windows 10 USB.
Those were the steps how to create Windows 10 bootable usb in Ubuntu. The process does take couple of steps but it’s pretty straightforward and not complicated.
I hope you found the post helpful. Thank you for your time.