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I've got Windows in an ISO image and want to put it on a USB stick so I can then install window. I want to do this from Linux.

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Do you have a question? Questions usually include a question mark! – Lee Taylor Mar 28 '13 at 1:44
which windows ? If it's xp , it would be a problem. – Ashildr Dec 10 '13 at 13:20

Use WinUSB:

WinUSB is a simple tool that enable you to create your own usb stick windows installer from an iso image or a real DVD.

This package contains two programs:

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

Supported images: Windows Vista, Seven, 8 installer for any language and any version (home, pro...) and Windows PE.


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Use UNetbootin. It works with Windows bootable ISO, too.

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  1. Open the ISO file with your program of choice, I prefer 7Zip.
  2. Make the primary partition on the thumb drive ACTIVE
  3. Copy all of the files present in the ISO onto the USB stick
  4. Boot from the USB
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WinUSB is a tool for creating a bootable USB flash drive used for installing Windows. The WinUSB GUI is much easier to use than the WinUSB command line tool.

To install WinUSB in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distros, open the terminal and type:

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