Currently my OS is Ubuntu 13.10. I want to make a bootable USB with Windows 8 in it. I have the setup file of Windows 8 in my system, but it is not an ISO file. It is the extracted form of the ISO file. Is it possible to combine the setup files of the Windows 8 into an ISO image file ? If possible, how ?
Creating the image
You need to create a bootable ISO. You'll probably have to select a boot file (for Windows 7 and likely 8, this is etfsboot.com). I used k3b to do this, but other programs support it and, in fact, I figured out how to do this largely thanks to a guide for a piece of Windows software. Here's what worked for me:
Formatting the flash drive
You'll need a flash drive with the first partition formatted to NTFS and large enough to contain the Windows disc (4GiB was more than sufficient even for my universal 32/64 bit Windows 7 installer and should be good for Windows 8 as well). I used GParted. Here's what worked for me:
Creating a bootable flash drive
You could actually do this in a few ways, but I used unetbootin (probably the easiest and most user friendly on Linux). Note that you will need to use an older version as recent ones have dropped support for NTFS formatted flash drives (build 494 should work). Here's what worked for me:
You can create it using the WinUSB tool.
Run these commands in Terminal to install the tool.
You can access it from the command line with
You can make your USB Drive bootable with Windows 8 in it without using any additional software.
All of you have to do is:
Once the copying is finished, issue following commands in your preferred terminal:
The last command will create an entry for Windows 8 with the name Windows Recovery Environment in your Grub menu. You can now restart your system, boot into Grub menu and select the corresponding option to boot into Windows 8 installation.
Note : You can also easily remove this new Grub entry by running the same command with USB Drive unplugged.