Why can't I just use isohybrid and then dd the Windows 10 ISO to a USB stick and boot it, and call it a day?

What is so special about this ISO?

Most posts refer to either using a Windows machine to create the bootable USB device, or try using Unetbootin. But even using Unetbootin, requires a very ugly solution of modifying the file system manually while the tool is running, setting the bootable flag manually, etc.


Is this for real? Why is it so hard to make a bootable Windows USB stick?

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    Good question. I'd posit its because the media layout for metadata between optical disks and USB disks is different. if the iso contained a USB-compatible image, then dd would work fine, but since the image is formatted for optical layout, it won't work without a translation/relocation of the media and image metadata. – Frank Thomas Jul 1 '20 at 2:25
  • This guide attempts to create a Windows 10 ISO in Ubuntu. – singalongconflict Jul 1 '20 at 2:25

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