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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.

https://askubuntu.com/questions/162174/how-do-i-use-unetbootin-to-make-a-bootable-windows-usb-installer

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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