A lot of us may need to install Windows side by side with Linux for many tasks, such as Office, games, or some other programs and tools that do not work on Linux distributions. One of the issues that could rise however is that many widely-used burning tools on Linux do not supporting burning Windows images; After booting from USB, you’ll discover that it won’t boot.

That’s why you need a special program that’s capable of burning Windows images (Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10) on Linux into USB sticks. You may also need it to be capable of supporting native UEFI boot type.

For this, WoeUSB comes into rescue! It’s a very nice and simple GUI tool to burn Windows images on USB from Linux distributions. It’s also fully open source program, and released under the GPL license. You may check its page on GitHub.

Installing WoeUSB

You can install it on Ubuntu or its derivatives via the following command lines (which is from the WebUpd8 PPA, a 3rd-party):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install woeusb

On Fedora, the program is available in the official repositories:

sudo dnf install woeusb

And the same is true for openSUSE:

sudo zypper in woeusb

Burning Windows on USB from Linux

After installing the program, launch it from the applications menu to open it up:

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WoeUSB Program to burn Windows Images to USB on Linux

Now, insert your USB flash drive into the computer, and click on the “Refresh” button in order to see it. Be warned that WoeUSB will destroy all the data on the USB stick and create a totally different partition table on it, so make sure you bring an empty USB.

Then select the Windows ISO you have on your hard disk, and also select the USB stick you want, and hit “Install”:

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WoeUSB Ready to Install Windows on USB from Linux

When it’s finished, you can restart the computer and boot from the USB!


The process as you can see is quite simple and doesn’t take a lot of time. Depending on the size of the Windows ISO you’ve got, and depending on the USB stick speed, it may take around 5-15 minutes to finish the burning process. I have been using WoeUSB for many months, and it never failed me in burning any Windows image on USB, regardless of it was a Windows 7, 8 or 10.

Our of curiosity, I would like to know how many of you are dual booting both Linux and Windows right now on their computers? You may share us your situation in the comments below.

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I’ve seen this before but never took the time to give it a try. I guess I just don’t have much use for windows, but it’s good to know this is around if I need it. It also good to know WebUpd8 PPA is still being updated. It’s been close to 2 year since they last updated the website. I sure miss it.

M.Hanny Sabbagh

WebUpd8 PPA has some autobuilds working, so the new updated versions aren’t actually manually built by them, instead, it’s automatically built whenever there’s a new update. Good PPA though.


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