How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux for maximum versatility

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Did you know that you can create a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux? It might sound crazy to create a bootable USB for a different operating system, but the process isn’t that complicated. In this article, we’ll dive into the exact process of creating a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux.

Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux

The first thing we need to have, even before we get started with the mounting process, is a Windows ISO file. For that, you will need to head to the official Windows 10 downloads page to get the ISO in Linux.

Once it’s downloaded

Mounting the ISO file on your USB stick

Now that you have the ISO file with you, all you now need to do is mount the .iso Windows file on your USB disk in Linux. Before you do that, though, it’s best to format your USB stick first. Insert the USB stick into your PC. Then go to the search menu, type in ‘disks,’ and select the best match.

  1. In the disk tool, right-click on your USB disk and select Format Partition…
  2. Choose either of the partitioning scheme and hit Format
  3. Your USB will be formatted in a few seconds.

Windows 10 USB on Linux

Windows 10 USB on Linux

Right-click on the earlier downloaded ISO file, and select ‘Open with other application’. From the applications list, select the Disk Image Mounter. This will mount the ISO file. If you can’t find it, click on Other Locations, and you’ll see the content of ISO file.

Windows 10 USB on Linux

Copy all files from there and paste them onto the USB drive. Now you have created a bootable Windows 10 USB. From here onwards, the process is quite straightforward. Insert the USB into the PC you want to use, then restart and boot up from the USB stick to proceed with the installation.

Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux

If you’re thinking of switching to Windows 10, then there’s perhaps no easier method than using a bootable USB stick. All you need is a formatted USB stick and the Windows 10 ISO file, and you’ll be set.

Updated: 4/29/2023