Download WinUSB (v1.0.7)

What is WinUSB ?

WinUSB screenshot

WinUSB is a simple tool that enable you to create your own usb stick windows installer from an iso image or a real DVD.

This package contains two programs:
- WinUSB-gui: a graphical interface which is very easy to use.
- winusb: the command line tool.

Supported images: Windows Vista, Seven, 8 installer for any language and any version (home, pro...) and Windows PE.

New release (1.0.7) : 2012-05-03

Binary download

You can download the WinUSB binary here.
Binaries are programs that can be directly used on your computer. If you just want to try or use WinUSB, it's a good choice.

Ubuntu PPA repository

Using the PPA is recomended since you will receive updates automaticaly from your update manager.

You only need to install the PPA (Personal Package Archives) once. In order to do that, you just need to lunch this command :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight && sudo apt-get update

Then, you can simply use this apt-url to install WinUSB : apt://winusb.

Linux (Debian / Ubuntu) packages

You can also download the debian package of WinUSB manualy if you want :

Sources download

You can download the WinUSB sources here.
If you just want to try or use this program, please download the binaries (it's easier)


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Written by Ged on 2015-01-20 at 04h 54min.

I am trying to rescue a Windows 8.1 PC with a failure to boot, because I believe the boot tracks are damaged.
My live system is Ubuntu 14.10, and I have sucessfully installed WinUSB despite the error in the instructions where the suggestion is
sudo sh -c "sed -i 's/utopic/saucy/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/colingille-freshlight-utopic.list"
Instead off what it should be
sudo sh -c "sed -i 's/utopic/saucy/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/colingille-ubuntu-freshlight-utopic.list"

So I am trying to use WinUSB to create a bootable rescue USB .... but when I try to run I get "Installation failed ! Exit Code: 256 Log:

Can you provide any guidance on what the problem is and how to resolve it?

Windows 10?!

Written by ninjapenguin32 on 2015-01-18 at 22h 08min.

:-( i try to make a windows 10 usb but i get 256 log?

how to recover lost partition

Written by krishna shah on 2015-01-16 at 22h 03min.

I installed winusb to make bootable pendrive.winusb accidentally formatted my external hard of 500gb .there were alot of my files.there were two partition.
now everything is lost now it show single partition with windows bootable files.

HELP ME !!!!!
how can I restore my hard disk to pervious state????????

Not found!

Written by omar on 2015-01-14 at 03h 36min.

W: Imposible obtener 404 Not Found

E: Algunos archivos de índice fallaron al descargar. Se han ignorado, o se han utilizado unos antiguos en su lugar

doesn't work for win8.1 iso :(

Written by anonnnnn on 2015-01-09 at 19h 17min.

[c]Installation failed !
Exit code: 256
Formating device...
BLKRRPART: Device or resource busy
mount: /dev/loop0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
Installing grub...
Installing for i386-pc platform.
grub-install: warning: Attempting to install GRUB to a disk with multiple partition labels. This is not supported yet..
grub-install: warning: Embedding is not possible. GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists. However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
grub-install: error: will not proceed with blocklists.
Error occured !
/usr/bin/winusb: line 78: 25622 Terminated while true; do
sleep 0.05; echo 'pulse';
/usr/bin/winusb: line 78: 8590 Terminated while true; do
sleep 0.05; echo 'pulse';
Umounting and removing '/media/winusb_iso_1420825205_16636'...
Umounting and removing '/media/winusb_target_1420825205_16636'...

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