Download WinUSB (v1.0.11)

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 (1.0.11) : 2013-03-28

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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Great! It works on Ubuntu 14.04

Written by Ligator on 2014-04-20 at 21h 30min.

Great! It works on Ubuntu 14.04 ^_^

Hey anon with feature request: Gparted?

Written by pcsupporter on 2014-04-07 at 11h 03min.

Hey hi Sir Anon with the feature request of gpt/dos partitition table creation:

Haven't you got or don't you know Gparted, I always before I burn any USB stick, format the stick with fat32.

Also YUMI and Universal USB Installer do need the user to beforehand format the stick in fat32. Otherwise, they always -- or at least really mostly -- fail.

That's normal. I think we shouldn't stress the ingenious service-givers makers of WinUSB with too many unneeded options.

Evryone who knows Linux, should (and does) know Gparted. By which you can create GPT or MSDOS partition tables, if the USB stick is not formatted due to some quirky and really rare mishap.

I was fighting around with write protection errors on USB sticks, that's a hardware trouble, can't be resolved. But you mutter about things which no one really needs. Oh well. Correct me if I am wrong.

WinUSB for Linux: Must have tool.

Written by pcsupporter on 2014-04-07 at 10h 53min.

This tool called "WinUSB" for Linux is not only "better" than unetbootin. Those two tools can't be compared. Unetbootin is famous and mostly for Linux-distributions, to "burn" such OS-iso-images of mostly Linux-systems on a USB stick.

Of course, burning a cd foregoes the entire, whole trouble of having to care, what type of OS you are actually burning. But nature would thank it to us, if we don't burn too many cds, which we anyway later throw away. But, surely, in some special cases, trying to use the "USB" way when "burning" an ISO, can fail, and you have to burn a real CD.

But, for all people who want and need to burn windows[tm]-type iso images from within linux, this tool WinUSB is a total must have.

Of course, I could always, as I did before, attach my normally to my online linux system attached external harddisk. But it's faster this way, using WinUSB. I hope it really is just like using universal usb installer from within windows. If not, I'll have to post here again :) ...

worked for me

Written by e6 on 2014-04-04 at 00h 28min.


Feature request

Written by anon on 2014-03-28 at 00h 12min.

This script would be considerably better if the --format option would automatically create a fresh partition table of the required type. Presently it needs a msdos or gpt partition table, but does not document that requirement anywhere.

Other than that, it's a great tool, thanks for the work!

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