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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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????????

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'...

broken links

Written by james on 2014-12-18 at 18h 24min.

All your download links are broken and your apt repository is gone. Also your captcha keeps trying to get me to add height + number + number.
What the hell is height.

WinUSB error installation failed ! Exit code: 256 Log:

Written by Dez on 2014-11-14 at 19h 10min.


When I attempt to create a bootable USB I receive the following msg.

Installation failed !
Exit code: 256

Any idea why I get this? I am trying to create a bootable usb drive for
windows 10 preview. The USB drive is formatted as a NTFS partition and is
8GB in size.



Using WinUSB with vfat

Written by Byron on 2014-11-12 at 19h 31min.

WinUSB by default assumes that you want the usb drive formatted ntfs. This is not compatible with many motherboards--they will not boot from an ntfs usb drive. To make an installer on a usb drive that is formatted vfat, try this:

1. mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1
- find the correct device path for your system
- make sure the device is not mounted
- be aware that this step erases the disk
2. Tweak WinUSB to fix a case-sensitive path problem
- at the end of the script, delete the two lines that change the boot directory to lowercase
- note that the vfat filesystem does not have case-sensitive paths at all
3. sudo winusb --install <path-to-iso> <path-to-device>
- do not use the GUI, it will make ntfs without telling you
- do not use the "--format" option, it will also make ntfs

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