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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update - Installation failed ! Exit code: 256

Written by Ray on 2012-01-28 at 16h 52min.

Thanks install worked with WinUSB after I used GParted to repartition the USB. The command you gave me, "sudo winusb --install <iso path> <partition>", showed that the USB was write protected...I had used the GUI Ubuntu Disk Utility to partition the first time. So I'm a little embarrassed about not checking that before contacting you. You may want to let your users know to check for write protection if they get the 256 error.

Nice app. Thanks again, Ray

Answer to "Installation failed ! Exit code: 256"

Written by Congelli501 on 2012-01-27 at 21h 19min.

Parted (the command line tool that I use to format the usb stick) seems to have trouble with your USB stick. You can ask the parted maintener or format your USB stick manually and then use sudo winusb --install <iso path> <partition> from command line.

Installation failed ! Exit code: 256

Written by ray on 2012-01-26 at 04h 08min.

Hi, I'm getting this error when I click the install button on WinUSB.
I'm using a 4GB Sandisk USB freshly formatted with FAT. System reads it fine.
Source is Win7 CD.

OS is Ubuntu 10.04

Installation failed !
Exit code: 256
Formating device...
Error: You requested a partition from 1000kB to 4026MB.
The closest location we can manage is 18.9kB to 18.9kB.

Any assistance is appreciated.

Thanks, Ray


Written by Aprax on 2012-01-24 at 20h 37min.

Hi, thx for the tool. Anyway I got this error when I try to create the boot-usb I got this message from the program:

Installation failed !
Exit code: 65280

Can you help me?


Answer to "I get an error installing activebootdisk"

Written by Congelli501 on 2012-01-19 at 14h 45min.

The error should be fixed with the latest version (1.0.3)

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