How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux

How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux

If you want to switch to Windows 10 from your Linux, creating a bootable Windows 10 USB will come handy. Here's how you can get started:

  • Download the Windows 10 ISO file.
  • Insert a formatted USB stick in your PC.
  • Mount the downloaded ISO file, and copy the contents to your USB.
  • A bootable Windows 10 USB will be created in a few minutes.

Installing the Windows 10 operating system on your Linux doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, if you want to avoid any complexities, a bootable Windows 10 USB is what you’re looking for. In this article, we’ll dive into the exact process of creating a bootable Windows 10 USB, and how you can go about doing it. Let’s get started.

Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux

Generally, there are two broad ways to go about this. In the first method, you can either create a UEFI compatible bootable disk. The first thing we need to have, even before we get started with the mounting process, is a Windows ISO file. For that, head to the official Windows 10 downloads page and get the file from there.

Mounting the ISO file on your USB stick

Now that you’ve the ISO file with you, all you now need to do is mount the .iso Windows file on your USB disk. 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.

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

How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux - OnMSFT.com - May 3, 2022

mounted iso file

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.

copying files to usb

Copy all files from there and paste it in the USB stick. Finally, you’ve a bootable Windows 10 USB stick with you. From here onwards, the process is quite straightforward. Insert the USB stick in your PC, restart it and boot it 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.

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