Create a Bootable Windows USB in Linux

This is something I had struggled with: I wanted to create a bootable Windows USB drive using a Linux distro OS (Lubuntu in my case) but without luck I was unable to given the various suggestions provided on various online forums. However, I came across a solution that purely uses the CLI (command line interface) and it actually worked:

http://serverfault.com/questions/6714/how-to-make-windows-7-usb-flash-install-media-from-linux

In summary, to create the bootable USB drive:

  • Format USB drive to NTFS
  • Create MBR (Master Boot Record) on the USB drive using the ms-sys tool
  • Copy content of Windows OS to the USB drive
  • Install when you plug in the USB drive to another machine
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April 12, 2016

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