Ubuntu: Create Bootable USB Installation Pendrive for Windows 7/8

Recently I install Ubuntu 12.10 on my PC along with my Windows 8 on same hard drive, but When I start my Windows 8 it shows boot error and it required Windows 8 Repair or Installation disk for repair or refreshing my windows 8. so, I create USB installation disk for windows 8 on Ubuntu because my optical dvd drive not work properly. here I’ll outline a way to make a bootable USB Installation Disk from Ubuntu.

For the making bootable drive you will need

  • 2GB Pendrive or higher
  • Windows 8 DVD
  • Gparted Partition Editor
  • 7-zip
  • ntfs-3g
  • Unetbootin for Linux

Create Bootable USB Installation Disk for Windows 7/8 on Ubuntu

First install Softwares

Install Gparted Partition Editor, 7-zip, ntfs-3g from Ubuntu Software Center


Start Terminal and paste this command

sudo apt-get install gparted
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full




Format USB Dive with Gparted Partition Editor

  • Select Device


  1. Unmount Pendrive – Right Click > Unmount
  2. Format Pendrive to NTFS – Right Click > Format to > ntfs
  3. Make Bootable Disk – Right Click > Manage Flags > Check “boot” box.
  4. unplug Pendrive and replug it.

Install Unetbootin for Linux

Download from sourceforge.net

after download this file, right-click on it, select properties>permission tab and check the “Allow executing file as program”  box. Now, it Open normally by double-click on it.


  1. Browse Disk Image.
  2. Check Show All Drive (Use with Care) box.
  3. Select Drive ( Select Pendrive e.g. dev/sdb ) Make Sure You Select Correct Drive.
  4. Click on OK.
  5. Wait 2-3 Minutes.
  6. Done…..
  7. now you can boot windows 8 from pendrive.

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