Nowadays, many people use USB drives as installation media to install operating systems. When it comes to Windows, this process is fairly easy. If you are using Windows, you can create a bootable USB drive for almost any operating system. But, if you are on Linux and want to make a bootable USB flash drive for Windows, then this can be quite difficult. That’s because many bootable USB drive creator softwares are not compatible with Linux. Other than that, Linux also doesn’t support the NTFS file system to create bootable USB drives for Windows. In this guide, I am going to give you guys a solution to this problem. This guide will be using Rufus, though the process is similar for other apps.
So, if you are using Linux and you want to prepare an installer for Windows, first you will need a USB drive formatted in NTFS file system.
Otherwise, the installer won’t work with Windows 8, 8.1, or 10. Therefore, the very first thing you have to do is format your USB flash drive in NTFS file system. For this task, we use the GNU Partition Editor. GNU Partition Editor is a free disk partition manager that works on Linux.
Follow the following steps to format the USB flash drive in the NTFS file system.
- Plug the USB drive and select the device letter from the dropdown menu on the top right.
- After that, delete any partitions that already exist on the USB flash drive.
- Create a new partition using all of the free space and set the file system type of that partition to NTFS.
- Click on the “Apply” button and then click on the “OK” button.
The next thing to do is to make the USB flash drive bootable using Rufus. It’s available for free and can be downloaded from the official Rufus website. The app is also on GitHub.
Follow the following steps to make the bootable USB drive.
- Download the ISO file of the operating system you need to install.
- Then use the Rufus Live USB Creator to “burn” the ISO to the USB flash drive. It will take a few minutes to copy the ISO onto your USB drive. Once the process is complete, you can remove the USB drive from the computer.
As computer boots up, press your Boot Options or Boot Menu key to enter your Boot menu. If you can not find the Boot Menu key contact your computer’s manufacturer.