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Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:00 am
by Tsla
how can i burn windows 7 on usb with linux? balena etcher cant recognize win iso, tried other apps too but they cant recognize usb :D any solution?

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:06 am
by Moem
Tsla wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:00 am
tried other apps too
That's too vague to be useful. Was WoeUSB among them?

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:36 am
by ralplpcr
If you're talking about creating a bootable USB that will contain the Windows 7 ISO from which you can install Windows 7, then I'll 2nd WoeUSB. It's not perfect, but it does work and usually does quite well.

If you're talking about installing Windows 7 onto a USB so that you can boot & run the operating system from it, then I recommend that you DON'T. Besides the fact that it's no longer supported, it's also *painfully* slow. The Windows 7 kernel does not have USB 3 drivers built in, so you'd be stuck running the OS at USB 2 speeds. Can it be done? Yes. Will it allow you to run Windows programs & games? Not many! A virtual machine on a USB 3 external disk is orders of magnitude faster, and would be my recommended method if you need to maintain any Windows 7 machines.

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:44 am
by Tsla
im not switching to win, i just need it for specific reason, i had some trouble with intalling WoeUSB, could you help?

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:44 am
by Tsla
Moem wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:06 am
Tsla wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:00 am
tried other apps too
That's too vague to be useful. Was WoeUSB among them?
Cool could you help?

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:48 am
by hayden

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:49 am
by Moem
Tsla wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:44 am
could you help?
I already did.

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:40 pm
by ralplpcr
I'm not sure which version of Mint you have, but on mine it's available in the software manager? Just do a search for it, click install, allow dependencies... and you're done?

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:44 pm
by hayden
i dont know what op has, but in my mint 20 its not in the repos

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:51 am
by ralplpcr
hayden wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:44 pm
i dont know what op has, but in my mint 20 its not in the repos
I can see it's no longer there in Mint 20 - - either it used to be & I installed, or I added a PPA and forgot. :( Apologies!

Another possibly easier option might be to avoid WoeUSB altogether & use Ventoy.
You need a good-sized USB stick - - preferably at least 16GB - - but if you have one it becomes quite easy.

Basically, you would need to download & extract the Ventoy installation files. Install it to your USB stick. (It will completely format your USB, so make sure to save anything off of it that you need to keep!)
Once it's installed, you simply copy the Windows .ISO file onto the USB stick. That's it! The Ventoy software contains a boot loader that will automatically detect any .ISO files located on the USB, and give you a menu to select which ISO you want to boot. Use the keyboard to select your Windows .ISO, and *BOOM* - - you're good to go! :wink:

NOTE: If you're installing Windows 7, you should probably use a USB 2.0 stick rather than USB 3. Windows 7's lack of USB 3 drivers in the kernel can cause issues with installation. Read the Ventoy FAQ for more info.

The beauty of it is that you can add or remove .ISO images on the fly. Want to create a bootable Mint USB? Just download the .ISO onto that same USB stick! It'll appear on the boot loader menu the next time you boot from that USB. Want to delete the Windows .ISO? Easy as can be - simply delete the .ISO from the USB.

Edit: Link to install document for both Windows & Linux, if you choose to use this option: Installation

Edit #2: Found it! I had installed from a .DEB file using the "bionic" version - - back when I still had Mint 19. Can't say whether it'd work still with Mint 20, however?
I'm not sure if it's permitted, so apologies in advance if I shouldn't do this... but I'll link the file here.

Edit #3: Repository of .DEB files for Mint (well, Ubuntu) for Mint 17 through 20: https://pkgs.org/download/woeusb

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:07 pm
by AndyMH
Have you tried the built-in usb image writer, I've used it in the past with a win10 iso successfully?

Re: Burn windows

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:16 pm
by bob466
Tsla wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:00 am
how can i burn windows 7 on usb with linux? balena etcher cant recognize win iso, tried other apps too but they cant recognize usb :D any solution?
Burn Windoze...Great idea. Image

You can create a copy of your purchased Win 7 Disk and put it on a DVD...I did this years ago but that was in Windoze but I've never put it on a Flash Drive...maybe M$ wont allow this. :D