I needed to install Windows and downloaded the 4.7GB Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft's website. Since I only had Linux machines at my disposal (and no DVD drives), I had to look to install the ISO on a pen drive. While the purists advocated that I use
dd to accomplish this, I found that getting the USB to be bootable was something of a chore. So I looked for a friendlier solution and this is what I found for Kubuntu:
- Install the WoeUSB package. On Ubuntu flavours this can be done via the Web Upd8 PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install woeusb
For other distros, see this page.
- If your system automounts your pen drive, turn that feature off. If need be unmount the drive in question using something along the lines of
umount -l /media/mypendrive.
- Use the following command to do the job:
woeusb --target-filesystem NTFS --device Win10_1809Oct_EnglishInternational_x64.iso /dev/sdc
This formats the pen drive (identified as /dev/sdc on my system) as an NTFS partition and writes the ISO file on it.
For files smaller than 4GB you can do away with the --target-filesystem parameter and stick to the FAT32 default.
Hope this helps!