While Windows 11 came with a lot of new and advanced features, and changes, it was still a tough task to create a Windows 11 bootable USB on Ubuntu Linux.
The NTFS format on Windows lacked the quality drivers and hence, could not handle the bigger NTFS files, thus, corrupting the newly created installation media.
It would also need you to split the install.wim file into several different files to create the bootable USB.However, currently, the Linux Kernel 5.15 and the later versions feature the latest NTFS driver and are adept at handling bigger NTFS files, thus, helping users to create a Windows 11 bootable USB on Linux.
This guide will explain the steps in detail on how to create a bootable Windows 11 USB in Linux (Ubuntu).
Check the requirements
Before creating a Windows 11 bootable USB on Linux, here are a few things to remember:
How to install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 11?
The previous Windows version was called the Linux Kernel version. However, in Windows 11, it’s known as WSL or the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
Currently, there are only two WSL versions, WSL 1 (released originally) and WSL 2, the second version that comes built-in with the Linux kernel within a virtual machine.
While it supports all the features of the original version, it also helps optimize the system performance, supports multiple monitors, compatible with call support for the entire system, and also supports all of the Linux GUI-based apps.
However, it has to be installed on your Windows 11 PC. Here’s how to check if the WSL or the Windows Subsystem for Linux is installed on the Windows 11 device. Here’s how:
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As the username and password are successfully created, it will show the message: Installation successful. One can now proceed with the below method to check the WSL version installed.
Check the WSL version or Linux Kernel Version
Now that the WSL version is known, the latest Windows Subsystem for Linux is installed, and hence, can proceed to create the Windows 11 bootable USB on Ubuntu Linux.
How do I make a bootable Windows 11 USB installer on Ubuntu?
1. Download Windows 11 ISO
2. Use a dedicated app
Download & install WoeUSB in Ubuntu
To create the Windows 11 bootable USB on Ubuntu, the WoeUSB app needs to be
WoeUSB is a free and open-source Microsoft Windows® USB installation media preparer for GNU+Linux. Go to the PPA repository to download and install the tool, which includes all current Ubuntu releases (Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04).
NOTETo install the WoeUSB tool, the commands must be run in the Ubuntu command-line app and not in the usual Command Prompt or Terminal. So, make sure it’s installed.
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If the Windows 11 is running Ubuntu 18.04 (Linux Mint), run the below command to generate a fresh list of packages:
sudo apt update
Burn Windows 11 ISO image
You can also use GParted to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows from Linux. You would first need to install GParted and then follow the process as mentioned in the link.
Those who own a Windows device running on Intel 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th generation and the RAID SATA Operation, and wish to install Windows 11, would need extra storage controllers. This will help them to identify the storage controller easily and find the NVMe SSD.
For this, download the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver from the official website, extract the folder and copy the same to the install partition of the Windows 11 bootable USB on Ubuntu Linux.
No doubt, Windows 11 is the most sought-after Windows OS at this moment. Thanks to its splendid features and functionalities, users are keen to install the OS on their computers. However, installing the Windows 11 OS on Linux can be perplexing.
But, if you follow the above methods properly, it should not be a tough task after all. This guide will get you going with your Windows 11 installation on Linux (Ubuntu). So, simply mount the bootable USB on the PC and reboot. This will auto-start the Windows 11 installation process and that’s it!Still having issues? Fix them with this tool:
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