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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    I think Windows install tool (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...-download-tool) only works with one Windows ISO at a time as does Rufus (https://rufus.ie/)

    YUMI (https://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-m...t-usb-creator/) and MultiBootUSB (http://multibootusb.org/) don't boot Windows ISO's but are great with Linux ISO's

    I have heard positive things about, but not tried WinSetupFromUSB (https://www.winsetupfromusb.com/downloads/) and Easy2Boot (https://www.easy2boot.com/) Both say they will multiboot Windows and Linux ISO's.

    I would not be surprised if there was an easy way to get mkusb to multiboot Windows ISO's.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by C.S.Cameron View Post
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    I would not be surprised if there was an easy way to get mkusb to multiboot Windows ISO's.
    Whoever can develop mkusb for this purpose is welcome, either to include it in mkusb or to fork it into a new tool



    I store iso files in my main computer and use USB pendrives as temporary devices: So whenever I need a USB boot drive I create it from the relevant iso file (usually with mkusb-dus or mkusb-plug).

    For this reason I have focused on single boot systems.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    @jesterb,

    I suggest that you try multiboot-usb by Sundar.

    If you need more details, I refer to C.S.Cameron, who is active at these Ubuntu Forums and knows better than I how to create multiboot USB drives. He has written several posts here and at AskUbuntu describing how to create what you want. So let us wait for advice from him.
    Thanks sudodus,

    I have tried downloading multiboot-usb, and my usb drive is not detected in that program, but it is in Ubuntu linux 18.04. I have formatted to ext4. Not sure if it needs to be fat32 or ntfs. As a side note: Although there were no files on the usb drive, I just did a format using linux disks application, I did not choose to erase. Could that be why it is not detected in the multiboot-usb program? I am testing in a virtualbox vm at the moment, I don't want to do a refresh yet, but it looks like I am going to do it now.
    Last edited by jesterb; 2 Days Ago at 02:51 PM.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by jesterb View Post
    Thanks sudodus,

    I have tried downloading multiboot-usb, and my usb drive is not detected in that program, but it is in Ubuntu linux 18.04. I have formatted to ext4. Not sure if it needs to be fat32 or ntfs.
    I don't know which file systems that work with multiboot-usb. Please try with another file system. Unfortunately there are Windows iso files that are too big for FAT32, > 4 GiB, but maybe it works with NTFS.

    As a side note: Although there were no files on the usb drive, I just did a format using linux disks application, I did not choose to erase. Could that be why it is not detected in the multiboot-usb program?
    It should be OK to just format using Disks. You should not need to erase. But if still problems, you can erase only the first mibibyte which is very fast. You can do that with mkusb. And then there should be no traces of previous partition tables or file systems that might confuse the partitioning tool (Disks) or multiboot-usb.



    Please have a look at the tips by C.S.Cameron at this link and let us know what works best for you
    Last edited by sudodus; 2 Days Ago at 02:16 PM.

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