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Support burning Windows images #210

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jviotti opened this issue Mar 15, 2016 · 39 comments

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commented Mar 15, 2016

Looks like burning Windows images requires a few custom steps for the drive to be bootable:

http://onetransistor.blogspot.com/2014/09/make-bootable-windows-usb-from-ubuntu.html

It'd be nice to experiment detecting a Windows image and perform this steps automatically.

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commented Aug 1, 2016

May be for the first step give user a checkbox if he needs those steps? There quite different windows configurations might be.

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commented Aug 2, 2016

Yeah, sounds like a good way to go. I'll hopefully be looking at this really soon.

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commented Sep 27, 2016

You might want to check out what the official Windows USB/DVD Download Tool provided by Microsoft does to the USB drive as well. I've been using this tool for Windows 7 without issues whenever I'm being forced to install that OS again.

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commented Dec 19, 2016

@Forage i tryed to burn Windows 10 image to flash on MacOS, but it didn't work.
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool is exist for MacOS.
I'm not first time meet this task.
If you resolve this task you get many users on MacOS.
Now there is no simple method for do it.

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commented Dec 19, 2016

@lurch Bootcamp doesn't work for me.
Before using this use should fix configs of Bootcamp.
And after all, working is not guarantee.

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commented Feb 23, 2017

Somemebody on our gitter channel recently suggested http://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-windows-10-installer-usb-drive-mac for Mac users.

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commented Feb 23, 2017

That's not entirely accurate, given that in newest MacBook Pro models (like mine), there is no need to create an external bootable drive (you select the image and the Mac reboots straight into it), and therefore you don't even get the change to select an external drive.

See https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25913?locale=en_US

Depending on the model of your Mac, you might not need an external USB drive to install Windows (you’re asked for one when you prepare your Mac for Windows if it’s required).

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commented Feb 23, 2017

The BootCamp assistant will add Apple software to the Windows image though.
Also, in the case of creating an installer medium; on macOS Sierra there's no option to flash it to SD cards anymore (only USB thumb drives still work afaik).

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commented Jun 14, 2017

For some more inspiration: https://github.com/slacka/WoeUSB

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commented Sep 25, 2017

Hello I'm one of the contributor of the WoeUSB project mentioned above, and I'd like to ask to add WoeUSB as one of the alternative tool that support burning Windows image, refer #1743 for the PR.

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commented Sep 29, 2017

Bootcamp didn't provide an option to create a windows USB stick on my late 2009 13" MacBook running OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan).

However, I was able to boot my PC with UEFI BIOS from the USB stick by simply copying the contents of the Windows 10 ISO to the stick, after erasing it in Disk Utility using MS-DOS FAT and a Master Boot Record as described in this video - https://youtu.be/49NxbzhgsTE

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commented Dec 13, 2017

High Sierra has removed the ability to create a bootable USB Windows image. If we can merge the capability of WoeUSB into etcher, that would solve this headache for a LOT of users.

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commented Dec 13, 2017

@martinbogo that's odd, I am on High Sierra, and can still do that through the Bootcamp Assistant. Is that missing for you?

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commented Dec 13, 2017

@martinbogo the screenshot didn't make it (GitHub doesn't add them when sent via email); Yeah, updated last night, and it still has that option for me as far as I can see. Did you upgrade from Sierra, or are you on a clean install of High Sierra?

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commented Dec 13, 2017

Well just FYI, all WoeUSB magic lies in https://github.com/slacka/WoeUSB/blob/master/src/woeusb , the problem is it depends on Linux-only utilities and must be replaced by portable ones.

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commented Dec 25, 2017

Deepin boot maker has been able to flash windows ISO for quite some time.
You can look into that.

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commented Feb 11, 2018

Still waiting for this.

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commented Apr 10, 2018

WoeUSB seems to work for linux. It would be much easier and convenient if Etcher had this feature as well.

Still waiting in
10 April 2018

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commented Apr 21, 2018

yep. still waiting.

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commented May 3, 2018

If you're trying to create windows bootable USB, try

http://fgimian.github.io/blog/2016/03/12/installing-windows-10-on-a-mac-without-bootcamp/

Work for me.

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commented Sep 6, 2018

I found a similar tutorial from Google : https://www.iseepassword.com/how-to-make-bootable-usb-drive.html
I have made a bootable USB/DVD /CD with it .

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commented Nov 20, 2018

Waiting for...

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commented Nov 21, 2018

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commented Nov 22, 2018

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commented Jan 2, 2019

And there we are in 2019. 🎉
Any updates about Windows image burning? Sure there are other tools that do this but this is the one essential feature missing on Etcher to be the one-fits-all tool....

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commented Jan 3, 2019

...other people claim that #266 is "the one essential feature missing on Etcher" 😉

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commented Jan 5, 2019

Hi all,
I looked for using Etcher to create a flash drive for Win 10 some days before, and found this issue. But after doing some research, it turned out it is pretty easy to make one and might be easy to be integrated into Etcher. Just format the media to FAT32 with MBR and copy all files from Win 10 image to the media, and you will get a bootable Win 10 installation disk. I have verified it. No need to hack anything.

Hope this can help

Reference: https://www.joshbeam.com/2017/11/23/making-a-bootable-windows-10-usb-drive-on-macos-high-sierra/

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commented Jan 5, 2019

@wcy940418 Unfortunately the latest Windows 10 installation ISO ships a system image with file size greater than 4GiB, which can't be created in an FAT32 file system.

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commented Jan 6, 2019

@Lin-Buo-Ren You are right. I need to reinstall the Win 10 because the ESP was messed up today, and I try to download a new ISO and make the media in the same way, but as you said, the install.wim is larger than 4GB so the FAT32 is not happy with it. But I also figured out another way and it works!

The only thing I need to do in order to make the latest large iso work is chopping the install.wim into small pieces. In windows, DISM could do that, but since I use macOS, I found an alternative (should work on all unix-like system, since the author provide the source code and say so), wimlib, which also does a good job. I split it into two pieces, and each of them is smaller than 4GB. Using them to replace the original install.wim on the thumb drive, and then installation will be all the way same as original one.

The only concern may be the overhead of calling the wimlib to split the .wim file. It will take 1-2 minutes (on my MacBook pro 2016 model).

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commented Jan 13, 2019

+1"for Windows iso support in balena etcher.

windows is the most used operating system on desktoppc, so it is mandatory for etcher support it

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commented Mar 16, 2019

Thanks Tristan36, UNetbootin worked on my early 2009 mac pro (old I know, still relatively fast though) running El Capitan, I have four drives (one with Ubuntu, one with OS X, and one with windows) you helped a lot.

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commented Mar 25, 2019

Can't believe they haven't added this yet.

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commented May 6, 2019

+1 for this feature, please add this. I was quite surprised and disappointed when I found it it wouldn't work.

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commented May 13, 2019

If you add this feature, there'd be no competition in the usb flashing softwares.

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commented Jun 12, 2019

[zrzka] This issue has attached support thread https://jel.ly.fish/#/support-thread~b954b4d9-a86d-4060-a729-851e4859e0c4

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