Mounting a Windows 8 (or 7 or 10) ISO on Linux

Recently I had to rescue a Windows system and required a new bootable USB stick.

Mounting the Windows 8.1 installation ISO via the GUI brought up an empty folder or a blank README.txt.

I found the solution via – the mount helper isn’t detecting the UDF partition on the disk, so you’ll have to do something via the command line like:

mount -o loop -t udf /media/files/en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso /tmp/iso

Say your USB stick is on /media/usb and already formatted with FAT32 (vfat), then you can do

rsync -av ---progress /tmp/iso/. /media/usb/.

and you’ll get a UEFI-bootable Windows 8 installer (that can also be used to get into a recovery environment).

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