Supported Sources

Here is an incomplete list of some of the supported sources tested with WinSetupFromUSB.
Since new sources are added frequently, please check again for updates.

Tests are usually performed on a NTFS formatted USB flash disk, including the Linux based ones. If there are additional steps needed to get a source going or another file system is needed, there will be a note.

Please leave a comment if you have tested another source, with a description and link to it, or if you have a request for a new one.

WindowsLinux / *BSD / *nixAntivirus Rescue DisksDOS/Other

Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup option, multiple sources are supported:

  • Windows XP, any architecture (32 and 64 bits), any Service Pack (SP), any version (Home, Professional etc.)
  • Windows 2000, any SP, any version
  • Windows 2003, any architecture, any SP, any version

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / Server 2008/2012 based ISO option, multiple sources are supported::

UBCD4Win/WinBuilder/Windows FLPC setup/BartPE option:

IA64/Itanuim versions are not tested.

Linux ISO/Other Grub4dos compatible ISO option, multiple sources are supported:

Ubuntu / Xubuntu / Kubuntu

Note- if there are problems starting or installing Debian/Ubuntu from USB hard disk take a look at this tutorial

Fedora / CentOS / RedHat
Suse / OpenSUSE

Use Linux ISO/Other Grub4dos compatible ISO option unless other specified

Use Linux ISO/Other Grub4dos compatible ISO option

483 thoughts on “Supported Sources

  1. Does the program support the latest releases of Parted Magic and SystemRescueCD? Because i installed them using the ‘Linux ISO’ option and it seem that they are working fine.

    • I guess you got the answer yourself 🙂
      It’s been quite a while since I did extensive test for most famous distros and it’s impossible to keep up with updates. Best way is just to try. Most likely the majority if not all Linux distros on ISO hybrid images will work just fine.

      • I tested also Boot Repair Disk, Puppy Linux (tahrpup), ESET SysRescue CD and they seem to be working fine. But i had problem with Hiren Boot CD 15.2. In the end of creating the iso WinSetupFromUSB showed message that it ‘could not defragment’, and after that HIren Boot CD couldn’t boot. Is the defragmantation the reason for this? The usb has 1.43GB free space so i don’t know why it won’t defragment it.

        • Likely the remaining disk space is not contiguous, hence WinContig which is used internally, can’t defragment it. Google a bit about defragmentation, it’s good knowledge to have.
          Besides, Hiren BCD is not Linux distro, and I made any efforts to support it since it’s warez.

          • I freed some space from the usb drive, delete the hiren boot cd iso file and remove hiren boot entry from menu.lst and tried again. But in the end WinSetupFromUSB stuck on ‘defragmenting’ so i have to kill the process, it couldn’t abort it. I guess WinSetupFromUSB won’t work with Hiren Boot CD’s.
            I don’t know why you think Hiren Boot is warez. Version 15.2 contain only free software:

            • Again, if there is no enough contiguous space file won’t be defragmented. You have no guarantee where chunks of the files you deleted were placed. And again, it’s WinContig used for the defragmentation. Can find the executable file in WinContig directory. There is nothing like XXX file can’t be defragmented. Any file can, as long as WinContig can find suitable contiguous space.

              • Just for you information, only certain versions of Hiren’s BootCD are illegal, usually found on torrent and warez sites.
                The original latest one (v15.2) contains only free software, and is therefore warez-free.
                I recommend supporting the official Hiren’s BootCD.

                • Latest HBCD 1.0.1, which seems got rid of all the illegal software, works just fine in both UEFI and BIOS mode, just use the Vista/7/10 ISO option. Older versions, including 15.2, still have copyright software, Mini XP for example.

  2. I want to create Windows 10 bootable usb but the .iso file is 5 GB. What formatting i should choose: FAT32 or NTFS? If i choose FAT32 it shows a message that says that the file is too big for FAT32 and will be split in parts.

    • Either will work, the message is informational, not an error. With NTFS you can’t boot in UEFI mode.

    • From FAQ #7, advanced options:

      Custom menu names for Vista/7/8/Server Source – use if you want to set custom names for the sub-directory and boot menu names for Vista, Server 2008, Win7, Win8 and so on sources.

  3. I added the Ubuntu 18 .iso to my usb drive but WinSetupFromUSB could not defragemnt the usb flash drive at the end. I tried to defragment it with WinContig but it still won’t defragment. It shows that Ubuntu iso file has 5 fragments. The usb flash drive has 1.45 GB free space on it. Why it won’t defragment?

    • Because the free space is not contiguous. Give it a try with Defraggler, it might help to defrag the free space first, then to have enough contiguous free space for that file.
      Can see that Auslogics Disk Defrag Free also has option to consolidate free space.

  4. I used Defraggler to defrag the free space on the flash drive but WinContig still won’t defragment the drive. I delete the Ubuntu .iso file and after that WinContig defragmented the drive. I guess the flash drive need to have certain amount of free space available for WinContig to be able to defragment it.

    • Also depends on the size of the other files, say if you have several 3-4 GB occupying nearly all the space..
      Best way to overcome such issues is to add first the ISOs which would need to be defragmented ( added using Linux/other ISO option) and then the rest.

  5. I have problems with my Dell work station explained here:

    I tried to make my own USB installation drive to install windows on the Dell computer as explained here:

    Then I got the error “something went wrong” and nothing was installed on the USB drive?

    Is the reason that I used a new Kingston 16 Gb DataTraveler 50 USB drive? More precisely do I need a special USB drive.

    In addition, I contacted Microsoft support. The guy I talked to took control over my computer and installed and iso file on my desktop, that I should click to install (burn with rufus) to the drive. When I click on that file, I am directed to a new D:drive on my laptop. That drive have the same structure as my old Windows 8.1 installation DELL / Microsoft 8Gb Mentor Media that I am able to install on my formatted Dell computer. Every disk on that computer is formatted.

    When I copies the files from my laptop D:drive to the Kingston 16 Gb DataTraveler 50 USB drive and try to install Windows 10 on my Dell Workstation, that does not function.

    I have never used iso image files and rufus, that the guy told me to use (how?).

    1. Should I buy a new USB drive with another format to create installation media (USB flash drive or DVD)?
    2. Alternatively, is there a correct way to use the iso image file that the guy placed on my desktop to make an installation USB drive in which format)

    • At what stage did you get “something went wrong”, using what program or what exactly?

      You can’t just copy over ISO file contents to USB stick, unless it’s properly formatted and source is Windows 7 and above.

      Quite unlikely you need another USB stick.

      Have you checked the tutorials page, How to add multiple Windows NT6/10 sources in particular? Can skip all steps which add another source and add your source only.

      If you face an issue please describe it with details and attach the log file as per FAQ #14 in the FAQ page.

      • Thank you very much for a fast reply.

        100 % was downloaded. Something went wrong when the download was verified.

        I thought that I can not copy directly from the image file, but since I am new to iso files I tried:-) . Is that why I shall use rufus and burn the iso file to a cd?

        In additon I asked the guy from Microsoft if my dell c system flash drive can be corrupt and I need to buy a new flash system drive. He did not think so, and said that the may 29 version of Windows will fix everything when it is installed.

        We also talked about antivirus programs. He told me that windows defender is good enoug. I am not 100 % sure. Good enoug may not be best when it comes to antivirus programs. My personal preferation is Bitdefender? Any other opinion on that?

        • You do need to use some kind of tool to prepare the USB stick, plenty of options here- WinSetupFromUSB, Rufus, Microsoft’s tool whatever it was called and so on.

          It’s way too early to even think there was something wrong with your USB stick, it hasn’t been prepared as it should be.

          As for AV- personal opinion only, Windows Defender is good enough given that user has healthy habits surfing i-net. For anything else my favourite for many years is Kaspersky and this hasn’t changed after the BS for the masses, which accused that it’s used for spying. Anyone a little more knowledgeable and neutral, and who bothered to read the details about that case, would understand it was just political games and propaganda. Again, just personal opinion.

          • AWS first. I don’t use any, but the problem I describe in the first link in my first post was so severe that I thought of using AWS when that problem was solved.

            It has taken long time, since I bought a new laptop. I fully agree with you, Kaspersky is good enough for those that need it. My son uses it, because he shares the computer with other people. The problem seem to be cyclical or random, it returns so I wonder if somebody had managed to intrude my BIOS. When I took a full scan with Windows defender and it ran for 8 hours, it did not find any virus.

            You write:

            It’s way too early to even think there was something wrong with your USB stick, it hasn’t been prepared as it should be.

            So there is a formatting problem? First I tried without formatting the USB drive. Then I formatted it and got the same error. The guy from Microsoft that took over my computer formatted the USB drive and got the same error.

            Now, since the files I have copied from the windows.iso file to the USB drive can be deleted, I can reformat the drive. I don’t do that before I have have read your reply to this post. I am not in a hurry. Isn’t there many spagetty programmers out there? Should I not get an error the first time I tried to download Windows 10 may 29 2019 to my USB stick? Alternatively, there should be an option to format to the correct format before downloading Windows 10.

            I write about this problem another place where there is a lot of conspiracy theories, about in alphabetical order, China, Russia and USA. They are not the worst. Big international monopoly capitalists are worse. I am an retired economist from the research department of the Central Bank of Norway. As an economist and a Tellus citizen I hate monopoly companies that tries to fool you in one or another way, even via state sponsored Ad. You find much more general information here:


            About this topic here:


            Again, thank you very much for your support.

            I hope you answer the question I have about correctly preparing the USB stick. If I am able to install the last version of Windows on my workstation, I will be more productive

            I am too old to learn Linux and program in assembly.

            The last 20 years, my son and I agree that the biggest virus is antivirus programs, but I may be wrong after this experience about the striped computer screen that changes colour. It recreates itself when I reinstall Windows 8.1. Detailed description here (first article):


            About conspiracy theories. I have Google home and my daughters boy say that I experience problems since Google don’t like me. Google:

            Google home security issues

            I have found none.

            Another example: I have one Norwegian and and one American web server. Nearly every time I complain to my American hoster, they respond: Everything is fine here.

            Some days ago, my site on the Norwegian server functioned fine, but the link to the site on the American server was broken. I helped my daughter with her site and she checked the link to the site on the American server with her mobile phone. Everything was fine. We could not work here, since we needed access to my American server via Dreamweaver. We went to her house, and there everything functioned fine with another ISP. Is there a security issue with Google home or my ISP?

            • I once agian try the option of installing to an USB drive. I have tried to format the USB drive both with FAT32 and NTFS format and get the same error:


              about half the process (50%) of verifying the download.

              Another consipracy theory, Microsoft will see what I have on my computer, so they let the process fail, and suggest that their personel take over my Laptop and install a useless windows.iso image file. At least that was what I experinced when we tried to fix it. I told him to stay on my conputer until the problem was fixed. But suddenly he shut down the communication and logged off. He sent me a email with lot of useless advertising.

                • But why do I need an ISO file? As far as I understand it is possible to download the installation medium directly to the USB drive.

                  You mean that on the windows10 download page


                  I shall choose the option

                  Additional methods for using the ISO file to install Windows 10 (click to show more or less information)


                  If you downloaded an ISO file for Windows 10, the file is saved locally at the location you selected. If you have a third-party DVD burning program installed on your computer that you prefer to use for creating the installation DVD, that program might open by going to the location where the file is saved and double-clicking the ISO file, or right-click the ISO file, select Open with and choose your preferred DVD burning software.

                  Isn’t that too complicated?

                  • Well, you need the source files, packed in a container usually, in this case it’s ISO file.

                    It isn’t that complicated really:
                    1) Download the ISO file. Don’t have to burn the ISO to DVD, just use the option to save it locally
                    2) Follow the tutorial I have posted earlier how to add that source to the USB disk

                    There are also number of step by step other guides how to add that source to USB stick, youtube, google…
                    Can use WinSetupFromUSB, Rufus, Easy2Boot, Yumi and so on

                    • I did the following before I read your answer. I used 7-Zip to unpack the windows.iso file the guy from Microsoft installed on my desktop to the new usb drive. Now the installation functioned. But I got an error that something need to be repaired. Now the repair functioned and I was able to log in withaout safe mode with internet access.

                      But the screen still has those stripes. So windows 10 did not fix that. May be another person from Microsoft have to take control over m\y workstation and try to fix that.

                      Thank you very much for your patience so long.

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