How to Create a Windows 11 Bootable USB on Linux Using Ventoy

Creating a bootable USB drive is essential for installing a new operating system on your computer. If you’re using Ubuntu and want a reliable tool that works seamlessly on both Linux and Windows, Ventoy is the best choice.

This guide will walk you through the process of creating a Windows 11 bootable USB drive using Ventoy on Ubuntu


Before you start, ensure you have the following:

  • A USB drive with at least 8 GB of storage.
  • An Ubuntu operating system with administrative privileges.

Important: Creating a bootable USB will erase all data on the drive. Make sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

Download Windows 11 ISO

First, download the Windows 11 ISO image from the official Microsoft website. This file is necessary for creating your bootable USB.

Install Ventoy

To create a bootable USB, you need to download and install Ventoy on Ubuntu. Follow these steps to install Ventoy properly on Ubuntu:

Open your terminal by pressing ALT + CTRL + T and enter the following command to download the latest version of Ventoy from GitHub.

wget -O ~/ventoy.tar.gz

Extract the downloaded archive

tar -zxvf ~/ventoy.tar.gz

Create Bootable USB

Now that you have downloaded the Ventoy. It’s time to create a bootable USB. Open your Ubuntu terminal and navigate to the Ventoy script’s directory to make a bootable USB. You can do so by entering the command in your terminal.

cd ventoy-1.0.97

In the Ventoy directory, the CLI and GUI version of Ventoy are available. We will use GUI only to make this tutorial easy. Open Ventoy GUI with the following command

sudo ./VentoyGUI.x86_64

Select Your USB Drive

Select the USB drive you want to make bootable if you have multiple USB inserts in your Ubuntu Machine.

select your usb

Warning: This process will erase all data on the selected USB drive. Ensure you have backed up your data.

Choose Partition Style

Next, choose the appropriate partition style for your USB drive. Click on Option in the bottom-left corner of the Ventoy GUI and select the partition style. You can choose between MBR (Master Boot Record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table):

  • GPT: Recommended for UEFI boot mode, offering better security and faster boot times.
  • MBR: Use this if you need legacy BIOS compatibility.
select gpt partition style

Install Ventoy

After selecting the partition style, click Install to make your USB drive bootable. Confirm the warning message that appears, as this action will erase all data on the USB drive.

install GPT partition prompt

Select ok to continue.

Warning for data erase

Copy ISO Files to Ventoy Drive

Once Ventoy is installed on the USB drive, copy the Windows 11 ISO file you downloaded earlier to the Ventoy drive.

copy windows 11 iso to ventoy


Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a Windows 11 bootable USB using Ventoy on Ubuntu. Ventoy’s versatility allows you to add multiple ISO files to your USB drive, making it a powerful tool for various installation needs.

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  1. I have followed your instructions to the letter, but it didn’t work. Upon booting the USB I have a message from the Ventroy stating that there is no .ISO image found or something of sorts.

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