5 Apps to Create Multiboot USB – Linux and Windows ISOs Supported

This article will be showing you 5 applications you can use to create a multiboot USB. All of them can write multiple Linux distribution ISOs to USB flash drive and most of them can even write both Windows and Linux ISOs into the same USB flash drive. These 5 apps are:

  1. SARDU MultiBoot USB and DVD Creator
  2. MultiBootUSB
  3. MultiSystem
  4. YUMI (Your Universal MultBoot Installer)
  5. WinSetupFromUSB

If you have created a bootable USB with another tool, it’s recommended that you reformat the USB flash drive with FAT32 or NTFS file system before you use the tools mentioned in this article.

1. SARDU MultiBoot USB and DVD Creator

SARDU is a freemium software that can be used to create mutiboot USB and DVD.

Pros of SARDU:

  • Runs on Linux and Windows.
  • Can create a bootable USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images (Windows 7, 8 and 10)
  • A multitude of ISO images for you to select and download directly from the SARDU application.
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • Supports persistent files for Linux distributions
  • It can also be used to burn multiple ISO images to DVD.
  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware
  • Test your USB with QEMU.
  • SARDU uses the SYSLINUX boot loader by default, but can chainload to GRUB2 (premium feature)

Cons:

  • The Linux version of SARDU doesn’t support Windows ISOs. To add Windows ISO image to your bootable USB flash drive, you need to use the Windows version of SARDU.
  • The persistent files function can cause the program become unresponsive when using the Linux version. The Windows version works perfectly fine.

SARDU is a portable application. To use SARDU, go to the official download page and download the Linux version or Windows version, depending on your OS. I downloaded the Linux version.

multiboot usb

Once downloaded, open your file manager and go to the downloads directory. Extract the gzip archive.

multiboot usb creator

Go to the extracted directory and double click the sardu_3 binary. The SARDU software will start.

multiboot usb linux and windowsFirst, agree to the license.

multiboot usb windows and linux

Then it will tell you to register an account. Registered users can download updated ISOs from SARDU database. If you prefer to use your own downloaded ISO files, then choose No.

best multiboot usb creator

At the left sidebar, there are 4 categories of ISO images

  • Anti-virus
  • Utility
  • Linux distributions
  • Windows

For example, you can click the penguin icon and right click on an OS name and select search ISO. This will allow you to select an ISO image from your hard drive.

SARDU linux

After that, tick on the OS name so that the ISO image will be written to USB flash drive.

SARDU MultiBoot Creator linux

It will also ask you if you want to enable persistent files. I found that if I choose Yes, the program would become unresponsive, so I choose No.

Then you can continue this process with another Linux distribution. After you select all your Linux distributions, insert your USB flash drive and click the USB icon on the upper-right corner to detect and select your USB flash drive.

Next, click the big USB icon to create bootable USB.

SARDU MultiBoot Creator ubuntu

This process can take some time if you selected several ISO images.

SARDU MultiBoot Creator windows

To add Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 ISO images to your USB flash drive, you need to use the SARDU Windows version. Click the Windows icon on the left bar, and select the first item in the list. Choose the ISO path, then tick on the name.

SARDU windows 10 iso image

Please note that if your computer uses UEFI firmware, then you need to enable the legacy BIOS support in order to boot your computer from the SARDU USB flash drive. As you can see from the screenshot below, I can boot Linux or Windows ISOs from the SARDU boot menu.

how to make a multiboot usb drive

2. MultiBootUSB

MultiBootUSB is an advanced cross-platform application for installing/uninstalling Linux operating systems on to a single USB flash drives.

MultiBootUSB Pros:

  • Runs on Linux and Windows.
  • Free and open Source. Released under General Public Licence (GPL).
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • You can remove an ISO image from your bootable USB flash drive.
  • Syslinux is used the default boot loader for making your USB Flash Drive bootable, can also chain load to GRUB2 if UEFI firmware is used.
  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware.
  • Supports persistent files for distros that are based on Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora.
  • Test your ISO and USB with QEMU.
  • Has a command line interface.

Cons:

  • You need to write ISO images to your USB flash drive one by one.
  • It doesn’t support writing Windows ISO image to USB flash drive.

To use MultiBootUSB, go to the official download page and select the installer package according to your OS.

  • Debian, Ubuntu users select the .deb package.
  • Fedora, OpenSUSE users select the .rpm package.
  • Windows users select the .exe package.

multiboot usb uefi

Once downloaded, open your file manager and go to the download directory and install the package.

multibootusb ubuntu

After it’s installed, open it from your application menu. To create a multiboot usb, first insert your USB flash drive. Next, click the Detect Drives button in MultiBootUSB and select a partition on the USB flash drive.

multibootusb fedora

Then select a Linux distro ISO image from your hard drive. After that, you can specify the persistent file size.

multibootusb persistent

Finally, click the Install distro button to write the ISO image to your USB flash drive.

Once that’s done, you can click the Browse button again to select another Linux distro ISO image and click the Install distro button to write it to USB flash drive.

3 MultiSystem

MultiSystem is Linux-only application that allows you to create a multiboot Linux live USB.

MultiSystem Pros

  • A multitude of ISO images for you to select and download directly from the application.
  • Supports persistent files
  • Can create a bootable USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images.
  • Test your live USB in QEMU or VirtualBox

Cons:

  • Only works in Debian and Ubuntu based Linux distros.
  • You need to write ISO images to your USB flash drive one by one.
  • The Linux distro ISO images written to the USB flash drive can’t be booted in UEFI mode, you need to enable legacy BIOS support in order to boot them.

To install MultiSystem on Debian and Ubuntu based Linux distros, open up a terminal and run the following command.

sudo apt install software-properties-common

Import the repository public key.

wget -q -O - http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot/multisystem.asc | sudo apt-key add -

Then add the official software repository to your system.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot all main'

Update software repository index and install MultiSystem.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install multisystem

Once installed, open it from your application menu. Then insert your USB flash drive and click the refresh button in MultiSystem for it to detect your drive. (Make sure the USB flash drive is mounted). Once it find your USB flash drive, select the device and click confirm button.

multisystem ubuntu

It will ask you to enter your password.

multisystem bootable usb

Then it will ask you if it’s Ok to install Grub2 boot loader to your USB flash drive. Click OK.

multisystem grub

Once that’s done, click the DVD icon to select an ISO image from your hard drive.

MultiSystem windows 10

Then enter your password to write the ISO image for your USB flash drive.

multisystem debian

Repeat this process to add additional ISO images to your USB flash drive.

4 YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer)

YUMI can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.

YUMI Pros:

  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware.
  • Can create a bootable USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images (Windows 7, 8 and 10)
  • A multitude of ISO images for you to select and download directly from the application.
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • Supports persistent files for Linux distributions.
  • You can remove an ISO from USB flash drive.

Cons:

  • There’s no Linux version, although you can try running YUMI on Linux through WINE.

YUMI can be downloaded from the official download page. There are two version of YUMI: one is for BIOS system and the other is for UEFI system. YUMI is a portable application. Once the .exe file is downloaed, you can double click it to start the application. Insert your USB flash drive and select it in YUMI user interface.

Then select the name of the OS you want to put into the USB. Next, select the ISO image file from your hard drive. In step 4, you can choose the persistent file size.

yumi uefi

After that, click the create button to write the ISO image file to your USB flash drive.

yumi multiboot

Once done, repeat the same process add additional ISO images files your USB flash drive. You can also add Windows ISO images. The Windows ISO will be put in Other OS and Tools in the Grub boot menu.

yumi multiboot usb

5 WinSetupFromUSB

WinSetupFromUSB is a Windows program that can create multiboot USB flash drive to install any Windows versions since 2000/XP, boot various Linux and *BSD flavors.

WinSetupFromUSB Pros:

  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware.
  • Can create a bootable USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images (Windows 7, 8 and 10)
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • Supports persistent mode
  • Test your live USB in QEMU.

Cons:

  • There’s no Linux version, although you can try running WinSetupFromUSB on Linux through WINE.

WinSetupFromUSB can be downloaded from the official download page. Once it’s downloaded and installed, start it from the start menu. Insert your USB flash drive. WinSetupFromUSB will automatically select it.

Then you can choose to format it with FBinst. Next, select your Windows and Linux ISO image files.

WinSetupFromUSB multiboot

In the advanced options window, you can choose the persistent file size for Linux distributions.

WinSetupFromUSB persistent

Once you are ready, click the Go button to start create the multiboot USB. After all your ISO images are written to USB flash drive. Restart your computer and boot from the USB drive.

multiboot USB grub4dos

That’s it! I hope this tutorial helped you create a multiboot USB flash drive. As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter to get more tips and tricks. Take care 🙂

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36 Responses to “5 Apps to Create Multiboot USB – Linux and Windows ISOs Supported

  • Very interesting article. I will definitely try a few of those. Would be nice to free a few USB-sticks.
    Curious on how this persistent file feature will work.

  • Davide Costa
    2 years ago

    Thanks,
    I’ve enabled your account to SARDU PRO version

  • Try www.easy2boot.com. Download and run it to make a bootable USB drive. Then just copy over to the USB drive (or delete) any ISO you want to boot. It is free and supports Secure UEFI too. Keep 100’s of payloads all on one NTFS USB drive and also your own portable applications, image backups, etc.

    • Maurizio
      4 months ago

      Yes www.easy2boot.com is for me also the best for linux in the moment.

      • brian cummings
        4 months ago

        jeez this is the worst one I found, and why does it have to make two live partitions?

  • I’ve installed multibootUSB on Ubuntu 19.04 but it seems the Python script is messing up the system and programs don’t want to start-up again, amongst other failures.

    I’ve installed it 3x and even reinstalled Ubuntu 3x and tried it again to make sure but no solution.

    Maybe it’s my system but better double check.

    • The graphical software installer will handle software dependency automatically. If you would like to install multibootUSB from command line, then you can use apt, which will also handle software dependency for you.

      sudo apt install ~/Downloads/python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb
    • I was surprised not to see easy2boot here.

  • Hi Xiao,

    Tnx for your reaction.

    “The graphical software installer will handle software dependency automatically.”
    That’s actually what I think might be going wrong and that’s the reason I warned here. However, I don’t know if it is generally or only on my laptop (with only an Intel chip and graphics).

    As far as I know, there is no technical difference between the graphical software installer and apt is there? They do exactly the same?

    I would love MultiBootUSB to become a Snap package so this whole thing will be something of the past 😃

  • Martin FHIR
    1 year ago

    Hi Xiao,
    All the Windows boot options here are to the Installation/recovery enviroment, correct?

    Because I would like to make a Linux/WindowsToGo-multiboot-usb. Making the WindowsToGo enviroment can be done using this Hasleo’s WinToUsb utility https://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/

    But after the WindowsToGo part is ready – how would it be possible to combine it with Linux-installations?

  • Yung Lee
    1 year ago

    Xiao,
    Have you really tried installing this? In Ubuntu or any other Debian-based distro? ‘Coz your suggestions of “sudo apt install [.deb file] and even the graphical software installer suggestion are quite obvious but if you actually try them, you’ll find out that they don’t work for multibootUSB. Please try in actuality first before writing about it as working. I have done so as well as the above commenter and got various problems. A quick google of “multibootUSB problems” showed it might not be working most of the time.

    Jesse

    • Every tutorial on this blog is tested on my computer before published.

      If it doesn’t work for you, perhaps you are using a very new distro, or maybe you have made some big changes to your OS, perhaps you downloaded the file to a different directory than mine. Please don’t be so certain that I didn’t try installing the software. I installed it successfully on my Ubuntu 18.04 OS when I was writing this article.

      Now I try installing multibootusb on my Debian 10 and Linux Mint 19.1 OS.

      Here’s how installing multibootusb on Debian 10 Buster goes on my computer.

      linuxbabe@buster:~$ cd /tmp/ramdisk/
      linuxbabe@buster:/tmp/ramdisk$ sudo apt install ./python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb 
      [sudo] password for linuxbabe: 
      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree       
      Reading state information... Done
      Note, selecting 'python3-multibootusb' instead of './python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb'
      The following additional packages will be installed:
        libqt5designer5 libqt5help5 libqt5test5 mtools python3-pyqt5 python3-pyudev python3-sip
      Suggested packages:
        floppyd python3-pyqt5-dbg
      The following NEW packages will be installed:
        libqt5designer5 libqt5help5 libqt5test5 mtools python3-multibootusb python3-pyqt5 python3-pyudev
        python3-sip
      0 upgraded, 8 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
      Need to get 5,718 kB/12.1 MB of archives.
      After this operation, 37.6 MB of additional disk space will be used.
      Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
      Get:1 /tmp/ramdisk/python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb python3-multibootusb all 9.2.0-1 [6,187 kB]
      Get:2 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 libqt5designer5 amd64 5.11.3-4 [2,783 kB]            
      Get:3 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 libqt5help5 amd64 5.11.3-4 [149 kB]                  
      Get:4 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 mtools amd64 4.0.23-1 [196 kB]                       
      Get:5 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 python3-sip amd64 4.19.14+dfsg-2 [170 kB]            
      Get:6 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 python3-pyqt5 amd64 5.11.3+dfsg-1+b3 [2,380 kB]      
      Get:7 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 python3-pyudev all 0.21.0-1 [40.2 kB]                
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      Selecting previously unselected package libqt5designer5:amd64.
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      Preparing to unpack .../7-python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb ...
      Unpacking python3-multibootusb (9.2.0-1) ...
      Setting up libqt5designer5:amd64 (5.11.3-4) ...
      Setting up mtools (4.0.23-1) ...
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      Setting up python3-pyudev (0.21.0-1) ...
      Setting up libqt5test5:amd64 (5.11.3+dfsg1-1) ...
      Setting up python3-sip (4.19.14+dfsg-2) ...
      Setting up python3-pyqt5 (5.11.3+dfsg-1+b3) ...
      Setting up python3-multibootusb (9.2.0-1) ...
      Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) ...
      Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.28-10) ...
      Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.5-2) ...
      Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-4) ...
      linuxbabe@buster:/tmp/ramdisk$ 
      

      See the screenshot
      multibootusb debian 10 buster

      Here’s how it goes on my Linux Mint 19.1 OS.

      linuxbabe@Tessa:~$ cd Downloads/
      linuxbabe@Tessa:~/Downloads$ sudo apt install ./python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb
      [sudo] password for linuxbabe:        
      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree       
      Reading state information... Done
      Note, selecting 'python3-multibootusb' instead of './python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb'
      The following additional packages will be installed:
        libqt5designer5 libqt5help5 libqt5printsupport5 libqt5sql5 libqt5test5 libqt5xml5 python3-pyqt5 python3-pyudev python3-sip
      Suggested packages:
        python3-pyqt5-dbg
      Recommended packages:
        libqt5sql5-sqlite | libqt5sql5-mysql | libqt5sql5-odbc | libqt5sql5-psql | libqt5sql5-tds | libqt5sql5-ibase
      The following NEW packages will be installed:
        libqt5designer5 libqt5help5 libqt5printsupport5 libqt5sql5 libqt5test5 libqt5xml5 python3-multibootusb python3-pyqt5 python3-pyudev python3-sip
      0 upgraded, 10 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
      Need to get 5,764 kB/12.0 MB of archives.
      After this operation, 38.3 MB of additional disk space will be used.
      Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
      Get:1 /home/linuxbabe/Downloads/python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb python3-multibootusb all 9.2.0-1 [6,187 kB]
      Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 libqt5xml5 amd64 5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu2.1 [99.8 kB]
      Get:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 libqt5designer5 amd64 5.9.5-0ubuntu1 [2,761 kB]
      Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 libqt5sql5 amd64 5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu2.1 [115 kB]                                                         
      Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 libqt5help5 amd64 5.9.5-0ubuntu1 [133 kB]                                                                   
      Get:6 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 libqt5printsupport5 amd64 5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu2.1 [178 kB]                                                
      Get:7 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 libqt5test5 amd64 5.9.5+dfsg-0ubuntu2.1 [98.0 kB]                                                       
      Get:8 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 python3-sip amd64 4.19.7+dfsg-1 [75.2 kB]                                                                   
      Get:9 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 python3-pyqt5 amd64 5.10.1+dfsg-1ubuntu2 [2,268 kB]                                                         
      Get:10 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/main amd64 python3-pyudev all 0.21.0-1 [36.7 kB]                                                                          
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      Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.27-3ubuntu1) ...
      linuxbabe@Tessa:~/Downloads$
      

      Screenshot
      linux mint 19 multibootusb
      As you can see, the installation went without a hitch on my Debian 10 buster and Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa OS.

    • If you copy the output from your terminal and paste them here, I might be able to help you troubleshoot the problem.

      • I wouldn’t bother with trying to help them. They obviously have an enormous chip on their shoulders if they can attack you for trying to help people by taking the time to put together information like this and make it available to everyone. Please know that I greatly appreciate such efforts, and I’m sure others do as well.

      • jansteyh
        7 months ago

        I agree and disagree with you and Michael
        Your offer to help demonstrates even more that you are a good person
        But I would not label these people haters. They just never learned the concept of gratitude. The last time I wrote a program, I used fortran4. But I REALLY thank you for your effort and will make a (small) donation
        If everyone makes a small donation, you will not be out of pocket

  • How to install multi Linux to SSD hard drive?

  • printlandokhla
    10 months ago

    This is very informative and interesting post.

    • @kevin For an external SSD drive? It’s the same, format it with the right partition format, and use one of this software. I don’t think they all work with USB disks, but Yumi works well, for instance.

  • Using Easy2Boot since last 3-4 years. Very easy to build & use. Just copy or delete ISO image file to respective folder. Can be booted in Legacy or UEFI. For UEFI booting, ISO file to be converted to imgPTN (tool for converting provided). The software supports many custom ISO images.

    Tried WinSetupFromUSB. Only Windows ISO images can be booted in Legacy or UEFI. Other ISO’s can not be booted in UEFI.

  • Steve Si
    9 months ago

    Easy2Boot v1.B9g Beta now has ability to UEFI-boot from ISOs using the a1ive grub2 File Manager. You can also UEFI-boot from EFI, IMG, VHD and WIM files too as well as directly UEFI-boot and run Windows Install ISOs. It also works for Secure Boot too and you can also use agFM to switch-in Windows Install .imgPTN23 files – these are needed if you want to Secure Boot to Windows because Secure UEFI-booting to Windows Install ISOs requires this.

  • Madeleine
    7 months ago

    Your tutorials are very helpful. Thank you.
    15Mar2020: tried to install multisystem package from http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot/. Unfortunately, I failed on add-repository with:

    "Reading package lists... Done                                                
    W: GPG error: http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot all Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4E940D7FDD7FB8CC
    E: The repository 'http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot all Release' is not signed.
    N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default."

    I wonder if others have similar issue.
    Thanks

    • Import the repository public key.

      wget -q -O - http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot/multisystem.asc | sudo apt-key add -

      Then add the official software repository to your system.

      sudo apt-add-repository 'deb http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot all main'

      Update software repository index and install MultiSystem.

      sudo apt update
      
      sudo apt install multisystem
  • Madeleine
    7 months ago

    Still struggling with it. Now I receive:
    ~$ sudo apt install multisystem
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    multisystem : PreDepends: gtkdialog (>= 2:0.8.3-1) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: gtkdialog (>= 2:0.8.3-1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thanks,

    • Which distro and version are you using? It works fine on Ubuntu 18.04. Are you using 19.10?

      Maybe you can try manually installing gtkdialog.

      sudo apt install gtkdialog
  • Madeleine
    7 months ago

    Thank you. I think I tried this. Can’t remember anymore. Even synaptic failed.
    I am using 18.04 (on system76 hardware). BUT, I have recently reinstalled it AFTER a failure to install wine (big mistake!). My architecture was pure amd64. But wine required mixed architecture. After I reinstalled, it kept the mixed architecture x86_64. I don’t understand why. Must have loaded something into the BIOS ?
    This is giving me a lot of grief in other areas.
    So, I plan to wipe EVERYTHING clean and reinstall.

    madeleine

  • Gregory Zeng
    6 months ago

    Thanks for this article. Needed it.
    Just setting up Ubuntu BUDGIE 20.04, final release. Could not locate any type of USB FLASHSTICK program.
    Tried Synaptic. Yet to try Appimage, Snap & Flatpak.
    Tried to install Unetbootin. But it required old support files which are not available (taboo?) in the newest distros.
    Linux Mint has it own version. This version is also available on several other distros.
    Eventually when the next Mint Cinnamon is out, I’ll return to that.

  • Multisystem has just been updated and I can say that it works fine with both lagacy and secureboot UEFI. I have all the flavours of Ubuntu 20.04 on a 32GB USB stick and I can boot on old and new systems.
    I had to format my 32GB USB drive from within the application again to get it to boot on both types of boot devices though.

  • Can you add Etcher?

    For Multisystem, it’s a pain to install as a package, but there’s a very easy way once you burned to a USB, the “Multisystem ISO”. It installs itself as a distro, that can boot your PC and provide several tools, the Multisystem ISO burner, boot-repair, usb-creator (not multiboot).

  • About WinSetupFromUSB, you should point out that in UEFI mode, it will only boot Windows images. In BIOS, it can boot both Windows and Linux.

  • Cheuk Ching Tak Paul
    4 months ago

    Dear Xiao Guoan,

    Got this error when I test the USB with MultiBoot USB – 9.2.0 . Any pointer for me to check.

    Thanks.

    Paul Cheuk.

  • Hi.
    New generation Live USB creator Ventoy – www.ventoy.net
    Just copy .iso file )

  • Carlos Sisek
    3 months ago

    Hi. I have been using Multisystem for a long time and it can work with the Windows 7 ISO image. After installing like any other image, the item “Grub4Dos” is selected and then the bootmanager boot SEVEN / VISTA is loaded.

  • Paul Cheuk
    3 months ago

    You should try Ventoy.

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