Is it possible to create a dual bootable USB drive with Windows 8 and Linux?

LDBtweets March 12, 2013

I’d like to create an emergency dual bootable USB drive that would allow me to boot either with Windows 8 or Linux.

I know Windows 8 Enterprise allows me to create a USB drive “on the go” as well as I know Linux allows me to create a bootable USB to load/use Linux on any PC.

My question is, can I create a dual bootable USB drive with these two options?

  1. julien croy
    March 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    You can dual boot, your could either create separate partitions, one for linux and one for windows. There are tools out there for doing that, ive created a dual boot live usb, it was very easy to set up because I used Good luck

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    It is possible if you have enough space (Windows tend to take up a lot). Use SARDU or similar tool to make Multiboot USB. If you're going to make emergency USB, why not load it with rescue CDs plus one or two Linux distro rather than a full Win8? My emergency USB is only 8GB, containing two flavors of Puppy Linux, some rescue CDs, and various portable apps for Windows.

  3. susendeep dutta
    March 13, 2013 at 11:54 am
  4. Junil Maharjan
    March 13, 2013 at 4:51 am

    There is xboot which can create a multiple boot cd or usb but i don't know if it works for windows. it does work with linux and other tools.

  5. Oron Joffe
    March 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds possible, though I have to admit I've never tried this combination. Head over to and try the tools there.

  6. Gaurav Joshi
    March 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    use sardu download and extract it put yours iso windows8 and linux int ISOs folder of sardu rename it according to name provided in Sardu Utility's button 's tool tip

  7. Austin H
    March 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    It certainly sounds possible, but depends on the size of the USB drive since you'd have to create at least two partitions (as well as any additional partitions an OS might require) with enough memory to do what ever it is that you are trying to do. I know that quite a few Linux distros have slimmed down versions to fit easily on 2-4GB USB drives, but 'm not sure if Windows 8 does the same. Good luck!

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