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win32-loader fetching the Debian Installer under Windows Vista
win32-loader fetching the Debian Installer under Windows Vista
Developer(s)Robert Millan
Didier Raboud
Initial releaseMay 18, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-05-18)
Stable release
0.7.8+deb8u1 / April 26, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-04-26)
Operating systemWindows 95 / 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
TypeDebian-Installer loader
LicenseGPL (version 3)
The setup has been completed

win32-loader (officially Debian-Installer Loader )[1] is a component of the Debian Linux distribution that runs on Windows and has the ability to load the actual Debian installer either from the network (as in the version in an official website) or from CD-ROM media (as in the version included in Jessie CD images).

win32-loader was born as an independent project, for which only the network version was available. Later the code went through a long review and polishing process to become part of the official Debian distribution.


win32-loader strongly relies on projects such as NSIS, GRUB 2, loadlin and Debian-Installer to perform its task. Additionally, it has drawn inspiration and ideas from similar projects such as Wubi and Instlux.


  • Auto-detects 64-bit (x86-64) support in host CPUs, and automatically selects the x86-64 flavor of Debian whenever supported, completely transparent to the user.
  • Detects a number of settings from the Windows environment (time zone, proxy settings, etc.) and feeds them to the Debian Installer via a "preseeding" mechanism so that the user doesn't have to select them.
  • Translated to 51 languages. The selected language is displayed for user interaction since the first template, and is seamlessly passed on to the Debian Installer via "preseeding".

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DebianInstaller/Loader - Debian Wiki". Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ Instlux - openSUSE

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