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How-to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Flash Drive

How-to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Flash Drive

In under 24 hours, the Windows 8 developer preview operating system was downloaded more than 500,000 times. Even though it’s only a developer version, an OS in beta, regular users still want to try it out on their system. You can download Windows 8 preview iso and try it out yourself, but before that, you’ll have to know how to get started. What are you going to do once you get hold of the iso?

There are two ways paths that you can choose from here, well three actually, but the third one is something not advisable. After you’ve downloaded the iso, either 64-bit or 32-bit, you’ll need to burn it on to a disc or write it on to a USB flash drive. The easiest is to create a Windows 8 bootable USB flash drive. It doesn’t require much knowledge of things and there are free softwares available. Before you begin, make sure you have a working USB flash drive lying around, preferably 8GB or more.

Step by step guide to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB

The first thing you’d want to do is download a tool called Windows 7 USB/ DVD download tool. After downloading, install it and then run it. You’ll be presented with something like this.

Windows 8 Bootable USB

Click on Browse and select the Windows 8 iso that you downloaded. Once you’re sure that the selected file is the iso and not some other file, click on Next.

You can also click on Start over to roll back everything in case you aren’t sure that you selected the right iso. In the above screen click on USB device, because that’s what we are going to use as our Bootable device.

In the next screen use the drop down menu to select your USB flash drive and then click on Begin Copying. After this, your flash drive will be formatted and the copying process will begin. It will take some time, say 5-10 mins for the process to complete.

That’s it. You’re done. You now have a Windows 8 Bootable USB flash drive!! You can check out my full review of Windows 8 and be inspired to install it on your system too.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Yousuf Khan September 18, 2011, 5:01 pm

    Why to use USB when you can use a DVD?

  • Harsh Agrawal September 19, 2011, 10:26 am

    @Yousuf
    Because it’s faster and most important you don’t need to invest on DVD’s. I believe most of geeks here have USB drive and you can use it to install Windows 8, so it saves time and money.
    Yesterday, I was trying to burn .iso of Windows 8 64bit and I couldn’t install Windows 8 using that DVD as while loading files @installation time, it stuck.

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