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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.

Where to Download Windows 8 Developers Preview [Update]

Microsoft has finally launched the first developer preview for their code-named operating system Windows 8 and it will be available for download later today. Remember the preview of this amazing operating system that was showcased at the D9 conference earlier this year. Windows 8 is a completely redesigned and cross-platform operating system that will change Windows forever. The whole user interface is based on the Metro UI, I’m sure you’ve heard of it or even used that before.

Earlier today, on September 13, Microsoft unveiled this operating system to developers, bloggers, journalists and the media at their Build conference. We’re going to write a complete review on all the features later today, so stay tuned for that. Here are few screenshots of the latest build will look on your desktop if you plan on trying it out.

For now, all you have to be excited is ‘ where to download the Windows 8 developer preview ‘ from. All the attendees of the conference were also presented with a Samsung built Tablet PC running on the developer preview, you know, so the rest of the world can be jealous about it. It runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, has a 11.6 IPS display from Samsung, 64GB SSD and lots of RAM. So Jealous!!

Well, don’t worry folks. So what if you were not presented with a tablet, you can still check this out on your own system. Be sure that you make a new partition, just in case you blow up your dear computer.

You can download Windows 8 developer preview from Microsofts developer website dev.windows.com and then install it on your system. It will be available for download in a few hours. Be sure to keep an eye on the website. Also, no activation required. If you were wondering how to watch the Windows 8 keynote online, you can do the same by visiting www.buildwindows.com.

UPDATE: As promised, the Windows 8 developer preview can now be downloaded from dev.windows.com.

You can also download Windows 8 preview by using these direct links.

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) – 4.8GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) – 3.6GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) – 2.8GB

Have fun with Windows 8.