How-to Create Bootable Windows 8 USB Flash Drive
I recently wrote a complete review on the new features of Windows 8 developer preview. Microsoft unveiled it at the Build conference and everyone really liked it, specially because of the Metro UI and certain other new features. If you were impressed by it too, then you’re probably wanting to install it real bad. Since, Microsoft is allowing anyone to download the developer preview with requiring any activation, you can download it too.
You can choose between the 64-bit version or the 32-bit version depending on your hardware. It’s always best to try out the 32-bit version and it’s also not as big as the 64-bit version in size. 2.8 gigabytes away and you’ll have the 32-bit Windows 8 developer preview resting on your Desktop or wherever you downloaded it to. The fastest and easiest way to install is to create a bootable Windows 8 USB flash drive. The process is faster, thus taking less time and giving you lesser errors if any.
Follow this tutorial to create a bootable Windows 8 USB flash drive and install the OS on your notebook or PC with ease.
Step by step guide to create Bootable USB drive using Windows8.iso:
To begin with, a 8GB USB flash drive would be necessary and you will also require the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, which can be downloaded from here.
After downloading and installing the tool, start it up. Make sure you have with you the Windows 8 developer preview .iso and the flash drive inserted in the port.
Now use the Browse button to located the downloaded .iso and select it. Click on Next to proceed further. If you selected the wrong .iso, do not panic, as you can Start over.
Since we are using a USB Flash drive to install Windows 8, select USB device in this step. In the next step, you’ll be asked to select your flash drive.
Choose your respective Flash Drive and hit the Begin Copying button. If you’re not sure about anything, then this is the last chance you’d get to roll back. In case you do not find your flash drive in the drop-down menu, try using the Refresh button next to it. The copying process will take about 5-10 mins maximum depending on the speed of your USB flash drive.
There you go! Your Bootable USB device created successfully.
Now you can use this bootable flash drive to install Windows 8 on your system. Remember, it’s always best to perform a fresh install.
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