How To Install Windows 8 Without Using CD/DVD or VirtualBox
Previously I’ve written two tutorials on installing Windows 8 Developer Preview in VirtualBox and how to create bootable Windows 8 flash drive and install Windows 8 from it. It is also possible to install Windows 8 without using CD/DVD or bootable flash drive. This porcess will be very useful if you don’t have any blank DVD or don’t have any USB key drive handy. After following this installation tutorial we can install Windows 8 developer version inside Windows operating systems (Windows 7, Vista etc) and dual-boot it. This process is very similar to installing Ubuntu inside Windows. In this guide we will be mounting Windows 8 installer virtually and start installation from it.
Guide to install Windows 8 inside windows without CD/DVD or bootable USB flash drive
Things you need –
- Windows 8 Developer Preview Image file (.iso file) download from here
- SiSoft Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware) Download
- 15/20 GB Hard disk partition
- Time – 30 min
First download Windows 8 image files (.iso format) and save in computer’s hard drive. If you are running 32bit Windows then download only 32bit images files. You can download 32bit or 64bit Windows 8 if your current Windows operating system is 64bit. Using SiSoft Virtual CloneDrive we can create virtual drives and mount .iso image files. Daemon tools or Power ISO can also be used for this purpose.
Right click on Windows 8 .iso file and select Mount Files with Virtual CloneDrive
Now open computer and you will notice a new drive is there
open it but don’t click on the setup.exe file as it will not work because currently it is not possible to upgrade to Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows operating systems. So what to do? there is a solution of this problem.
Navigate to ‘sources’ folder and there you will find a setup.exe file, start it and Windows 8 installation will start.
Select desired hard disk partition of size at least 15GB and follow on-screen instructions. When Windows 8 installation completes, you can dual-boot with previous Windows operating systems like Windows 7 or Vista.