Windows 8 craze has started, now everyone is eager to test it. Windows 8 is released and available for purchase. If you want to test upcoming Windows 8 operating system in your computer, then you can do this in two ways- installing Windows 8 virtually in VirtualBox/VMware or installing Windows 8 physically in your computer’s hard disk. Installing Windows 8 physically in the computer can be done in two ways - burning Windows 8 image file into a blank DVD or using a bootable USB flash drive.
I’ll recommend you to install from USB flash drive because it will be faster, and you don’t need to use any blank DVD. Creating bootable Windows 8 is very simple, and it takes hardly 10 minutes to complete and in this process you don’t need to mess up with the windows command prompt. In my earlier post, I’ve written a post about creating bootable Windows 7 from .iso file, using same way we can make Windows 8 bootable USB pen drive.
How to create Windows 8 bootable USB flash drive and install Windows 8 from USB flash drive
Thing you need-
- Windows 8 Image file (.iso file)
- Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool
- Flash drive (minimum 4GB)
- Time -10 min
To create a Windows 8 bootable USB flash drive we will be taking the help of Microsoft’s official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Using this software we can create bootable flash drive or burn DVD from .iso file. So first download the software and install it.
Now start Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from the Start menu.
Browse and choose the Windows 8 .iso file and click Next
Now select USB device
In this step select the drive letter of USB flash drive (be careful) and click Begin Copying. Now this tool will extract the Windows 8 .iso image file to the USB flash drive.
This process will take almost 10 minute time. When all the processes are complete eject USB flash drive.
Reboot computer and enter BIOS, select the USB flash drive as first boot device and save settings. Next time when you start computer then it will boot from USB flash drive. Windows 8 installation will start, just follow simple instructions and you will be able to install Windows 8 from USB flash drive without using CD/DVD.
If you need any more help then please leave a comment.