Install Windows 8 from USB Drive [How To Guide]

Windows 8 developer preview is out, and already Windows enthusiasts are hurrying to get their hands on the new Metro style UI designed from scratch for the mobile devices of future.

You can avail Windows 8 developer preview in one of 3 flavors: 32bit, 64Bit (with and without developer tools). Microsoft has released this version of Windows 8 only for developers, those who like to get their hands dirty quickly and come up with some intuitive Metro apps for the upcoming OS.

How to create bootable USB drive to install Windows 8 from ISO

Time has gone by so fast. It was only a while ago that we published an article on how to create bootable USB or DVD to install Windows 7 from an ISO file. And now, we are already doing that for Windows 8!

And yes, the same tool that was used to create a bootable USB for Windows 7 can be used for Windows 8 too. There are 3rd party tools  such as Koala that can also do the job for you.

1. Download and install Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft Store (link at the end of the article).

2. Download Windows 8 developer preview ISO file to your desktop.

3. Run the USB/DVD download tool you downloaded earlier. Launching this will require administrator privileges.

4. Click ‘Browse’ and select the Windows 8 developer build ISO you downloaded in Step 2.

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5. In the next screen, click on ‘USB device’.

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6. Next, you will be asked to insert a USB device. Make sure that the device does not hold any data before you go ahead. Otherwise you may lose your previous data when the tool overwrites the flash drive.

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7. Click ‘Begin copying’ to start the process. It may take several minutes for the tool to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 8.

Once the bootable USB device is ready, you can go ahead and install Windows 8 from it.

In order to do this, you will have to first reboot your system into BIOS mode and enable booting from USB drive. The setup depends on your hardware as well as PC configuration. One of the following steps may work for you.

How to enable booting from USB flash drive in BIOS

1. GENERIC

Open BIOS. Open Advanced Setup, Boot options, or Feature Setup. Specify Boot order.

2. AMI BIOS

Boot into BIOS. Go to Feature Setup. Enable these options: “USB Function Support“, “USB Function For DOS” and “ThumbDrive for DOS“. Go to “Advanced Setup“. Set the “1st Boot Device” to “USB RMD-FDD“.

3. PHOENIX/AWARD BIOS

Boot into BIOS. Go to Advanced BIOS Features. Go to the “1st Boot device” and set it to “USB-ZIP“.

That’s it. You can now restart your PC with the bootable USB drive inserted into it and right away install Windows 8.

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