Sunday, 24 March 2013

How to Install Windows 8 From a USB Stick

USB Flash Drive image
Almost all the latest laptops,netbooks and ultrabooks have already started to kick out the poor old DVD drive like they did to his Grand Old cousin the “Floppy Drive”. So how do you now install Windows 8 on your laptop/netbook/ultrabook without a DVD drive? Don’t you worry! Microsoft has a cool FREE tool called “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” which will help you create a bootable USB stick that can be used to install Widows 8 on to your computer. Don't get confused by the name, it can also be used to install windows 8.

If you have Downloaded Windows 8 ISO image from Microsoft , then things are pretty easy for you.But those of you have a Windows 8 DVD, you can make an ISO image file out of your Windows 8 DVD by using this simple tool.

Make a Bootable USB Stick Using “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”

You will need a USB stick of at least of 4GB,also make sure that you backup any data on the USB stick so as not to lose it.While copying the Windows 8 files into the USB drive, all the previous data on it gets deleted.Now download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft.

Once you have downloaded and launched the application, select your Windows 8 ISO image by using the “Browse” button.

Install Windows 8 Using USB Drive Step 1

Here we are creating a USB Boot Device, so select the “USB Device” as the media type. 

Install Windows 8 Using USB Drive Step 2

Now select the USB drive which you are going to use for installing Windows 8 and then click “Begin Copying

Install Windows 8 Using USB Drive Step 3

Install Windows 8 Using USB Drive Step 4

Now the tool will Format your USB stick, then copy the Windows 8 installation files to it and make it bootable.

Install Windows 8 From the USB Drive

Now that you have completed the creation of the Bootable USB drive to install Windows 8, let’s begin installing Windows 8.Plug in the USB Boot Drive you just created and Restart your computer.Then open the BIOS settings by pressing F2 or Delete ( varies from system to system) and select the boot device as your USB Flash Drive.Now Save the settings and exit from the BIOS settings.Now your computer should boot from the USB Boot Drive and the Windows 8 installation will begin.Configure your installation settings and your Windows 8 installation will take place as usual.

USB Stick Image Credits: Chapendra/Flickr
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