In the past we have shown you how to make a bootable Windows 7 flash drive using Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. We are going to use the same exact tool to create a bootable Windows 8 flash drive instead. Here is how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB drive.
Before we begin we need to cover some of the necessary prerequisites.
- You will need an ISO of Windows 8. You can get a copy directly from Microsoft.
- A 4GB flash drive for the 32-bit version of Windows 8 or a 8GB flash drive for 64-bit version of Windows 8.
After you have all prerequisites ready make sure you backup your USB drive. This process will wipe your flash drive. Now that you are ready lets create the bootable USB drive.
Create a Bootable Windows 8 Flash Drive
If you haven’t down already, from our previous post, you will want to download the Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD tool directly from Microsoft, and install it. After you are done installing it, launch the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool. When the tool opens up, you will want to click Browse to the right of the Source File text box.
You will be prompted to locate the Windows 8 ISO file. Find the Windows 8 ISO you downloaded and select it. Click open to continue.
You will be taken back to the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool. Click the Next button at the bottom to continue.
Next you can either chose to burn the ISO to a USB drive, which is what we are going to do, or a DVD. This tool is handy for burning DVD’s, or you can use Windows 7 to burn a DVD. Here is a tutorial on how to burn Windows 8 iso to DVD in Windows 7. When you are ready click USB Device button to continue.
On the next screen you will need to select your USB drive. Make sure you select the right flash drive before you continue. Click Begin copying when you are ready.
You will be prompted that the USB drive will be erased. If you are not ready to format your flash drive click Cancel. Then repeat the steps above. If you are ready click Erase USB Device to continue.
A second prompt will ask you again if you are sure you want to erase all content. Click Yes to continue.
After the finial prompt, your device will be formatted and the Windows 8 ISO will be copied over to your USB drive.
It will take some time for this whole process to complete so step away from the computer for a bit and grab a cup of coffee. By the time you come back, we hope, your USB drive will be ready. Go ahead and close the USB/DVD tool.
Head over to Windows Explorer and open your USB drive. You should see all the files from the Windows 8 ISO copied over to your flash drive.
The next step is to reboot your computer and install Windows 8. Congratulations, you now have a bootable Windows 8 flash drive.