Creating a bootable Windows 8 USB stick is not a very complicated process, but there are few things you should be aware of. First of all, there are plenty of methods which can be used in this regard, some of which are more complex than the others. Secondly, before creating the bootable stick it’s recommended to backup all the data from it (if any), and even better, to backup the important files from your PC too. Thirdly, you have to make sure that you have enough space in your stick to copy the Windows 8 installer files. A minimum of 4GB will be required for the 32-bit version, while the 64-bit version will ask you for at least an 8GB stick. At last but not least, you’ll have to download the Windows 8 ISO file in order to start the creation process. Below I’m going to present you 3 methods that can be successfully used to make a bootable Windows 8 USB Stick.
- Using built-in Windows tools
This is one of the simplest way of creating the bootable stick, since it doesn’t require any additional tools.
1) Format the stick in FAT32 by right-clicking it from My Computer and selecting “Format…”.
2) Mount the Windows 8 ISO image with Daemon Tools (or other ISO Mounting software), or simply extract it to a certain location and open it.
3) Copy all the files and folders found inside it and paste them to your stick.
4) Go to Start > Run > cmd (the “cmd” command requires administrator rights)
5) Create the bootable stick by using the command prompt. To do this simply type in; F: (enter), cd boot (enter), bootsect / nt60 (enter). Please note that F is your drive letter in this case.
That’s it, your PC will now boot from the USB stick at restart (given that the USB Drive is selected as “primary boot device” in the BIOS options).
- Using Windows 8 USB Installer Maker
Windows 8 USB Install Maker is a free application that works under Windows Vista and higher. It features a very simple and intuitive interface which resembles the Windows 8′s modern panel.
1) Download the application. This can be done through Softpedia, CNET or any other mirrors. Softpedia link
2) Unzip the contents using any archiver software and open Win8USB.exe.
3) Now you’ll access to the program’s interface. First off, you’ll have to select the USB drive which you want to install Windows 8 to. Next, simply select the location of your Windows 8 ISO file via the “Search ISO” button, tick the “Format Drive” box, and click “Create”. Your new bootable stick will be ready in minutes.
- Using WinUSB Maker
WinUSB Maker is a tool similar to the above-mentioned one, only that a little more complex. If you’d like more transfer options for your bootable stick, then you should definitely go with this one.
2) Run the .exe file (make sure you have administrative privileges).
3) Select the USB stick that you want to install Windows 8 on and proceed to “Setup to USB”.
4) Select the location of your Windows 8 installation and select the corresponding option (whether you have it in ISO format or extracted to a directory). Make sure to also tick the FAT32 box for extra compatibility. Click on the “Make USB Bootable” button.
That’s it, your bootable stick will now be automatically created. If you want more options you can also check the other features of this app, such as “GRLDR to USB” (transfer the GRUB Loader to your USB device), “MSDOS to USB” (transfer the Microsoft DOS to your USB), “Full USB Backup” (make a full backup of your USB), etc.
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