How to install Windows 10/8 from a USB drive

In this article I’ll show you how to install Windows 8 using a USB stick. I am assuming that you have already downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview. We are going to use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to create Windows 8 bootable USB stick.

Install Windows 10/8 from USB

Step 1:

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool for free from Microsoft.

Step 2:

Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool on your system.

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Step 3:

Go to Start > All Programs > Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool and open the application.

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Step 4:

Now you need to click on browse and select the Windows 8  ISO Image and click next.

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Step 5:

You’ll get two options to choose either USB or DVD, In this case you could select USB.

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Step 6:

Once you select USB click on Begin copying.

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Step 7:

Once it begin first it will format your USB drive and copy the installation files to it.

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You’ll see the above screen once it’s complete. Now you have a bootable USB stick with Windows 8 Developers edition on it.  Make sure you have chose “External Media” in the BIOS as a boot mode.

You may want to check out the system requirements for Windows 8 first:

  • 16 Gigabyte hard drive for 32-bit systems,
    20 Gigabyte for 64-bit systems
  • 1 Gigahertz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 Gigabyte of RAM for 32-bit, 2 Gigabytes of RAM for 64-bit minimum
  • Direct X 9 graphics card
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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one’s and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.