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    How To Create A USB Bootable Installer Drive For Windows 8

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    gammer121™

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    How To Create A USB Bootable Installer Drive For Windows 8

    Post  gammer121™ on 23rd July 2012, 07:46

    Microsoft is now only months away from releasing its new generation of o/s which is Windows 8. Windows 8 has the similar work around system requirements as windows 7.

    This article i am posting today will teach you how to make a bootable version of the windows 8 o/s.

    WARNING : This tutorial is based on the Release Preview of windows 8 and not the final product.

    Getting Stared:

    All you will need is a 4GB USB pen drive formatted and Windows 8 Preview Release, which can be downloaded from here:

    Windows 8 Release Preview Download

    Right, now that you have all that you need, lets get started then shall we?

    1. Step I: Format The USB Drive

    Insert the USB drive to your USB port and follow the following instructions to format it.
    a. Open the command prompt. to do so, please goto start, run and type in cmd and hit enter, this will open the command prompt. NOw that it is open, please type in the following to format it.

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk x (here "x" is the number corresponding to the USB disk, which you need to replace with what is shown in your system)
    clean
    create partition primary
    active
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    exit

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    the above 2 images explain proceedure a

    2.
    Step II: Mount The Windows 8 ISO Image Into A Virtual Drive:

    Burning the ISO image onto a blank DVD is not an option if you don't have an optical drive. You can instead mount the file as a virtual drive. Windows 8 comes with an inbuilt utility; all you need to do is to double-click on the image file and it will get mounted as a virtual drive. However, if you have an older version of Windows, you can use a freeware virtual drive application such as MagicDisc to mount the image.

    Step III: Make The USB Drive Bootable

    This is the important part lets assume drive f as the drive where you have the virtual drive containing windows 8 and drive g your USB drive.

    a. Open the command prompt as mentioned earlier and type in the following
    F:
    cd boot
    bootsect.exe /nt60 g:

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    refer above image, it should look like this.

    b. Now that you have done this, you need to copy the installer files. In order to do so, please do not close the command prompt yet and follow the following instructions.

    xcopy f:\*.* g: /e /f /h

    This command will copy all the files from the virtual drive to the USB drive using the windows explorer. Xcopy copies hidden and system files too.

    Step IV: Boot Off The USB Drive

    To install Windows 8 on your netbook or computer, you must set it to boot through the USB flash drive. To achieve this, shut down your computer, then go into the BIOS (CMOS setup) by pressing <DEL> or <F2> as soon as you power it on, without unplugging the USB stick. Set the USB drive as the primary boot device, save the settings, and restart.

    Once when you have booted to the initial o/s, you can now install windows 8 from the usb drive just like you would have installed any other o/s.

    That's it....done!!!!

    I hope you have enjoyed this article, I however, do appreciate any feedback and or suggestions that you might have or any tutorials that you would like to know.

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