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How to Download and Install Windows 8 Using USB Flash Drive

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Recently Microsoft has launched Developer preview of  their latest operating system called Windows 8 in both 32-Bit and 64-Bit flavors. We have also reported you about windows famous Blue Screen of death(BSOD) which has been completely redesigned. Yesterday, we have also discussed about Windows 8 for tablets which is being considered strong  competitor  with already available tablets. Today, we are going to guide you step by step about How to download and install Windows 8 using Flash Drive.

  1. Download Windows 8 Developer Preview .iso file on your computer. Make sure you choose the correct version as both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors are available. It is pertinent to mention here that currently no installer available for computers with ARM-based processors.
  2. If you are an experienced user of windows 7 operating system then you must be knowing that Microsoft now allows you to install Windows using Flash driver rather than forcefully doing it through optical disc drive.
  3. Currently there is no Windows 8 specific tool available yet. Therefore, you can download the Windows 7 tool from the Microsoft Store and use it for Windows 8.
  4. A file called Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe will be downloaded with a name called Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe. Double click “run” when prompted.
  5. Clicking Next, and then Install button.

  6. Once installation is complete, just click the finish button.
  7. Once the install is completed, the next step is to go to windows startup menu and find the Windows 7 USB Download Tool directory. As soon as you run it you will get a popWindows UAC warning message, just click “allow” to continue.
  8. Now you need to identify where your ISO file is located. Press the browse button and go to the folder where you have saved your Windows 8 ISO. Click the Next button.
  9. In this step you need to confirm on which media type you want to burn Windows 8 .iso file but as we are going to do it through USB so choose the USB device option.
  10. Now you need to make sure that your USB flash drive is properly plugged in your computer/laptop and then choose it from drop down list..
  11. In next step your USB Flash drive will be automatically formatted and will make available 8GB space free for Windows 8. Click the Erase button to proceed.
  12. Just a confirmation from Microsoft before starting formatting process if you have any important data stored on USB
  13. At this stage it will format your USB device and copy all data from ISO file onto your flash drive. Moreover, it will also enable your flash drive as bootable.
  14. Once you get on to this step you need to understand that this procedure is going to vary from computer to computer. The reason behind this is because you need to setup your first booting devices as USB Flash and not all computer supports boot from USB. Make sure you setup your boot priority by going to BIOS boot setup by hitting F1, F10, Del, Esc, or some other special function.

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