How to Create a Bootable Windows 8 USB Flash Drive

Microsoft just pushed out the developer preview version of Microsoft windows 8 operating system yesterday during the build windows 8 conference. Windows 8 now available for download at new developer website of windows. If you still not downloaded windows 8 developer preview, download it from below links.

  • Download Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
  • Download Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
  • Download Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7, the minimum system requirement is added below.

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Once you downloaded windows 8 iso file on your computer, next step is to create a bootable USB drive for windows8.If you want you can use normal DVD to create bootable windows 8 disc.

There are different methods to create a bootable USB drive for windows 8.Here I am showing you the working method. This method actually used for windows 7 but working perfectly on windows 8 too. This tool we are using for crating bootable windows 8 USB is coming from Microsoft,so you can trust this application 100%.

Step 1: Install Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. Normally this tool ships, if you purchased any goods from Microsoft store. If you don’t have this tool, download it from below link and install it.

Download Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here.

Windows 8-bootable-usb

Step 2: Once installation finished please open Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and click on browse to select the Windows 8 iso file and move to next step by clicking the next button.

Create-Bootable-Windows 8 -USB

Step 3: Now the tool will ask you for the media type select USB if you wan to create a Bootable windows 8 USB drive or select DVD if you want to create Bootable windows 8 DVD disc.


Step 4: In the next screen your USB or DVD device will appear automatically, if not please refresh and select the device by clicking the arrow button. Now click on begin copying button.

Bootable-Windows 8-USB

Step 5 : Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool now format your entire USB.So please wait for few minutes and the tool will automatically start copying files to your USB.If you have any data on the USB drive you will get another prompt warning and  all the data will be wiped out if you click Yes.

 Windows 8-USB-Creation

The format will be very quick, while the copying of the files will take a little bit more time (about 10 to 15 minutes).

 Windows 8-USB-drive

I hope you also now know,how to create bootable USB drive for windows 8 now. Let me know if you have any difficulties in creating a bootable USB drive for windows 8.

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