In this guide you will learn how to make Windows 8 bootable USB and then install windows 8 from that bootable USB flash drive. Windows 8 consumer preview is currently available for download to general public.
Microsoft has improved this Windows 8 consumer preview as compared to developers preview and has fixed tons of bugs. Consumer Preview is the terminology used by Microsoft for Beta release. Windows 8 CP is as polished as an end product ready for the end user, but Microsoft is keen to stress that the software is “not the finished product,” and states that “you should back up your data and you shouldn’t test Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your primary home or business PC.”
If you’re curious to checkout Windows 8 consumer preview, which is available for free to test out, you can easily make a bootable USB and install it on any computer or even dual boot it alongside Windows 7, thanks to Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. The process of making a Windows 8 bootable USB is quite easy and our step-by-step instructions has simplified the process to the extend that even a beginner with basic computer skills will breeze through it.
Make sure to checkout: Windows 8 sytem requirements
How to Make Windows 8 Bootable USB
Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool [Download Link] and install it.
*** If you’re not familiar with 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), simply download the 32-bit Windows 8 ISO file.
Connect a USB flash drive with 8GB or more storage capacity to your computer.
Launch the ‘Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool’ that you downloaded and installed in Step 1.
Click the ‘Browse’ button and select the Windows 8 ISO file, downloaded in Step 2.
and then hit the ‘Next’ button.
On the next screen you’ll be prompted to choose a media type, click on the ‘USB device’ option;
Select your connected USB flash drive from the drop down list and then hit the ‘Begin Copying’ button.
The tool will begin making a bootable USB using the Windows 8 ISO file you provided. The process may take several minutes depending on your USB transfer rate, be patient.
Once the tools is done with making a bootable Windows 8 USB flash drive, reboot your computer, enter BIOS Setup/utility and set your boot priority to USB (or simply boot from USB). Entering BIOS setup differs from PC to PC, we will leave it to users to find out (or Google) how to enter BIOS and set boot priority to USB for their computer.
Once the computer boots from the USB flash drive; follow on-screen instructions to install Windows 8 CP. That’s it! follow the on-screen instruction carefully and in the end you’ll have windows 8 CP installed on your computer with the help of a bootable USB.
Have fun with your new Windows 8 CP and don’t forget to sare your experience in the comments section below…
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