How to create a Windows 8 bootable USB drive or DVD

With Windows 8 Developer Preview out there, many people have chosen to install it on their spare computer because it is a pre-beta version and it is not ready for daily usage. In fact, it is meant to be used by developers who are looking to make apps for it and for those who’re anxious to lay their eyes on Windows 8. Cnsidering that no developer registration or anything like that is needed, you can easily download the new OS but, how about the installation procedure? Well, the fastest way to install the new OS is with a bootable USB drive — which is really easy to make.

In this article, I will show you how to create a Windows 8 bootable USB drive or DVD. First, you’ll need to download a copy of Windows 8 Developer Preview that will be in an ISO image file. You can do so from here.

Then, you’ll have to download Microsoft USB/DVD Download Tool, which is a little application that is capable of writing the ISO image onto the USB drive or DVD. You can download the application from here.

Install the application and open it. Now, all you have to do is to choose the ISO, choose the USB or DVD drive, click Begin Copy and wait until the process is finished. After all this, you can install Windows 8 onto your computer (or any other) directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

Windows 8 system requirements (same as Win 7):

  • 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) 1.0 or higher driver

P.S. Same procedure applies if you want to create a Windows 7 bootable USB drive or DVD too – the only difference is that you’ll choose a Windows 7 ISO file.

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