How to create a bootable USB Drive for Windows 8 OS

How to create a bootable USB Drive for Windows 8 OS

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Ever been in this situation, your computer or laptop is not booting and throwing BootMGR or NTLDR missing errors at start up and you are all stuck and left with only option of reinstalling windows. Well! In this case, usually you go with the traditional way of OS installation by using bootable CD\DVD but keeping a CD\DVD safely and scratch-proof is another problem. So being able to reinstall Windows using a USB can be a big help and to do this all you need to do first is create a bootable Windows USB drive. This way of OS reinstallation is also helpful when you are having the laptop which comes without DVD drive.

All you need to do is to borrow friend’s laptop to make bootable USB drive as your one is not booting.

Here’s everything you need to know about the process :

  1. Download the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool from here and run it.

  2. Select the Language from the first drop-down menu.

  3. Then select the Edition of Windows you want to install. Your choices are: Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 N, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro N and Windows 8.1 Single Language.

  4. In the third drop-down menu next to Architecture choose whether you want a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the OS. If your computer has less than 3GB RAM, then pick 32-bit. If it has more than 3GB RAM, pick 64-bit. If you need to see which version you’re running right now, right click on My Computer and select Properties. There, you’ll see the information you need under Windows Edition and System type respectively.

  5. Click Next.

  6. Plug in a USB drive to your computer. Make sure that it has at least 4GB space. If there’s any important data on the drive, create a backup as this process will erase the pen drive completely.

  7. Now you’ll be asked to choose where to save the ISO file. Choose USB flash drive.

  8. Click Next.

  9. You’ll see a list of USB drives connected to your computer. Select your pen drive from the list and click Next.

  10. Now the Media Creation Tool will begin downloading the ISO straight to your pen drive. When the download completes, click Finish.

Booting and installing Windows :

Now you have a bootable pen drive ready for Windows 8 and can boot this drive to install Windows 8. Installing Windows is quite simple however the steps leading up to it may change a bit depending on the manufacturer of your computer and hence We have added a quick explanation below on how to proceed.

When you are turning ON the computer, on the very first screen, you’ll see a text which says something like “Press Del to Enter BIOS”. Press whatever key is listed – this is usually Delete or one of F1, F2, F8, or F12 – when the computer is booting, to enter the BIOS. There, you need to find a menu like Advanced BIOS settings and set USB as the primary boot device. Now, you need to save and exit BIOS by F10 key. Now plug in the USB and reboot, you’ll start the install process for Windows on your computer by pressing the listed key on screen and follow the on screen instructions to install Windows in your computer\laptop to enjoy the latest and smooth Win 8.

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