Published on March 1st, 2012 | by sainikbiswas


How to create a bootable USB Windows 8 Consumer Preview Installer?

The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a installer for your Windows 8 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable USB based installer all you need is an ISO of your Windows 8 Consumer Preview DVD and a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of space.

Download and install Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. For Installers in other languages click here.For Windows XP Users
The following applications must be installed prior to installing the tool:
Microsoft .NET Framework v2 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.
Microsoft Image Mastering API v2 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.

Run the program.

Step 1: Choose your Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO. Here I have already browsed and selected my Windows 8 32 bit ISO file.

Step 2: Select your USB Drive Option.

Step 3: You can see below that I have 2 USB Flash Drives. One is 4 GB & the other is 2 GB. Selecting the 2 GB USB Flash Drive will give an error as you need at least 4 GB USB Drive. Selecting you 4 GB Drive will format your flash drive completely before file copy of setup can begin. So backup your flash drive files before you “Begin Copying”.

You will receive a dialog box with “Erase USB Device” option. Selecting the option will format your USB drive and copying of setup files will begin. You will receive a final warning as all your flash drive files will be deleted. Select “Yes”.

Step 4: Now all you can do is wait for file copy to complete and your installer to get ready. Copying usually takes 10 to 15 minutes.

In order to boot from the bootable USB, turn on your computer and select the USB device from the “Select Boot Device Menu” of your computer’s BIOS. The Windows 8 installer will start loading files from your USB Drive and begin installation of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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