Installing Windows 8 From USB

Do you install Windows often on your PC? Do you look for another way out? Do you want to make the same easier with a “bootable Windows USB installation drive”? Are you living in a panic of downloading the setup files and scratching the installation DVD every time you install Windows on your PC?  Check out some of our solutions.

  • CREATE A WINDOWS 8 ISO
  • Installing a free burning program: If you already have a copy of Windows 8 (downloadable ISO) from Microsoft, you can proceed to the next step. Else you can go online to find a free burning program which can create ISO files.
  • Inserting Windows 8 DVD: Open the burning program. Find an option called Create Image or Copy to Image. You can select the DVD drive as your source.
  • Saving ISO file: Choose the file location as per your convenience. The size of your ISO and the copying disk will be equal. So make sure whether there is enough space available in your storage as it can take many Gigabytes of the space. However, it may take you long to create the ISO as it strictly depends on the speed of your hard drive and computer.

 

  • CREATE A BOOTABLE DRIVE
  • Downloading Windows 7 DVD/USB download tool: In spite of the name Windows 7, this tool also works with this version of Windows. Microsoft has made this available for free.
  • Selecting the source file: Click on Browse and select the file that you have created in the first part. After making your selection, click Next to proceed.
  • Selecting the USB device: You will be allowed to create a DVD/USB install. Click on the USB device.
  • Choosing the USB drive from the attached devices: You need to make sure that your flash drive is properly connected. A minimum of 4 GB of space on your flash drive is required to copy the installation. Then click on Begin Copying.
  • Let the program work for a while: It can take up to 15-20 minutes to format the USB drive and copy the ISO file.

 

  • Set the computer to boot from the USB
  • Opening the BIOS: First, set the BIOS to boot from the USB drive. Reset the computer. Hit the key (usually F2, F10, F12 or Del) to enter the setup.
  • Going to the boot menu in the BIOS: Change 1st Boot Device to your USB drive. Make sure that you have inserted it.
  • Saving the changes and rebooting: If you have properly set the boot order, the manufacturer’s logo would disappear and your Windows 8 installation will start loading.

  • Install Windows 8
  • Selecting your language: Once the installation starts, you will be asked to select installation language, time and currency format, input method and your language. Click Next to proceed.
  • Installing: Click on Install Now to start the installation process.
  • Entering your product key: You need to enter the 25 character product key which comes with the purchased copy of Windows 8. In the previous versions, Windows has allowed the users to register the product key within 60 days after the installation. But you don’t have this option in Windows 8.
  • Accepting the license agreement: Read the agreement once and check the box which reads I accept the license terms. Click Next.
  • Selecting custom install: You will be given two options here. Select the Custom install which will ensure you to proceed with a complete installation. Selecting Upgrade may cause performance issues in the long run.
  • Deleting the partition: You will see a window which reads Where do you want to install Windows. You have to clean and delete the old partitions to ensure a safe install. Click on Drive Options (Advanced). Choose the partition of the existing OS and click Delete. If there are multiple partitions on your hard drive, make your choice carefully else you may end up deleting some important stuff. Click Ok to confirm the deletion.
  • Selecting the unallocated space: Select the unallocated space drive and click
  • Let Windows install the files: It may take up to 30 minutes for Windows to install the features and updates. Once it is done, it will take the restart automatically.
  • Let Windows collect the information: Once the computer reboots, you will see a logo of Windows 8. At the bottom, there will be a text reading Getting devices ready__%. This is the time when Windows collects the information from the hardware. Once it is done, the text will read Getting ready. Your PC will take a restart again.
  • Personalising Windows 8: Now you will be prompted to choose and pick the colour scheme for your computer. Then give your PC a name (enter the user’s name). Click You can change this anytime in the settings.
  • Choosing your wireless network: you will be prompted to choose a network. This step will be skipped automatically if you don’t have any wireless card driver installed on your PC.
  • Manage your settings: You will find two options in the settings window. Click on Use express settings to enable Windows Defender, automatic updates and error reporting to Microsoft etc. If you want to set it yourself manually, you can click on the Customize
  • Creating an account: You have to create an account to log in to the Windows. If you are logging in using a Microsoft account, you will be eligible to make all the purchases within the Windows store. Else you can go to the option Sign in without a Microsoft account and enter your e-mail id.
  • Using new Windows: After you choose all your settings, Windows will go through a final loading process. In the meantime, you will be shown several screens to demonstrate the tutorial to use Windows 8. Once the loading is done, you will be ready with your Start screen.