How To Make A Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive

In this post I’m stepping away, briefly, from Microsoft Dynamics GP but will return in to it in my next post.

Microsoft have recently released a raft of new versions, including Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Management Reporter 2012 Rollup 3, and to test I’ve been installing a few new virtual machines with Windows Server 2012 and have also updated a couple of machines with Windows 8 and, because they’re new machines without DVD players in them, to do this I used the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool which is available for free download from the Microsoft CodePlex|Project Hosting for Open Source Projects site in order to create a bootable USB drive.

I thought a step by step guide for others needing to install Windows 8 (or other version of Windows) might be of benefit. So after downloading the utility from the above link, double click the downloaded setup file to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard;

Welcome to the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard

Click next to proceed from the Welcome page, and then click next again on the Ready to install page;

Ready to install Windows 7 USB/DDV Download Tool

One thing I found slightly disconcerting during the install was that the next step was a Completed install page rather than one to select the install location;

Completed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard

Now that the install has been completed, the application can be started. The first step is to choose the ISO file to create the bootable drive from;

Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file

In this example, I am installing Windows 8 x86;

Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file

After clicking next, Step 2 of 4 is to choose the media type: either DVD or USB device;

Step 2 of 4: Choose media type

To create a bootable USB drive select USB Device and then, in Step 3, select the USB device (in my case an 8GB USB pen drive) to use for the bootable device and click Begin copying;

Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device

If the USB device contains files already you’ll be warned that the device must be erased to continue;

Not Enough Free Space: The selected USB device F:\ (Removable Disk) must be erased in order to continue. Do you want to erase all contents from this device?

And then be warned that all contents of the device will be lost if you do proceed;

Not Enough Free Space: You have selected to erase all of the contents from the selected USB device F:\ (Removable disk). All contents on this device will be lost. Are you sure you want to do this?

The process of copying the files across to the USB device will take a few minutes;

Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device

Once finsihed, the USB device can be unplugged from the PC and used to install Windows on the destination machine;

Cick Start over only if a second ISO image needs to be extracted to a USB device, otherwise close the application. The newly created, bootable, USB drive can now be used to install Windows.

Ian Grieve

About Ian Grieve

Ian is a Microsoft Dynamics GP certified consultant specialising in the delivery of Microsoft Dynamics GP projects and currently working for Perfect Image Ltd., a Microsoft Partner and VAR in the North East of England. Ian has worked with Microsoft Dynamics GP since 2003 and, over the nine years since, has dealt with all aspects of the product life-cycle from presales, to implementation, to technical and functional training, to post go-live support and subsequent upgrades and process reviews. In his spare time, Ian runs the azurecurve | Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant blog dedicated to Microsoft Dynamics GP and related products.
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