Create a bootable USB stick for installing windows 8.

October 2016

Most of the time nowadays new reasonable priced laptops and tablets ship without an optical drive installed, which make it necessary to have a bootable USB stick to handle a lot of stuff like installing windows or booting to recovery mode.


  • A flash drive (4 GB for 32-bit, 8 GB for 64-bit).
  • Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO image, you can download from Here
  • Windows USB/DVD Download Tool, This tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7/8 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD.

as for your windows product key it can be embedded while building your ISO file, or it can just be saved on a paper to be used later on while installation is taking progress.

Building the bootable media

most of the steps are self explained as per pictures shown bellow:

loading your ISO file

Choose Media Type.

USB device

processing the media

Now that the you have a flash drive or USB based hard drive with the Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installation files on it, you can use it to start the Windows 8 installation process on start-up boot.

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