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Tutorial : Install Windows 8 from a Bootable USB drive

I am running my Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Acer Iconia w500. It comes with a 32 GB HDD so if I already have on OS on there and if I try to reinstall the new build , it start to whinge about freeing up space on the drive and what not. Luckily I can put the Windows 8 Release Preview ISO on to a USB drive , make the drive bootable and then it’s a simple process of reinstalling the OS. Today we will tell you how to get Windows 8 ISO on to a USB drive.

You will need :

  1. A USB stick that will hold the ISO image ( depending on the 32/64 bit version you are looking at something around 4/8 GB )
  2. Windows 8 Release Preview ISO get them here.
  3. UltraISO ( the free version should do the job ) download it here

n00b TIP :

Make a note of the Product Key for Windows 8 Release Preview : TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF you will need it during installation.

Se lets begin the tutorial
Step 1: Install UltraISO and fire it up.. click on continue to try. Go to File >> Open or press “Ctrl+O” and open up the ISO file , you will find the content of the ISO on the right hand side. like the image below

UltraIso

UltraIso

Step 2: Go to Botable >> Write Disk Image.

Make Bootable USB

Make Bootable USB

Step 3: Make sure ‘USB+HDD’ option is selected under Write Method ( it should be that by default ), make sure your USB key is selected as the Disk Drive and click on Write.

Step 3

Step 3

That is it, now plug in the USB , reboot the Tablet and you are all set. If you have any questions shoot away in the comments section


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  • Francis

    I uninstalled all the updates, applications, changed folder options to show hidden files and folders… Went to the user folder and deleted the setup folder and wala I got 18gb empty space on my HDD. I am using the Acer w500 as well..

    Windows 8 rules…

    • http://www.bestwp7games.com Saijo George

      thanks for letting us know :)

  • N.D.

    I found this method by accident while trying to update my W500:

    - Download the update
    - At the install menu, use the “usb” option (you will need a clean usb drive)
    - With the USB connected, go to the settings menu on Win 8 consumer preview
    - Now go to the refresh/reset computer menu (under general, I think)
    - Reset.
    (it will delete all your files and install the new version from the USB)
    DONE!

  • asaad

    God bless your heart :)

    can i translate your method to an Arabic forum .. i will mention that it came from here :)

  • N.D.

    No problem. I hope this can help.

    • N.D.

      I mean, my post, if that was your question. :)

  • iTobiasWP7

    You can so this more easily by just using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, to copy and make it bootable. (Also works fine with Windows 8) Link: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool (scroll a bit down and click on “1.Click to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file.”

    Greetings
    iTobiasWP7

    • http://www.bestwp7games.com Saijo George

      Thanks mate :)

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    thnks for your sharing!!