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Installing from USB
Installing from USB
The Windows 8 retail versions include installation software on a DVD. That
works fine for the majority of users, but it is a big problem for those who own
laptops, tablets, or other computers without optical drives. If you don’t have
an optical drive on your computer, you need to take some extra steps to install
A few solutions to this problem exist, such as PXE (Preboot Execution
Environment) network booting to a Windows Deployment Server (a feature of
Windows Server 2008 and newer). However, the most popular and easiest to
configure is a bootable USB lash drive. This is my personal preference as well,
because installing Windows 8 from a USB lash drive is actually much faster
than installing from a DVD.
You need a 4 GB USB lash drive to have enough space to it the entire Windows 8
installation code on the drive. I found that the 4 GB SanDisk Cruzer works well
for booting the Windows 8 installation code and seems to be compatible with a
wide range of computers. However, just about any 4 GB USB lash drive should
work these days.
If you have physical media rather than a digital download ISO file, the
instructions for creating boot media are slightly different. Follow the instructions
relevant for your situation.
Creating the USB Boot Media from a Physical DVD
This section is pertinent if you have access to a Windows PC, XP or newer,
because you need DiskPart to be able to create the USB boot media.
Before you begin it is important to understand that any data on your USB
lash drive used to create the boot media will be permanently deleted because
the process reformats the drive. Save any important documents to another
location before proceeding to the next section.
Preparing the USB Flash Drive
The partitioning and ilesystem on the USB lash drive are important for
booting. Only one partition can be on the device, it must be set to active, and the
ilesystem must be FAT32. Many computers with the new UEFI BIOS replacement
have problems booting USB lash devices with any ilesystem other than FAT32.
Insert the drive into a Windows computer and follow these steps:
1. After the drive has been recognized and installed on the computer, click
the Start button, type DiskPart , and hit Enter.
2. In the DiskPart window, type list disk and hit Enter as shown in Figure 2-1.
3. Locate the Disk # of your USB lash drive. You can easily find it by
looking at the size column. Once you have the ID, type select disk # and hit
Enter. (Replace # with the actual disk ID, such as 1.)