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How to windows 8.1 oem disk on ODDless new built computer

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I'm doing my first pc build. I bought a Windows 8.1 64 bit oem dvd. Now my problem is that I do not want to install an optical drive on that pc and tought I could make an ISO copy on a usb flash drive (with another pc) and install it on the new. But when I make ISO copy on windows web site I get this message: "This product key cannot be sue to install a retail version of windows 8.1". What are my options beside buying an external ODD?
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    Copy the disk to an ISO on another system.

    Then you can use something like the Universal USB Installer to make that flash drive + ISO boot almost ANY OS you want.
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

    While this tools is mainly for Linux it works with Windows as well. Please note this tool will ERASE the flash drive. Please copy files off the flash drive first.

    Something like ImgBurn should allow you to make an ISO copy of your Windows 8 DVD
    http://www.imgburn.com/
  2. Can the ISO be done with a 32bit Windows 7 pc? I read on the MS website that to make the iso copy you need a pc with the same architecture.
  3. You can copy the DVD to an ISO on just about any computer.
  4. Sydeal said:
    Can the ISO be done with a 32bit Windows 7 pc? I read on the MS website that to make the iso copy you need a pc with the same architecture.


    The architecture of the OS on the computer you are using to move this data around is completely irrelevant. A system with a 32 bit OS will be able to copy the contents of your purchased disk to an ISO without issue. It will also have no issue using a tool like the Universal USB Installer that nukemaster suggested to extract that ISO to a flash drive.
  5. nukemaster said:
    You can copy the DVD to an ISO on just about any computer.


    I made bootable USB with the Window 8.1 install media(DVD Disk), here's what to do, it's really simple.
    1. Format your USB flash drive to FAT32.
    2. Now here's the simple part, just copy, and paste all files of your Windows 8.1 Install DVD to the USB flash drive.
    3. Make sure in BIOS that UEFI Boot is enabled.
    4. Insert USB Flash drive
    5. Then power up your PC.
    6. Enter the BIOS to see if the USB is detected, (if so you are ready to install)
    7. Now power up PC again, and enter BIOS, then seclect your USB Flash Drive in Boot options and press enter.
    8. Now it should start the Windows 8.1 install process, now just follow the step by step.

    You should be home free, if all is well!
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