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How To Install Windows 8 Using a USB 3.0 Flash Drive

This Tutorial addresses:
  • Flash Drive
  • Windows 8
  • USB3
Although there can be several ways to install Windows 8 using USB 3.0 Flash Drive, the easiest way to get the job done successfully is to connect the USB 3.0 Flash Drive to the USB 2.0 port of the computer in order to make the flash drive bootable.

Since Windows 8 has USB 3.0 drivers integrated in it, the USB 3.0 Flash Drive can be connected to the USB 3.0 port of the computer after it has been made Windows 8 bootable installation media. In case the USB 3.0 Flash Drive fails to work with USB 3.0 port of the computer during installation, it can be again connected to the USB 2.0 port to install Windows 8 computer using the flash drive.

Since installation of Windows 8 through USB is faster as compared to when installed from a DVD, connecting the USB 3.0 Flash Drive to the USB 2.0 port of the computer would hardly delay the installation process by 5 to 6 seconds.

How to Install Windows 8 using a USB 3.0 Flash Drive?

In order to install Windows 8 using a USB 3.0 flash drive, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed:

  1. Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account.

  2. Make sure that a USB 3.0 flash drive with minimum 4 GB of space or higher is connected to the USB 2.0 port of the computer.

  3. Also ensure that Windows 8 installation media is inserted into the optical media drive. Alternatively an ISO image of Windows 8 can also be used.

  4. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.

  5. Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner.

  6. From the displayed options, click Search.

  7. From the Search pane in the right, make sure that Apps category is selected.

  8. In the Apps field, type CMD.

  9. From the displayed results on the Apps window, right-click Command Prompt.

  10. From the displayed advanced options at the bottom, click Run as administrator.

  11. On User Account Control confirmation box, click Yes to provide administrative consents to
    open Command Prompt with the elevated privileges.

  12. On the opened Command Prompt window, type DISKPART command, and press Enter.

  13. On DISKPART prompt, type LIST DISK and press Enter.

  14. From the displayed result, view the available hard disks attached to the computer.

    Note: The sequence of the disks may change according to the hard disks or removable disks attached to the computer.

  15. Then, type SELECT DISK 1 and hit Enter. (Where DISK 1 is the USB 3.0 flash drive that is to be used to boot and install Windows 8, in this demonstration)

  16. Then, type CLEAN command and press Enter to clean the selected disk.

  17. Once cleaned, type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY command and hit Enter.

  18. Then, type ACTIVE command and press Enter.

  19. Once done, type FORMAT FS=NTFS command and press Enter to initiate formatting the created partition with NTFS file system.



  20. Once formatting process completed successfully, type ASSIGN and press Enter.

  21. Then, type EXIT to exit from the DiskPart utility.

  22. Once done, type F:\BOOT\BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: command, and press Enter to make the flash drive bootable. (Where F is the drive letter of Windows 8 installation DVD or ISO image mounted on a virtual CD/DVD drive, and H is the drive letter of flash drive that is to be made bootable)



  23. Then type EXIT to close the Command Prompt.

  24. Copy entire contents of the Windows 8 installation DVD or ISO image, and paste to the bootable 3.0 flash drive.

  25. Once done, restart the system, and enter into BIOS.

  26. In the BIOS menu, modify the BIOS settings to make the computer to boot from USB removable drive support.

  27. Once done, press F10 to save the BIOS settings, and restart the computer.

  28. As system restarts, follow on-screen instructions thereafter to install Windows 8 from USB 3.0 flash drive.

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