Installing Windows 8 using USB

|  Posted: October 21, 2012  |  Categories: General Technical Windows
Tags: MAC Windows 8

When you buy a netbook it’s most likely there won’t be DVD drive. So it’s getting more important to have the ability to install an OS from a USB device. In the past it was a real pain to get the USB drive bootable, you need to fiddle around with Diskpart utility and follow the sequence correctly.

Now it’s very straight forward, thanks to the Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool (they must have named it something like Windows Installer via USB/DVD, because it’s nothing to do with Windows 7.). It’s a small utility, which helps to burn your .ISO file into a DVD or USB in a bootable format. In the past I used ImgBurn to burn the DVD from .ISO, but now I can use this tool.

Get your USB key ready, and download the ISO file from MSDN.

The wizard is very straight forward 4 step process

1. Choose ISO file

USB/Download Tool Step 1

2. Choose media type

USB/Download Tool Step 2

3. Pick up the right USB drive from the drop down list

USB/Download Tool Step 3

4. Click Begin copying, there will be couple of warning messages saying your USB drive will be erased. The copying will take few minutes

USB/Download Tool Step 4

5. Once it’s done you’ll see the confirmation screen.

USB/Download Tool Step 5

Now you can easily install the new OS in your preferred computer from the USB disk.

In my case I had to follow this route because I was not able to install Windows 8 on my MacBook using the DVD. When the machine starts to boot from a DVD, it got stuck in the screen saying “Select CD-ROM Boot Type” with option 1 and 2. But you can’t enter anything. The Keyboard was not recognized and kind of stuck.

Doing the install via the USB didn’t ask me anything and installer kick started smoothly.

MacBook starting Windows 8 Installation

Finally, here you go my desktop and 6 year old MacBook both running on Windows 8, did you note the synchronized screens. That’s the beauty of Windows 8

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Author: Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar is the Founder and CTO of BizTalk360, an enterprise software that acts as an all-in-one solution for better administration, operation, support and monitoring of Microsoft BizTalk Server environments.

  • I have had similar issues installing other verions of windows on macs. Here is a solution that does not involve creating a bootable USB.

    Source: http://blog.andersonshatch.com/2009/11/08/select-cd-rom-boot-type-prompt-during-vista-server-2008-r2-windows-7-x64-boot-on-macbook/
    1. Download Vista SP1/2008/Windows 7 x64 ISO from MSDN (Microsoft), or grab your CD 2. Create 3 folders c:efi-iso c:efi-exe c:efi-dvd 3. Download oscdimg.exe from here and extract into c:efi-exe 4. Extract iso using 7-Zip or WinRAR (Or copy the contents of the DVD) into c:efi-dvd 5. Start up a command prompt (Start -> Run -> cmd) 6. Type: cd c:efi-exe
    7. Type: oscdimg -n -m -bc:efi-dvdbootetfsboot.com c:efi-dvd c:efi-isowindows7.iso
    P.S. Looking forward to you BizTalk360 v5 demo tomorrow 😀

    • Good to know, but above solutions just worked and took very little time 🙂

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