Anyone found a way to create a Win 8.1 bootable USB stick??

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by ady199, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. ady199

    ady199 MDL Senior Member

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    Anyone found a way to create a Win 8.1 bootable USB stick??

    I've tried a number of tools including MS USB Tool, Rufus, Universal USB maker, Power ISO but none of them seem to work.

    Can anyone please let me know what I can use to make a bootable Windows 8.1 USB stick?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    all the mentioned tools work perfectly. Problem must be at your end
     
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  3. JumpyJim

    JumpyJim MDL Novice

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    I used the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool without any problems.
     
  4. Mannlich

    Mannlich MDL Member

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    Are you attempting to create a bootable stick out of the x64 PRO ISO? If so, you'll need something larger than a 4GB stick. Otherwise, Rufus works just fine. I've used it to create bootable usb sticks for all Windows 8.1 ISOs.
     
  5. junior0319

    junior0319 MDL Novice

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    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk ?
    clean
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=ntfs quick label=”Win8-RP-x64”
    exit
    Leaving DiskPart...


    5) Now we need to copy the boot sector. You should still be in the command prompt window


    C:\Windows\system32>g:
    G:\>cd boot
    Run "bootsect /help" for detailed usage instructions.


    G:\boot>bootsect /nt60 e:
    Target volumes will be updated with BOOTMGR compatible bootcode.
    Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes.
    G:\boot>exit


    That method worked for me. :)
     
  6. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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  7. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    Try Universal usb installer it works perfect !!
     
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  8. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    Novicorp WinToFlash, I think it will be worked.
     
  9. MrJyrks

    MrJyrks MDL Novice

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    There is absolutely no need to copy boot sector for Windows 8, AFAIK.
    Just open cmd and then write
    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk ?
    clean
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=ntfs or format fs=FAT32 // Now this depends whether you plan to install it in uefi mode or legacy bios mode. (some pc-s dont have uefi) For legacy bios it doesn't matter much which one you choose but ntfs is faster, but for uefi, the boot stick must be formatted as FAT32 or it won't boot
    exit
    exit



    Now just mount the ISO and copy over the contents and you're done.
     
  10. Kynyo

    Kynyo MDL Novice

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    Best option is to use ZOTAC WinUSB Maker (JoshCell Software)!
     
  11. Krkan

    Krkan MDL Junior Member

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    I had problems using a 4gb stick, a 16gb one worked first try.
     
  12. sureshabhi777

    sureshabhi777 MDL Junior Member

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    Yes 100% working.................
     
  13. ady199

    ady199 MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks for all the replies - will try it again
     
  14. Niekess

    Niekess MDL Addicted

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    I just removed all content on my USB and placed the ISO files in it by dragging and dropping.
    Plugged it into my Surface, pressed power and held the volume down for ~5 seconds and got into the installation.. :p
     
  15. Helmutcheese

    Helmutcheese MDL Member

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    Some USB 3.0 sticks will not let you install Windows from them but will boot and get as far as choosing the Drive to install to then fails.

    My SanDisk Extreme 64GB is like this and I read others have same issue due to the fact it uses SSD tech with a USB interface unlike Corsairs (soon to launch after a hitch) worlds 1st native USB stick (so they claim).

    My older Corsair GT 4GB works fine though.
     
  16. Illusory_Dream

    Illusory_Dream MDL Novice

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    UltraISO

    work !

     
  17. sunnyboy1985123

    sunnyboy1985123 MDL Novice

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    You can also use UltraIso software and make sure you have larger free space in your usb drive and also your usb drive must have a name assigned to it through your usb pen drive company
     
  18. ady199

    ady199 MDL Senior Member

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    I used the Diskpart method in the end and it worked perfect :)

    Thanks again for all your help
     
  19. softeac2

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