Is it possible to install Windows 8 from USB Stick?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by ady199, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. ady199

    ady199 MDL Senior Member

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    A mate of mine wants to install Windows 8 on his laptop but his CD drive is faulty.

    Is there a way to install Windows 8 from a USB Stick?

    If possible, can someone point me to a procedure on how to do this?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    boot the machine and go to Bios by pressing F1 e.g. depends on the Bios. then adjust the Boot sequence to boot from USB devise and u go. When a 1st restart is necessary during the setup process unplug the USB device as you might run into a loop or go to Bios again when booting as your first restart and reset your boot sequence to as it was at the beginning :D
     
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  3. Cornmeister

    Cornmeister MDL Member

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    Download Windows 8 .iso
    Download Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

    write iso to USB with this tool.
    reboot, boot from usb..........
     
  4. ady199

    ady199 MDL Senior Member

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    Perfect - many thanks
     
  5. DaveMurray

    DaveMurray MDL Junior Member

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    #5 DaveMurray, Aug 8, 2012
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    well... Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool don't working at all. It format's the usb disk in NTFS. This is epic fail because if the usb stick is with ntfs it will not boot properly ---> ntldr missing ctrl+alt+delete etc etc....

    The usb stick must be FAT32....

    The method which i prefer and recommend, is pretty simple and straightforward.

    1) Formating the usb disk ---> FAT32
    2) decompressing the windows 8 iso somewhere
    3) cut all the files/folders from the extracted iso and paste in the usb disk
    4) start, run, cmd (cmd must be opened with administrative privileges)
    5) for example H is the letter of the usb disk. So.. write: H: (enter), cd boot (enter), bootsect /nt60 H:

    Done....
     
  6. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    i've always use Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool and never fail yet:D
     
  7. free1975yuly

    free1975yuly MDL Expert

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    I done installed W8RTM from USB stick.Is visible fast then from DVD.I formated USB stick to be bootable with a tool called W7 USB creator then I copied Windows files from extracted directory.Not necessary to burn a DVD.:rolleyes:
     
  8. DaveMurray

    DaveMurray MDL Junior Member

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    maybe the luck has touch you in the back :p :)

    seriously, i have try many times with such of this tools, and all failing, because either they don't update the bootcode properly, or formatting the usb disks with ntfs. after reboot, and booting from usb you getting the known error, so.... personally im doing the dirty work will a little more effort but guaranteed

    and is more faster than dvd, is your usb stick have good read/write speed. the installation taking less time for complete :)
     
  9. webketoan

    webketoan MDL Novice

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    #9 webketoan, Aug 8, 2012
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    I've just used Sardu 2.0.5 to install W8 RTM from USB stick.
    It's very easy .
    You can try it here :
    Code:
    hxxp://www . sarducd . it/downloads.html
     
  10. NOS911

    NOS911 MDL Novice

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    I installed mine using the windows 7 USB tool aswell with no issues.
     
  11. plnet

    plnet MDL Novice

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    EasyBCD anyone? :) use a function called "Create bootable media", and then just copy the Win8 DVD contents into the USB. FAT32 is fine :)
     
  12. M4trix

    M4trix MDL Novice

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    Not working. Well, at least not on Sony MicroVault 8GB usb drive. :coffee:

    sony-microvault-usb.jpg
     
  13. BamBamChunky

    BamBamChunky MDL Novice

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    The problem with the win 7 tool is that it format the USB in NTFS format. But if you install to OS on a system with UEFI bios, the USB must be FAT32, if not the installation will fail.
    So, you can use the windows 7 tool to make the bootble USB drive, then copy the content of the USB to the hard drive, format the USB with FAT32 abd then copy back the copied content to the USB drive.

    Good luck with your new installation.
     
  14. M4trix

    M4trix MDL Novice

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    Well, good old $0,45 Verbatim DVD+R never fails. :biggrin:
     
  15. BamBamChunky

    BamBamChunky MDL Novice

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    That is right, i am using them too - never fails. :rolleyes:
     
  16. mruell

    mruell MDL Novice

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    Works great thanks for the info. :)
     
  17. JustNicky

    JustNicky MDL Novice

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    Give Power ISO ago can boot using that software done it many of times ...
     
  18. M4trix

    M4trix MDL Novice

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    Nah, I've already tried with UltraISO but to no avail. Probably a crappy usb device. Dunno.
     
  19. rateiosu

    rateiosu MDL Novice

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    I installed over Release Preview using my USB, of course.
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    Format USB pendrive as NTFS
    Copy all the iso content to the newly formatted pendrive
    ->
    Run Setup and enjoy.