Thursday, May 10, 2012

Creating USB Windows Installers

Ever wondered how to create a Windows OS installer on a USB key? Well, here’s the quick and simple guide on how to do it yourself, without bothering colleagues or the IT department. Let’s check it out.
  1. Download or get the corresponding Windows OS ISO file. In my case I have been doing this to install the updated previews of Windows 8.
  2. Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool which will allow you to create the bootable USB OS installer or a DVD if you prefer.
  3. Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool in your computer. In my case I use my Windows 7 machine to download files and create the installers that I would use on a secondary computer. This tool requires the .NET Framework 2.0 installed, which in Windows 8 previews can be tricky to get working. So again, if it doesn’t work, just try it on a different computer.
  4. Run the tool to create the USB bootable installer from the ISO image. Make sure that you have a clean USB key with at least 4GB. The tool will format and erase any data you have in the USB key.
  5. Done. Your USB key is ready to perform the installation of the OS. Just plugin the USB key and click on the setup.exe file.
Hope it helps and saves you time. Happy Windows 8 coding!

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