As your old workstations go by the wayside and the replacements are ushered in, there will come a time that you’ll need to perform a fresh Windows 8 install. Do yourself a favor and make a USB drive or two first.
These instructions will yield a bootable Windows 8 install on the USB media of your choosing. Some prereqs:
- 32-bit creations need to be performed via a 32-bit version of Windows.
- 64-bit creations need to be performed via a 64-bit version of Windows.
- You’ll need to be OK with the deletion of everything on your USB drive.
- Your USB drive needs to be 4GB or larger.
Here we go:
- Insert your USB drive
- Open Command Prompt
- Enter the following commands
- LIST DISK
- You should now see a comprehensive disk list. Note the number of your USB drive.
- Now continue entering the following commands
- SELECT DISK N (Replace “N” with your USB drive number)
- CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
- SELECT PARTITION 1
- FORMAT FS=NTFS
- Navigate to the extracted Windows 8 source files
- Go to the /Boot folder
- Type BOOTSECT /NT60 L: (Replace “L” with your USB drive letter)
- Now, finally, we can copy all the files from our Windows DVD (or ISO / IMG) to the USB drive