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:

  1. 32-bit creations need to be performed via a 32-bit version of Windows.
  2. 64-bit creations need to be performed via a 64-bit version of Windows.
  3. You’ll need to be OK with the deletion of everything on your USB drive.
  4. Your USB drive needs to be 4GB or larger.

Here we go:

  1. Insert your USB drive
  2. Open Command Prompt
  3. Enter the following commands
    2. LIST DISK
  4. You should now see a comprehensive disk list. Note the number of your USB drive.
  5. Now continue entering the following commands
    1. SELECT DISK N (Replace “N” with your USB drive number)
    2. CLEAN
    5. ACTIVE
    7. ASSIGN
    8. EXIT
  6. Navigate to the extracted Windows 8 source files
  7. Go to the /Boot folder
  8. Type BOOTSECT /NT60 L: (Replace “L” with your USB drive letter)
  9. Now, finally, we can copy all the files from our Windows DVD (or ISO / IMG) to the USB drive


3 Comments. Leave new

  • Type BOOTSECT /NT60 F: (Replace “N” with your USB drive number)

    Where the f*ck is “N” located? It would be nice if you checked your work before posting it; especially work that could potentially cause hell with people’s computers. EPIC FAIL.

    • Jonathan, very sorry — we’ve updated the instructions. The BOOTSECT command should be followed by a /NT60 L: where L is the drive letter of your USB disk.

    • It wouldn’t cause any hell if it’s just Bootsect. Bootsect only installs the bootloader for Windows, it doesn’t format or delete anything and would only cause any type of hell if you were on XP and you used the /NT60 function.


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