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    Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    I want to use Windows 8 in my System. Can I have it in pen drive and boot it from that. We do it for other Operating Systems. In the same way, can we do it for Windows 8? Please, anyone help me in giving the Solution.



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    Aryan Anand Array
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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Dear Friend!!
    You can easily boot your computer by windows8 just like you install windows 7 on the device..
    You need to have the genuine product key for the installation.
    When all the installation is completed,you should enter the key to make your windows genuine.

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Hi,

    Yes , a Windows 8 bootable USB can be created following the explained method.
    Requirments : a USB pen drive (4GB or more), the Windows 8 Consumer Preview disk image file, ISO file 32 bit or 64 bit, Microsoft's Windows 7 USB tool and a working PC.
    You have all those then start making a Win 8 USB bootable.

    First of all Install and run Microsoft's Windows 7 USB tool, browse to the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 disk image file you've downloaded and click next.

    Then, with your USB stick plugged in , select media type as USB device.

    Correct removable device should be selected from the drop-down menu, click to begin copy.

    The USB tool formats your USB drive, makes it bootable, and copies all of the Windows 8 files in it.

    Once copying is complete, the USB drive is ready to be used as bootable and can run the Windows 8 setup process.

    The Windows 8 setup process is quicker while used from USB media.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Hello friend,


    I have the solution for your problem just do as i say......

    Yes, you can absolutely install the Windows 7 software in your computer
    using the USB drive. But you need to have the Windows 7 software in your
    USB drive to install it.

    Now connect the USB drive to your system. And restart your computer.
    While starting press 'Delete' and change the BIOS settings as you do to
    install the Windows 7 through CD. Then press 'Y' then your system will
    restart and while starting press any key to start booting.

    Do the same process as you do it by doing with CD. You can successfully
    install the Windows 7 OS in your computer through USB.

    Have a nice day...........

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Hello Friend,

    Yes That Is Possible Just Follow The Steps Are :

    >> Insert Your Pen drive And Format Your Pen Drive
    >> Make The Pen Drive Bootable From The CMD
    >> After That Copy And Paste The Windows 7 OS But Not In The ISO Or Any Image Manner Just Open That ISO Or Other File From The MagicISO And Copy The Extend Folder In The Pen Drive
    >> And Performed The Formatting Just Like DVD Formatting....

    All The Best

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    HELLO FRIEND,

    Windows 8 install disc doesn't do you much good if you don't have anywhere to put the DVD!

    If you want to install Windows 8 from a USB device, you'll need to get those setup files onto a USB device.

    Unfortunately, simply copying them there won't do.


    Windows 8 is also sold as a downloadable
    ISO file which, if you choose to buy Windows 8 that way,

    requires some steps to get it properly copied to a flash drive as well.


    Regardless of whether you have a Windows 8 DVD you need to get on a flash drive, or a Windows 8 ISO file with the same goal,

    FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES:-


    Requirements:



    • A flash drive (4 GB or more) [Check Prices]
    • A Windows 8 DVD or Windows 8 ISO file
    • Access to a working computer, with a DVD drive if you have a Windows 8 DVD, with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed



    1. Create an ISO file from the Windows 8 DVD. This is the procedure by which you create a single file, called an ISO image, that contains all the data stored on the Windows 8 setup DVD disc.

      Once you have an ISO image created from your Windows 8 disc, come back here and continue on with this tutorial which will explain how to get that ISO file onto a flash drive.

      Note: If you already know how to create ISO files with your favorite program, often called "ripping," then do so in whatever way you're used to doing it. However, if you've never created an ISO image, or don't have a program installed right now that does it, please see the linked tutorial above for complete instructions on doing so with a free program.

    2. Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft and then install it.

      This free program from Microsoft properly
      formats your flash drive and then copies the contents of the Windows 8 installation ISO file you have to that flash drive.

      Note: Don't worry that this program has Windows 7 in the title. This program works perfectly well with Windows 8 ISO files and can be installed in Windows 8,
      Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.

    3. Start the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program. You should be able to find the shortcut on the Desktop, as well as in your Start menu or on your Start screen, depending on which version of Windows you installed the program on.

    4. Click Browse on the Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file screen.

    5. Locate, and then select, your Windows 8 ISO file. Then click or touch Open.

      Note: If you downloaded Windows 8 from Microsoft, check your Downloads folder or your Desktop for the ISO image. If you created an ISO image from your Windows 8 DVD, the ISO file will be wherever you created it to.

    6. Click or touch Next.

    7. Choose USB device on the Step 2 of 4: Choose media type screen.

      Note: As you can see here, there is also a DVD option. While it doesn't do us much good in this case, since the end game is to get Windows 8's setup files on a flash drive, you could also use this tool to burn a Windows 8 ISO image to a DVD or BD disc.

    8. On the Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device screen, choose from the drop-down box the flash drive or USB-connected external hard drive you want to put the Windows 8 setup files onto and then touch or click Begin copying.

      Tip: If you haven't yet plugged in the USB storage device you're planning on using, you can do that now and then touch or click the blue refresh button to make it show up in the list.

    9. Click or touch Erase USB Device if you're prompted to do so on a Not Enough Free Space window. If you don't see this, don't worry, it just means that your flash drive or external hard disk is already empty.

      Important: If this message didn't make it apparent, you should know that whatever data you might have on this drive is going to be erased as part of the process of getting the Windows 8 setup files copied.

    10. On Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device, just wait for the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to prepare the drive and copy the Windows 8 installation files to it.

      The first Status you see will be Formatting, which will take anywhere from a few to several seconds, depending on how large the USB drive is that you're using. Next will be Copying files which could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, possibly longer, depending on which Windows 8 ISO file you're working from, as well as on how fast your flash drive, USB connection, and computer is.

      Tip: Don't worry if the percentage indicator jumps ahead quickly but then sits on a single number for a very long time. While it might not make a lot of sense to behave that way, it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong.

    11. Assuming everything went as planned, the next screen should say Bootable USB device created successfully with a Status that says Backup completed.

      You can now close the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program window. The flash drive, or other external USB drive you're using, now has the necessary files on it to install Windows 8 and is also properly configured to be
      booted from.

    12. Boot from the USB device that you just created to start the Windows 8 install process.

      Tip: If the Windows 8 setup process doesn't start, it's very likely that you'll need to make
      boot order changes in the BIOS. See How To Change the Boot Order in BIOS if you need help doing that.

      Note: If you came here from my
      How To Clean Install Windows 8 tutorial, you can return there now to continue the walkthrough of that process.



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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Hello,

    Yes, surely you can but all you need is an windows 8 containing media i.e Windows 8 D.V.D, or Image (.iso) file of windows 8 and a Software called Win7-USB-DVD tool.

    Your can download the same from microsoft official site. its free and sized some M.Bs.

    After Downloading JustPlug in Pendrive,
    Now install this software and run as admin.

    In first box give the path for windows 8 files

    In Second Select your Flash Drive for copying Files and hit Ok.

    Now all Done wait till copy completes and just restart to boot from pendrive.


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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?


    hi friend,
    Requirements:

    • A flash drive (4 GB or more) [Check Prices]
    • A Windows 8 DVD or Windows 8 ISO file
    • Access to a working computer, with a DVD drive if you have a Windows 8 DVD, with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed








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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I want to use Windows 8 in my System. Can I have it in pen drive and boot it from that. We do it for other Operating Systems. In the same way, can we do it for Windows 8? Please, anyone help me in giving the Solution.
    HELLO DEAR,

    YES, dear you can easily install the window 8 from pen drive like as other operating systems. Dear for installing window 8 from pen derive you have to make your USB derive the first boot device so that when you insert your pen derive it can automatically starts installing operating system.

    So dear don't worry and install your new operating system from your pen derive.


    installing-windows-8.jpghow-to-install-windows-8-from-usb-memory-stick-pendrive-image-2.jpgwindows8_on_pen_drive_640x360.jpg

    GOOD LUCK,

    HAVE A NICE DAY,

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Step I: Format The USB Drive
    Insert the flash drive into a free USB port on the computer. Open the command prompt by running the command cmd. To do this, press <WINKEY> + <R>, then type cmd in the Run dialogue box that opens and press <ENTER>. In the console window that appears, type the following commands in this exact order:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk x
    (here "x" is the number corresponding to the USB disk, which you need to replace with what is shown in your system)
    clean
    create partition primary
    active
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    exit


    Be very careful when using the "select" command you don't want to end up formatting your hard disk instead!




    This is what the screen should look like if all goes well.

    Step II: Mount The Windows 8 ISO Image Into A Virtual Drive
    Burning the ISO image onto a blank DVD is not an option if you don't have an optical drive. You can instead mount the file as a virtual drive. Windows 8 comes with an inbuilt utility; all you need to do is to double-click on the image file and it will get mounted as a virtual drive. However, if you have an older version of Windows, you can use a freeware virtual drive application such as MagicDisc to mount the image.


    Step III: Make The USB Drive Bootable
    Assuming that F: is your virtual drive letter where the Windows 8 ISO image is inserted and G: is the location of your USB drive, open the command prompt as mentioned earlier and type the following commands:

    F:
    cd boot
    bootsect.exe /nt60 g:




    Again, double-check the target location for the boot record to ensure you don't accidentally overwrite your HDD's bootsector.

    Step IV: Copy The Installer Files
    Don't close the command prompt yet. The USB drive has now been made bootable, but there's one more command you need to execute in order to transfer the Windows 8 installation from the virtual drive to the USB stick. In the same command prompt window, type the following command:

    xcopy f:\*.* g: /e /f /h

    You can alternatively copy all the files in the virtual drive to the USB drive by using Windows Explorer, but using XCOPY ensures that system and hidden files are also copied.


    Step V: Boot Off The USB Drive
    To install Windows 8 on your netbook or computer, you must set it to boot through the USB flash drive. To achieve this, shut down your computer, then go into the BIOS (CMOS setup) by pressing <DEL> or <F2> as soon as you power it on, without unplugging the USB stick. Set the USB drive as the primary boot device, save the settings, and restart. Alternatively, since most modern computers (ie, post 2005) allow you to select the boot device via a hotkey after it is powered on (either through <ESC>, <F9>, or <F11>), you can choose to boot through the USB flash drive this way.



    Install Windows as usual. If you've changed the boot sequence through the BIOS, remember to reset it to the internal hard drive when the system restarts after copying the installer files.

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Hello Friend ,

    you want to know that How to boot Windows 8 from a pen drive

    yes ,

    You can boot windows 8 from pendrive .

    You need a image file of windows 8 .

    And install Poweriso software.

    Open PowerIso Software .

    Select tools option .

    Select Make usb bootable option .

    In open dialog you have to first browse iso file .

    and then select Destination Usb drive .

    An then click on burn button . now your USB is bootable .

    Now restart your system and goto boot option by pressing f2 key .

    and select usb as first boot device and then click on F10 to save . and restart .

    now your windows boot from usb .

    I hope you will understand ,


    All the Best

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Dear userYOu can definately boot from usb.Follow the below steps.>> Insert Your Pen drive And Format Your Pen Drive>> Make The Pen Drive Bootable From The CMD>> After That Copy And Paste The Windows 7 OS But Not In The ISO Or Any Image Manner Just Open That ISO Or Other File From The MagicISO And Copy The Extend Folder In The Pen Drive>> And Performed The Formatting Just Like DVD Formatting.This will do.Good luck

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    Re: Can I boot Windows 8 from a pen drive?

    Dear Friend,


    Yes,

    You can Boot window 8 from pendive.

    It requires image (.iso) file of Window 8.

    install the poweriso software.

    Open poweriso software and go to the tools.

    select make usb bootable option.

    in open dialog box you will have to first browse iso file.

    and then select destination usb drive.

    and then click on burn button.

    Now your USB will be Bootable.

    Now restart Your System and open the BIOS setupt by pressing Del or F2.

    And then select the boot device as USB .

    After restarting you can install window 8 from Pen drive.



    Thank You!!!!

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