Windows 8 developer preview can be downloaded and then burnt on a DVD and installed. I prefer creating a bootable USB as it is faster to install from a USB drive and I don’t have to waste a DVD, this also saves money and is eco friendly.
Windows 8: How to create a Windows 8 bootable install USB
1. Backup all the data in the USB drive as during this process all the data in USB drive will be erased.
Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here.
Install the application and run it and you should see the screen as mentioned below.
Now using the ‘Browse’ option point the application to the Windows 8 Developer preview ISO file and click the ‘Next’ button.
Choose the ‘USB Device’ option in this screen.
Make sure you choose the correct USB drive and then hit the ‘Begin copying’ button.
The Windows 7 USB/DVD tool will now format and start copying the contents your USB drive. This will take a couple of minutes based on the write speed of your USB drive.
After the copying is complete the application will notify you.
Note: To create a bootable USB drive of 64 bit Windows 8 you will need to run this tool from the computer that has 64 bit Windows running i.e. you can’t create a 64bit bootable Windows 8 USB from a 32 bit Windows.
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