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Create Bootable Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 USB Flash Drive


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#1 FreeBooter

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 12:45 AM

Create Bootable Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 USB Flash Drive


Installing Windows O/S from a USB flash drive is actually much faster than installing from a DVD. In this guide i will show you how to create a Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive. You need a 4 GB USB flash drive to have enough space to fit the entire Windows O/S installation file on the drive.


Warning! Please read this first.
Before you begin it is important to understand that any data on your USB flash drive used to create the boot media will be permanently deleted because the process formats the USB flash drive. Save any important documents to another location before proceeding to the next section.





Preparing the USB Flash Drive
The partitioning and files ystem on the USB flash drive are important for booting. Only one partition can be on the USB flash drive, it must be set to active, and the file system must be FAT32. Many computers with the new UEFI BIOS replacement have problems booting USB flash devices with any file system other than FAT32. Insert the USB flash drive into a Windows computer and follow these steps:
  • After the USB flash drive has been recognized and installed on the computer, click the Start Menu button, type DiskPart, and hit Enter key.
  • From the opened DiskPart Command Prompt window, type list disk and hit Enter key.
  • Locate the Disk # of your USB flash drive. You can easily find it by looking at the size column.
  • Once you have the ID, type select disk # and hit Enter key. (Replace the # hash symbol with the actual USB flash drive assigned disk ID, such as 1).
  • Type clean and hit Enter key to destroy any partitions, file system, and data that may currently be on the USB flash drive.
  • Now it is time to create the partition. Type create partition primary and hit Enter key.
  • For booting it is important to set the partition as active. Type active and hit Enter key.
  • The file system must be FAT32. Type Format FS=Fat32 Label=Winboot quick and hit Enter key. This performs a quick format and labels the drive in one step. Windows will automatically mounts and assigns a drive letter to USB flash drive.
  • Type exit to close DiskPart. Your USB flash drive is now prepared for the next phase.
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Write a New Boot Sector to USB Flash Drive
The commands you need to run are as follows:
  • Click the Start Menu button, type Cmd.exe, right click the Cmd.exe, select "Run as administrator" from context menu.
  • Insert the DVD media into your PC or mount the Windows Setup ISO image.
  • At the elevated administrator Command Prompt change the Command Prompt directory path to the Boot folder that resides at the DVD media or mounted Windows Setup ISO image where bootsect.exe executable file lives.
  • Type Cd /d X:\Boot, replace the ,X: drive letter with the DVD media or mounted Windows Setup ISO image drive letter.
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  • Write a new boot sector to the USB flash drive by entering bootsect /nt60 X: /force, where X: is the drive letter of the USB flash drive.
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Useful information!
Some USB flash drives do not support this preparation process, and you might not be able to make the device bootable in this way. The devices that do not support this process are typically set so they are recognized as removable media devices and not USB disk devices. Because of this, you might need to refer to the device manufacturers Web site for formatting documentation and tools.






Copying the Installation Files
The final step, now that you have your USB flash drive prepared, is to copy the Windows O/S setup files.
  • Insert the DVD media into your PC or mount the Windows Setup ISO image and navigate to the drive on your computer that has the Windows O/S installation files.
  • Select all the files, and then right-click and select Copy.
  • Navigate to the root of the USB flash drive, right-click and click Paste.
The file copy can take a number of minutes, but after it has finished you can install the Windows O/S quickly on machines with USB flash drive.

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You can also copy all the Windows installation files to the USB flash drive that youve been preparing with Xcopy command. In this example, the Windows 8 ISO image is mounted with the drive letter of V and the USB flash drive has the drive letter X. Knowing this, type the following command and press Enter:

 
Xcopy V:\*.* X:\ /E /F /H

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:16 PM

Hello:

It was easy for me to follow the first section, to prepare my flash drive.  BUT the next section is VERY unclear, and I am unable to follow.

For example, "Insert the DVD media into your PC or mount the Windows Setup ISO image."  Does this mean, insert the flash drive?

And "At the elevated administrator Command Prompt change the Command Prompt directory path to the Boot folder that resides at the DVD media or mounted Windows Setup ISO image where bootsect.exe executable file lives."  Huh?

And this: "Type Cd /d X:\Boot, replace the ,X: drive letter with the DVD media or mounted Windows Setup ISO image drive letter."  Huh?

Is it possible to write the latter sections of this guide in simple, step-by-step language so a non-technical user can follow it, like the first section?  I hope so....

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:22 PM

May i ask  where the Windows setup files located are the Windows setup files compressed with ISO imaging file or any other compression method or are you using Windows setup DVD to copy Windows setup files to USB flash drive?



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:35 PM

I'm afraid I don't know any of the answers to your questions.  I simply saw the title of the guide, and I thought it would be useful to have a "boot flash drive" in addition to the regular boot disk that BestBuy created for me when they set up my new computer. 



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:40 PM

I understand if you cannot follow my tutorial the guide to how to manually create bootable USB flash drive are not easy to understand by new computer users. If you like there are free software that you can use like Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:50 PM

Thank you, I will try Rufus.  You've been very helpful.  I'm not a new user, actually, and I'm pretty handy with many computer problems for myself and my friends.  But I've had enough computer crashes for a lifetime, and a flash drive boot disk sounds like the best insurance I could ever carry with me.  Thanks!



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 05:06 PM

Hello:
It was easy for me to follow the first section, to prepare my flash drive.  BUT the next section is VERY unclear, and I am unable to follow.
For example, "Insert the DVD media into your PC or mount the Windows Setup ISO image."  Does this mean, insert the flash drive?
And "At the elevated administrator Command Prompt change the Command Prompt directory path to the Boot folder that resides at the DVD media or mounted Windows Setup ISO image where bootsect.exe executable file lives."  Huh?
And this: "Type Cd /d X:\Boot, replace the ,X: drive letter with the DVD media or mounted Windows Setup ISO image drive letter."  Huh?
Is it possible to write the latter sections of this guide in simple, step-by-step language so a non-technical user can follow it, like the first section?  I hope so....
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You are very welcome!
 
I will try to answer your questions.
 

"Insert the DVD media into your PC or mount the Windows Setup ISO image."

After you have completed Preparing the USB Flash Drive instructions you need to use bootsect.exe utility to write a boot sector to USB flash drive you have prepared this boot sector will be compatible with Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. The bootsect.exe utility is store within Boot folder which is part of the Windows setup files and folder. If you have Windows Setup Files that is not compress with any compression method like ISO imaging file is a compression method and if your Windows Setup Files store within ISO image file then you need to either extract the Windows Setup Files store within ISO image file or you can mount ISO image file when you mount a ISO image file you can access the files store within ISO image file you need to mount or extract Windows Setup Files from ISO image file to access bootsect.exe utility which is store within Boot folder.



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