How to Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview From USB Drive

Posted on Mar 2 2012 - 9:00pm by Techzek

A couple of days ago, Microsoft released a Consumer Preview for its most-awaited Windows 8 OS. As of now, you can download the ISO file along with the product key but you have to keep in mind that you’ll need to burn its contents to a DVD. That means it could take a while before you can install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your PC. Worry not. Here we have a tutorial that would allow you to install the consumer preview of Windows 8 from a USB Drive. Just keep in mind that your USB Drive must have at least 4GB of free storage space and you must have an NTFS file system.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Before anything else, download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. You will also need to provide a product key. You can use NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8 or DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J as product key.

Step 1: Using a freeware like SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive, mount the image or have it extracted using WinRar.

Step 2: Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do this, you can type cmd in the Run dialogue box. After which, press ctrl + shift + enter.

Step 3: In command prompt, type the following commands:

list volume

Step 4: You will then see a list. In the list, keep note of the volume assigned to your usb device and select it by typing ‘select volume 5’.

Step 5: Mark the selected volume as active volume by typing ‘active’ on the command prompt.

Step 6: Now that the disk is ready, proceed with the creation of the boot sector and exit diskpart by typing the ‘exit’ command.

Step 7: Next, browse the location where you have extracted/mounted the ISO image. Open the boot directory as shown in the image below.

Step 8: Execute the following command. Make sure to fill in the right location for your USB drive. For example, if your USB Drive is located in d: — you must use the same for the command:
Bootsect/nt60 d:

Step 9: After you have done so, your USB drive can now be used as a bootable media. All that you need to do is to copy the Windows 8 setup directory to your USB device.

Step 10: Once you’re done, reboot your system and enter BIOS. Set the boot priority to assign highest priority to Removable Device/USB Device. Do not forget to save the changes then restart to proceed with the Windows 8 installation.

Step 11: Reset boot priority settings after the installation.

You can Watch Few screen shorts of Installation Guide :

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