How to create a Windows 8 bootable USB drive or bootable DVD

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft

With Windows 8 Developer Preview out into the wild, many of you may choose to install it using a virtual machine (vm), which would be recommended because this is a preview, not a finished product; others may want to use a spare computer to test this new OS, for this last option you either want to create a bootable USB drive or bootable DVD.

In this short how-to article, you are going to learn the steps necessary to create a Windows 8 bootable USB drive or bootable DVD — which is not complicated:

First, if you haven’t done it yet, you’ll need to download a copy of Windows 8 Developer Preview that will be in an ISO image file format. Then head to the Microsoft Store page and download the USB/DVD Download Tool, which is a little application that is capable of putting the ISO image onto a bootable USB drive for installation.

After the tool is installed and opened, all you have to do is to choose the ISO, choose the USB or DVD drive, click Begin Copy and wait until the process is finished.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft

Important: Use a USB drive or DVD that is equal or greater of the size of the ISO image file. And make sure to backup any files you may have in the USB drive as the process will erase any data  inside of it.

There you go! Now you have a portable installation of Windows 8 Developer Preview that you can use and erase at any time — if you have chosen the USB drive, of course.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.