This post is part of a series of guides we’re doing today related to the recently released Windows 8 Developer Preview. In this guide, you will learn how to install Windows 8 DP from a USB flash drive.


For the uninitiated, a Developer Preview version of Windows 8 was released recently for anyone and everyone to try out. It isn’t the complete version of Windows 8, but provides a nice glimpse at the future of Microsoft’s desktop operating system. Windows 8 Developer Preview is meant for developers to try out, in order to come to grips with how things work in Windows 8, but if you’ve got a spare computer lying around (or have a virtualization-ready processor), you can give it a try without risking much.

The process is quite easy to follow and anyone who has medium level of skill with handling computers will breeze through it.

Step 1: Download and install Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool [Microsoft Store Link]

Step 2: Download Windows 8 Developer Preview from Windows Dev Center. If you don’t know if your processor is 32-bit or 64-bit ready, download the 32-bit .iso file.

Step 3: Insert a USB flash drive having 8GB or greater storage capacity in a USB port on your computer.

Step 4: Launch Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool you installed in Step 1.

Step 5: Choose the ISO file you downloaded in Step 2 by clicking on “Browse”.


Step 6: Click on “USB device” when prompted to choose media type. In the next step, choose your inserted USB flash drive.



Step 7: The tool will now create a bootable USB flash drive using the Windows 8 DP .iso. This will take some time, so be patient.


Step 8: Once the tool has done its thing, restart your PC with the USB plugged in. On start up, you will need to enter the BIOS utility of your computer and boot from the USB. Since the procedure for entering BIOS utility is different for different computers, we leave it up to the readers to find out how to do this for their specific computer. (Google might come in handy for this)

Step 9: Once booted from the USB drive; follow on-screen instructions to install Windows 8 DP.

If you followed all the steps correctly, you should be well on your way to installing Windows 8 Developer Preview from USB flash drive. Good luck and have fun using Windows 8!

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