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Copy/Install Windows 8 ISO Disk Image to a USB Flash Drive or DVD

So, you have download the disk image (ISO) file of the Windows 8 Developer Preview available for free public download. Since, the file is an ISO format, you cann’t directly run and install Windows, instead, you have to burn the image to a DVD or copy it to a bootable USB flash drive.

Although there are plethora of utilities available to help you accomplish this task, however, the easiest of all is the Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, which just works fine with Windows 8.

To install Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool you need either of the following operating systems; Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). The steps to insall the tool are as follows:

  1. Click to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file.
  2. When you are prompted to either save the file to disk or run it, choose Run.
  3. Follow the steps in the setup dialogs. You’ll have the option to specify where to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

Note: 1. You need to be an administrator on the computer you are installing the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool on. The tool requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher.

2. Windows XP Users; the following applications must be installed prior to installing the tool:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.
  • Microsoft Image Mastering API v2 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.

Note: For the x86 and x64 Windows 8 ISO files without developer tools, you’ll need a blank DVD or a completely empty bootable USB flash drive of 4GB or larger. At 4.8 GB, the x64 version with developer tools is too large to fit on a regular DVD, you’ll need a dual-layer DVD (and compatible drive) or an empty 8GB (or larger) flash drive.

To make a copy of Windows 8 ISO:

  1. Click the Windows START button, and click WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL in the All Programs list to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
  2. In the Source File box, type the name and path of your Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file from the Open dialog box. Click Next.
  3. Select USB device to create a copy on a USB flash drive or select DVD disk to create a copy on a DVD disk.

    The following screen what you’ll see if you choose the USB device option. Select the correct drive and click Begin Copying.

  4. If you are copying the file to a USB flash drive, select your USB device in the drop-down list and click Begin Copying. If you are copying the file up to a DVD, click Begin Burning.

When your Windows 7 ISO file is copied onto your chosen media, install Windows 7 by moving to the root folder of your DVD or USB flash drive, and then double-click Setup.exe.

When you’re finished, you have a DVD or a flash drive that you can set as the startup device on your computer so that you can begin a clean setup. Or you can open the setup disk in Windows Explorer and double-click Setup to upgrade your current Windows installation.

[Image credit: Ed Bott, Source: Microsoft]

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