How to create a bootable Windows 8.x (8 or 8.1) USB drive from an ISO file. –

Currently, most computer manufacturers do not include an optical media (disc) reader in their products (especially laptops), so if you want to clean install Windows 8 or troubleshoot problems with your computer, You must have Windows 8. (or 8.1) USB bootable disk.
In this guide, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to create a bootable Windows 8 (or 8.1) USB drive from a Windows 8 ISO image file.


1. A Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 ISO image file.


2. Rufus USB Boot Creator Utility.

3. An BLANK USB drive have at least 4 GB of storage space.

How to create a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 bootable USB drive.

Step 1: Download RUFUS USB Boot Creator Utility*.

* Rufus It’s a great utility that helps you create bootable USB flash drives like USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

1. Go to the official Rufus download page and download RUFUS USB Bootable Creator Utility to your computer.


Step 2. Create a bootable Windows 8 (8.1) USB flash drive.

1. Remove and connect all USB memory drives from your computer BOSS* USB stick (at least 4 GB) into an empty USB port.

Attention: Do not leave your files on the USB flash drive, as all files will be deleted during this operation.

2. Now double click to run”rufus” application.


When the Rufus utility starts:

3. Select a blank USB flash drive that you have connected to your computer.


4. At”create a bootable disk using” option, select “ISO image“.


5. Then press the sign next to “Create a bootable disc using the ISO Image” option.


6. Select the Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 ISO file from your computer (eg Windows.iso) and “It’s open“.


7. When completed, “Start“.


8. Read the warning message carefully and “OK“.


— Wait until the Rufus utility erases the USB flash drive and transfers the Windows 8 ISO files to it. —


9. After the Rufus operation is complete, near Run the Rufus utility, remove the USB flash drive and use it to troubleshoot Windows 8 or install a clean OS.


Note: To boot from a USB drive, you need to set USB as the first boot device from the BIOS settings. For this:

  1. Enabled click on your computer and “DEL“or”F1“or”F2“or”F10” enter BIOS (CMOS) installation utility.
    (The method of accessing the BIOS settings depends on the computer manufacturer).
  2. In the BIOS menu “Download procedure“adjustment.
    (This setting is usually “located inAdvanced BIOS features” menu).
  3. At”Download procedure” setting, install a USB drive (eg USB-HDD) as first boot device.
  4. Save and Exit From the BIOS settings.

That’s it!

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