Many of us feel that burning a DVD just to test a Beta or RC of a Windows edition is too much… why not simply use our USB drives to install it???
As also depicted on other blogs, this CAN be done and without much pain. When i tried searching for it, all i was getting were videos & stuff… So, to avoid the trouble of going through them each time, i noted down the steps.. here they are:
(Because i mentioned BETA or RC , it doesn’t mean that you can’t install the FULL FINAL release!!, YOU CAN INSTALL THE FINAL RELEASE or any subsequent releases too…!! Though this method won’t support the installation of windows XP or earlier versions of windows. Also i presume that if i supply you with the commands to be typed on the command prompt then it won’t be a difficult task for you… )
So – you now have an ISO file that you could burn to a CD or DVD but the idea of doing all this was to get a bootable USB device.. so grab the USB disk – and then use the following diskpart commands (be warned – check the disk that you are going to be using is disk 1 or if not then use the correct one for your circumstance – the clean command is a clean of the disk IT WILL DESTROY THE DATA ON THE DISK THAT YOU SELECT CHECK BEFORE PROCEDING!):
MAKE USB BOOTABLE
The steps for preparing the USB Disk.
Open the command prompt (with administrator privileges)
then type the following commands:
- List Disk
- Select Disk 1 (Replace 1 with number reflecting your USB Drive)
- create partition primary
- format fs=fat32 quick
(alternatively you could also use -> format fs=NTFS quick )
Now, a drive letter reflecting the drive should appear.
Copy the contents from the DVD to the USB Stick.
iF everything goes fine, simply reboot and select ‘USB device’ in the ‘boot menu’.
(You need to press a button – ‘DEL’ or ‘F9′ to access it. you might also need to enable this option in boot menu).
If you get errors along the way, simply remove the drive and repeat the process.
If you are still not able to do it, you can comment it, and i’ll try to help you out…