Create A Windows 8 Bootable Jumpdrive

I tried using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to install Windows 8 RTM from a jumpdrive. For some reason, I couldn’t get it to work properly/boot with an error code saying that an operating system was not detected.

Anyway, I manually created a USB stick with great success as 7/Vista before it:

1 – Open an Elevated Command Prompt and run the following commands in order:

diskpart
list disk
select disk # (where "#" is your jumpdrive)
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick
assign
exit

2 – Mount an .ISO (now built into Windows 8 with a simple double-click!) or insert a DVD of Windows 8 into your computer.

3 – From the Elevated Command Prompt, change to your optical drive/mounted ISO. (cd X) (where “x” is your drive’s assigned letter)

4 – Change directory again to boot (cd boot)

5 – Run the following command: bootsect.exe /nt60 X: (where X: is your jumpdrive’s assigned letter, viewable from Computer)

6 – Copy the contents of the DVD/mounted ISO onto the USB stick.

7 – Make sure USB keys are supported by your system’s BIOS, and install Windows.

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