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Here’s how you install Windows 8 quickly, and boot through a USB

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    Default Here’s how you install Windows 8 quickly, and boot through a USB

    Installing Windows 8 on your PC, without indulging in the time consuming processes that you generally have to undertake before an operating system switch over is easy, and this tutorial will tell you how. Just in case you have been living on a different planet lately, Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS is lined up in the pipeline of the most awaited launches in the tech world. And, you can have a thorough preview of the same on your PC. What’s more important is that you can do so without troubling yourself much.

    Mostly, you would easily envisage yourself engrossed in tasks such as downloading an ISO file of the OS, writing it on a DVD or a USB drive, backing up important data, making space for the new OS, installing it. Thankfully, there are better and quicker ways. I’ll show you how to do it, in half the time you’ll need to do it in the above mentioned fashion. In this method, you’ll be running Windows 8 on your PC through a USB drive. Here’s all that you’ll need to have things working for you – a utility to be downloaded from the Internet, a USB storage device with 16 GB or more free memory, the ISO file of Windows 8, your PC, and WinRar. You might want to spend some time arranging an external USB storage device rather than working with a slow USB pen drive. So, here I begin with this tutorial.

    I am assuming that you have Windows 7 running on your PC as of now, and have the WinRar software installed. You’ll need to begin by extracting the install.wim file from Windows 8 ISO file. This is a pretty heavy file, so be prepared to wait. It’ll be in the ‘Sources’ folder, and about 2 GB in size. I advise you to extract this file to your desktop. Then, open a browser, connect to the Internet and download a simple and small utility called ‘GimageX.’ It is hardly 500 KB in size, so no hassles in downloading it at all. Again, extract this file to a folder on the desktop. Depending on the OS you are running (32 or 64 bit), select from either the 32 bit or the 64 bit utility.

    Now, the USB device needs to be prepared to act as the source of your OS. Ensure that you have a back up of the data in the device, as you’ll need a clean USB device to proceed with this method. Once you clean your USB device, plug it in, let the drivers get installed if need be, and then open the command prompt. Then, you’ll need to write these commands, as presented here.
    • Diskpart (To help in re-partition and formatting the new drive)
    • List disk (To enlist all drives on the system. Note the USB drive numbers)
    • Select disk # (Here, you need to key in the drive number for the USB drive in place of the # sign)
    • Clean (Wipe off the USB drive partition table using this command)
    • Create partition primary (Make a primary partition on the USB drive)
    • Select partition 1 (Selection of the primary partition for the remaining process)
    • Format fs=ntfs quick (For quick formatting of the primary partition in NTFS file format)
    • Assign (Assign a drive letter to the new partition)
    • Active (Activate the partition to enable booting)
    • Exit (Close the DISKPART utility)

    You’ve not come a long way in making the drive perfectly ready for the new OS installation. We’ll work with the GimageX utility now. Start it and hit the ‘Apply’ tab. You’ll see a source field. Here, provide the ‘Install.wim’ file, the one you extracted from the Windows ISO earlier. Specify the USB drive letter in the destination field. You do not need to ticker with any other settings; just click on the ‘Apply’ button. Now, wait for a few minutes as the procedure gets executed by the utility. Wait for the completion message to be flashed on the screen. Now, time to hit the command prompt again. You need the USB device to be bootable in order to successfully run Windows 8 from it. Take your attention back to the Apply tab of the GimageX utility. Take, for instance, a case when source has been entered as C:\Users\James\Desktop\install.wim. Next to it, the Destination field will show, say, F:\, or the drive letter for the USB drive to which the files of Windows 8 OS have been extracted. Of course, you need to edit this letter accordingly for your PC. Now, the booting files are transferred to the USB drive, and you can quit the window.

    Congratulations, you are almost there. Now, shut the PC down, enter the BIOS settings, enable USB drive booting option and restart. Now, you will observe that the PC boots through the USB, and hence opens with Windows 8! Now, enter the license key and other necessary details. Next, important drivers will be installed and you’ll need to configure the OS as per your preferences. Remember, any installations done in the OS will be stored in the USB drive itself, unless you deliberately select any other directory. Let me know if you know of any other cool ways to do it.

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    Yeah its fast, powerful & beautiful

    Recommanded for Gamers or peoples like dont want to waste time

    windows 8 boots on my SSD in just 2.1 Secs and from HDD its takes 5 secs much more than windows 7 its the old say man its the new windows 95 thing it boots real fast

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