Install Windows 8 From A USB Stick
Many netbooks and low-profile laptops are ditching the optical drive in favour of portability, which means that installing Windows 8 via a burned DVD is inconvenient at best. Luckily you can easily do it with an 8GB or larger USB stick.
Ghacks points out that Microsoft’s own Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool works perfectly fine for Windows 8, so grab it and use that to image the Win 8 ISO file you downloaded onto your USB drive. The site has more detailed instructions and screenshots, but the utility is pretty straightforward.
How To Install Windows 8 From USB Key
Microsoft has just released a developer preview of their upcoming operating system Windows 8. Users from all over the world can download the preview and install it on their systems. There is only one restriction with regards to the installation: You cannot update an existing copy of Windows, the Windows 8 installation requires a clean install.
I thought it would be perfect for my Acer notebook. It is fairly underpowered by today’s standards, and does not come with a DVD drive which I could use otherwise to install Windows 8.
The only viable option in this case is to install from USB keys, sticks or drives. Installation is a little bit difficulty, as it requires more preparation than just burning an ISO image to disk and putting that ISO into the DVD drive of the computer... continue reading