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Installing an OS on a DIY build via flash drive for dummies - How is it done?

#1SpringerPosted 12/1/2013 8:25:38 PM
I am mentally trying to prepare myself for the coming days. I have ordered parts to build my first PC. The only thing that I am missing is an OS. I think I want to install Windows 8 from a USB/Flash drive (What's the proper term?)

What is it going to take for me to get this done? Am I going to need a NTFS flash drive that is at least 8 GB? What else?

How will it work? Is there an alternative solution to this? Microsoft wanted to charge me an extra $15 for a CD copy but I thought I could save my $15 and learn something new.

Please help. Thank you so much.
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#2juscallmeehxPosted 12/1/2013 8:28:54 PM
Get the .iSO file and use WIndows USB Tool

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
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#3AlexKidd5000Posted 12/2/2013 1:19:45 AM
I know Linux has a free tool that easier creates an installable ISO on a flash drive.
#4WyzeGyePosted 12/2/2013 1:22:43 AM
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/


this is what I use. If you're going to install windows with it, you must first format the flash drive as NTFS through explorer and select the corresponding windows at the bottom of the drop down menu, leave the 'format' box unticked. Let it do it's work.
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#5Chaos_MissilePosted 12/2/2013 2:26:55 AM
juscallmeehx posted...
Get the .iSO file and use WIndows USB Tool

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool


This.

I installed 7 64-bit on my desktop a few months back using USB as I decided not to allocate funds for a DVD drive and my old one(which I discovered after the previous decision) used an incompatible cable: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT_Attachment
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#6ChetyrePosted 12/2/2013 4:04:24 AM
If the computer is UEFI you can just dump the iso files in it and it will work
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#7MasterDonGeroPosted 12/2/2013 4:13:32 AM
Depends on what size your boot drive is.
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#8Springer(Topic Creator)Posted 12/2/2013 6:59:32 AM
What is UEFI?
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#9ChetyrePosted 12/2/2013 7:08:04 AM
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. To simplify, it is an alternative to BIOS, which you might be more familiar with
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#10BowsaaPosted 12/2/2013 7:23:16 AM
WyzeGye posted...
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/


this is what I use. If you're going to install windows with it, you must first format the flash drive as NTFS through explorer and select the corresponding windows at the bottom of the drop down menu, leave the 'format' box unticked. Let it do it's work.


Do this, works like a champ.

It's what I did myself.
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