How to install Windows 8 / Server 2012 from a bootable USB stick

Microsoft released the Windows 8 and the Windows Server 2012 operating system. The fastest way to install these new operating systems is undoubtedly via bootable USB stick. Most motherboards today support boot options with USBs, and in this way it will cost you no blank DVD. You only need a PC or laptop running on Windows, the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 disk image file (ISO), a USB stick (4GB or greater in size) and the Microsoft Windows 7 USB Tool.

The Microsoft Windows 7 USB Tool is free to download (download it here) and the installation is very simple, just follow these 3 steps:


Press the Next button


Press the “Install” button


Press the “Finish” button

Now that the Microsoft Windows 7 USB Tool is installed it’s time to create the bootable USB stick. Note that the content of the USB drive will be erased so, if needed, make a backup of any important files first. Connect the USB stick into your pc or laptop, start the “Windows 7 USB Tool” and follow these 4 easy steps:



Browse to the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ISO file and press the “Next” button


Press the “USB device” button


Select the correct USB stick en press on the “Begin copying” button


After the “backup” is completed (it takes a few minutes) you can close the program

After that, you are ready to install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 from the new created bootable USB stick. You only have to make sure that the destination PC or laptop boots from the USB stick.

About Robin Hobo

I work as a Senior Solution Architect with focus on the Modern Workspace. I am specialized in Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Windows 365 and Microsoft EM+S (including Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Microsoft Intune).

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