Having a bootable Windows 8.1 USB flash drive allows you to install Windows 8.1 on any PC without need of downloading the OS from official website and saves you from the hassle of carrying your Windows 8.1 disk everywhere. This article will guide you through the procedure required to create Windows 8.1 USB flash drive.
To create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB flash drive you need a USB drive ( Minimum 4GB), Windows 8.1 ISO file and program to create bootable drive. The program we are going to use here is Rufus, because its lighter yet faster compared to other similar programs. Follow these steps to create bootable Windows 8.1 USB flash drive.
How to Create Bootable Windows 8.1 USB Flash Drive
Step 1: Download Windows 8.1 ISO
Because of piracy issues, now you won’t be able to download Windows 8.1 ISO file from Microsoft’s official website as Microsoft has removed the option to download Windows 8.1 ISO file. However, there is a simple work around to download Windows 8.1 ISO file with media creation tool. Read, how to download Windows 8.1 ISO with media creation tool. After downloading windows 8.1 ISO proceed with step 2.
Step 2: Insert your USB Flash drive
Step 3: Download Rufus and run it on your PC.
Step 4: In Rufus windows, click on Devices and select your USB drive.
Step 5: Click on “Partition scheme and target system type” and select “MBR partition scheme for BIOS”. If you have a UEFI enabled BIOS then select “GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer”.
Step 6: Select “NTFS” for File system. If your Windows 8.1 ISO file is less than 4GB than select Fat 32 for File system.
Step 7: Keep cluster as it is and check Quick Format option.
Step 8: Also check “Create a bootable disk using : “ then select ISO image, locate where you have stored your Windows 8.1 ISO file and select it.
Step 9: Check “Create extendable label and icon files”
Step 10: Recheck all the steps whether you have followed them or not and then click on Start to initialize creating bootable device process.
Wait until your Windows 8.1 bootable flash drive has been created. Once done, you can eject the bootable flash drive and proceed with windows 8.1 installation on your other compatible PC and laptop.