Learn How to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant

With time goes by, users's demand for BYOD have become more and more common. In order to satisfy user's requirement, Microsoft has released a new feature called Windows To Go in the Enterprise Edition of Windows 8 and 8.1. This new feature allows users to boot Windows 8/8.1 from a certified USB flash drive. In this way, users can deploy their own work environment at any computer. Therefore, users can make Windows 8 bootable USB easily with this fantastic function offered by Microsoft.

However, if you are not a user of Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise Edition, you aren’t able to benefit from Windows To Go. Fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant enables users to create a bootable USB flash drive from Windows 8 ISO or ESD file even you have neither Enterprise of Windows 8/8.1 nor certified USB.

Before guiding you through the process of how to create a Windows 8 bootable USB drive, you need to know some requirements and tips listed below:

  • You need to prepare a 13 GB or larger USB drive. Also, it could be external USB hard drive or SSD.
  • You need to prepare a Windows 8 installation disc, ISO file, or ESD file.
  • You can create a Windows 8 to go bootable usb on any computer installed Windows operating system. NO need Windows 8 Enterprise Edition.
  • The larger the USB drive is, the better the result will be. Meanwhile, certified USB 3.0 drives coming from vendors like IronKey, Kingston, Spyrus and others are recommended.
  • If you have a Windows 8 installation disc, you can directly insert it in CD/DVD-ROM and then continue.
  • If you have a Windows 8 ISO/ESD installation file, please extract it to a proper place with WinRAR or WinZIP, or mount it as virtual drive by using third-party ISO mounting or burning software such as DAEMON Tools Lite.

Step 1: Plug the USB drive into a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port on the computer. Make sure that it is detected by your machine.

Step 2: Download, install, and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. The program will automatically display your USB drive, and here is Disk 4. Then, click "Windows To Go Creator" in the left side.

Windows To Go Creator

Step 3: In the pop-up window, click "Browse" button to select Windows 8 installation file (named install.wim or install.esd) which locates under \sources folder. If the program doesn’t detect it automatically, please click "Browse" to select manually. After that, click "OK" to continue.

Browse Windows 8 Image ISO
Select Windows 8 Installation File

Step 4: Click "Proceed". The program will inform you about something important. The data on this USB drive will be deleted and the partition on USB drive will be formatted as NTFS file system. To back up data, free backup software, like AOMEI Backupper Standard, is recommended. After clicking "Yes", creating Windows 8 bootable USB drive will begin.

Note Before Creating
Creating Windows 8 Bootable USB Drive

When the task is completed, you can plug the Windows 8 bootable USB drive into any computer with any operating system at anywhere, enter BIOS setting, and change the firmware boot order to USB first and save. After that, you will boot into Windows 8. By the way, AOMEI Windows To Go Creator also supports installing Windows 8.1 on USB drive.

In a word, to enjoy portable workspace, if you are Windows 8 or 8.1 enterprise user, just use built-in Windows To Go to create Windows 8 bootable USB drive easily; if not, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant. No matter which one you choose, Windows 8 bootable USB makes BYOD possible.

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