Since, Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7, By now, you must know that Windows 8 Consumer Preview can be installed either by downloading the ISO file or using the Windows 8 Setup.
The easiest way to convert an ISO file to a DVD in Windows 7 is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an ISO file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability. One option is the USB/DVD download tool provided by the Microsoft Store.
You can also download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup, which includes tools that allow you to create a DVD or USB flash drive from an ISO file (Windows Vista or Windows 7 required).
The best thing about the setup is that it includes tools for creating bootable USB flash drives and an ISO file. So, in Windows 8, if you have downloaded the setup file, you won’t need the assistance of third-party software or the Command Prompt method to create bootable Windows 8 USB flash drive.
But if you have downloaded Windows 8 CP in ISO format and prefer not to use the Command Prompt to create the bootable USB, a handy tool (Windows 8 USB Installer Maker) can be used for creating bootable Windows 8 USB flash drives with a few mouse clicks.
This tool makes 3 steps
- 1. Formats your pendrive to NTFS format (REQUIRED)
- 2. Extracts all files to your USB drive (THIS WILL TAKE LONG TIME!!! VERY LONG TIME)
- 3. Writes the USB Boot MBR
Windows 8 USB Installer Maker formats your USB drive in NTFS format, extracts all files from the ISO file to the USB, and then writes the boot MBR on to the USB to make it bootable. As always, you need to have a USB flash drive with 4GB or more disk space to use the drive for this operation.
Please note that the tool should be launched as administrator. To do this, right-click on Windows 8 USB Installer Maker and then click Run as administrator. Don’t forget to backup data from the USB drive before using to make bootable media.