How to Install Windows 8 from USB & recover your Windows Product Key!

How to install Windows 8 from a USB -

This applies to Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

You can use it without any worries, for any version . The motherboard must also support boot from USB but unless you have a machine over 6 years it should be compatible.

The Windows USB installation is very fast,



Things needed
USB (minimum 4G)
Windows installations (ISO)
Your Windows Product key!



First things you will want to do is Recover your windows product key
Many programs were developed for recovering Windows 7 product keys but not that many work on Windows 8

Download Belarc Advisor

Not only will it show your Windows license key but also builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status and security benchmarks. When you run it, it spends quite a while analyzing the local network of your computer or device. 





 You do have the option to skip the network part which is fine to do in this case.


                             When done, the results are shown in a local web page.


When done, the results are shown in a local web page. There is lots of information being shown and you might be lost at first. But take a scroll down the page and you will see a list of installed software as shown above



You ready?



Microsoft has released a Windows 7 USB/DVD utility to help prepare the USB key.
1. download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and install it
2. run the tool and select the iso of Windows 8.
3. click on "USB Device"




4 Select your USB flash drive and click "Begin copying"





5. If the key contains data, it'll erase them before copying.
 The tool will then prepare the USB key
6. then it only remains to boot the PC on the USB stick. 
(Depending on the model of PC, press on the keys ESC/F8 to choose the boot on the USB stick...)

Happy Installing!!

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