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Portable Windows 8 Consumer Preview Tutorial

You will need:

  • USB Stick or External Hard drive Must be greater than 16GB Preferably USB 3.0
  • Lots of Time

Before you begin the steps in this tutorial I must warn you that I take no responsibility for any damages caused and you follow the tutorial at your own risk. This article has been written in addition to this YouTube video:

Warning: This is recommended for advanced users only
Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO file – Make a note of the product key

Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)

Download and install Virtual Clone Drive  (This is only required if you can’t already mount ISO files).

When the WAIK has finished downloading, mount it (using the Virtual Clone Drive) and then open the installer which will appear as a CD drive. Once the setup loads click ‘Windows AIK’ from the sidebar and follow through the installer.Once the installation is complete navigate to (If it was installed to the default location):

C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools

If you have a 64 bit computer open the “amd 64” folder. Alternatively, if it is 32 bit open the “x86” folder. Copy the “imagex.exe” file and paste it in the root of the C drive (C:\). If a warning message appears click ‘Continue’.

Next, mount the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO. Then open command prompt by typing “cmd” in the start menu. Right hand click on it and select ‘Run as Administrator’.

Plug in the external hard drive or USB stick.

Warning: All existing data is going to be erased from the device.

Next, enter the following commands

diskpart
list disk

All the disks currently connected to your computer will then be displayed. Replace * with disk number you are going to be installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on.

select disk *
clean
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick
active
assign
exit

Replace @ with the virtual CD drive letter (the mounted ISO). Replace # with the drive letter of the external hard drive or USB stick.

C:\imagex.exe /apply @:\sources\install.wim 1 #:\
bcdboot.exe #:\windows /s #:

To finish the installation you will now need to restart your computer. Make sure that it boots from the USB stick or external hard drive. (If you don’t know how to do this check with your PC manufacturer or look in the bios settings). The computer will then restart several times (make sure it boots from the USB stick each time).

Next, enter the product key and confirm you agree to the terms and conditions. Then fill out the personalization settings to complete the installation.

You now have a portable copy of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Remember not to remove the USB stick or external hard drive whilst the computer is running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Comment below to let me know how you have got on

Tags:
Windows 8

II am the Founder and Director of Wheal Media Limited and a student studying MEng Computer Engineering at the University of Portsmouth.

http://www.johnwheal.co.uk
John Wheal
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