Microsoft released an entirely new Windows 8 for users. It was released in various editions and won the hearts of people with innovative features and new outlook. Everybody became a fan of this version of Windows. However, a few missing were realized later, but still it made a great success. Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update to cover the shortcomings.

Download Windows 8 Core

ISO 32-bit

Download 32-bit

ISO 64-bit

Download 64-bit

Download Requirements

  • 1GB RAM for 32-bit, 2GB RAM for 64-bit
  • 16GB Hard disk space for 32-bit and 20GB for 64-bit
  • 1GHz or above processor

Installation Key

See below the installation key that helps install Windows 8 Core.

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Methods to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive [Installation Guide]

I have divided the downloading and installation process into two phases. In the first phase, I will explain how to create a Windows 8 Core bootable USB flash drive. The next part will explain the installation process.

Method 1: Create Bootable Windows 8 Core Via Rufus

It’s a very easy method and a newbie can use it to create a bootable USB flash drive. Creating a bootable USB flash drive will require a few clicks only.

  1. Click Here to download the tool.
  2.  Now, click the downloaded file to start the installation.
  3. When the installation is over, launch the tool.
  4. Now, download Windows 8 Core ISO from the above section. (Check your system’s version before you download it. If it’s 64-bit or 32-bit, download the ISO file accordingly.
  5. Connect a 4GB USB flash drive to your PC.
  6. Open Rufus and select the option “Create a Bootable USB Drive.”
  7. Now, select “Browse” to locate the Windows 8 Core ISO.
  8. Click “Next” from here.
  9. Now, select “Start” and “Windows 8 Core ISO.”
  10. Rufus starts converting the ISO image into an executable file. The process takes a couple of minutes.
  11. Your Windows 8 Core bootable USB flash drive is ready.
  12. Now, plug in USB with PC and restart it to start the installation.

Method # 2: Create Bootable USB via CMD

If you don’t want to use a third-party tool, use Command Prompt to create a bootable USB. Follow the steps below to create USB via Command Prompt Administrator.

Step 1: Download Windows 8 Core ISO from the above section and save it to your PC.

Step 2: Format the USB flash drive by using the following method.

Make sure that you are using an 8GB USB flash drive that could accommodate the ISO image of windows 8 Core.

  • Connect a 4GB USB flash drive with your PC.
  • Go to the Start menu, and look for the Command Prompt.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator” from here.
  • Here, type a few commands and press Enter every time.
  • “list disk”
  •  “select disc #” (Here, replace “#” with the number where you want to install Windows.)
  •  “clean”
  •  “Create partition primary”
  •  “select partition 1” (You can write here the drive name like E: or D: )
  • “Active”
  •  “format fs=NTFS”
  • Type “assign” (here, assign a volume and drive letter to the USB drive)
  •  “exit”  (It will exit “Disk Partition”)
  • Now, you will see the flash drive will be visible in Windows Explorer with a name like F:\ or E:\.

Step 3: Make the USB Flash Drive Bootable

Now, you will follow some commands to make this USB flash drive bootable.

  • Type “bootsect /nt60 X:” here. (Change “X” with the drive letter of a flash drive)

Step 4: Copy the Windows ISO Files to USB Flash Drive

  • Now give the final command to copy the ISO file “xcopy G:\*.* X:\ /E /F /H.” The term “XCOPY” shows a copy of the ISO file.
  • Close CMD Administrator.

That’s all. Now, your Windows 10 bootable USB drive is ready to use.

Installation Guide

  1. Attach the bootable USB to the system and restart it.
  2. When you see the Windows logo, keep pressing F2 and Esc key to enter BIOS.
  3. Select “Boot” from here.
  4. Press the down arrow and select the USB option here.
  5. It will show you a few options. Select the relevant option and Press “Exit Saving Changes” to exit BIOS.
  6. Select your preferred language from here.
  7. From the same page, select the keyboard input method and Time & Currency format.
  8. On the next screen, select “Install Now” option to start the installation.
  9. In the next section, insert the product key. (I have provided the product key in the above section.)
  10. Now, click the box “I Accept the Terms” to proceed.
  11. Here, select the type of installation from “Upgrade” or “Custom.” If you want to keep previous data and files, select “Upgrade.” Select the “Custom: Install Windows only” option if you want to install a fresh copy of Windows.
  12. Now, make partitions of your Hard disk drive and select the drive where you want to install Windows.
  13. That’s it. It will show you the installation process in percentage. Wait for a while until it sets up the Windows.

Salient Features of Windows 8

Windows 8 has an entirely new user interface. It’s a bit complicated for a newbie to operating this innovative UI. Tiled Homescreen gives a unique outlook to it. Let’s see how does it inspire you?

Easy Gesture supports touchscreen and swiping from left to the right and vice versa to show Charms bar. It makes the operation easier for users.

Live tiles bring more convenience to users. News tile shows the latest news automatically. Calendar app shows alerts for upcoming occasions. In the same way, Mail shows the latest emails in your mailbox. So, you don’t need to refresh your apps again and again now. Everything is on your Live Tiles.

Semantic Zoom ensures easy zoon-in and zoom-out. You need to pinch-to-zoom in and out instead of scrolling the page. It’s particularly useful when you are checking emails or reading the newspaper.

Beautiful Lock Screen brings the latest weather and email alerts even when your PC is locked. It also brings upcoming meeting alerts, camera and switches user features. You can customize the Lock Screen to add your photos and slides to it.

The apps list appears with a powerful search feature. When you type a few letters regarding an app, it shows the relevant results instantly.

It is easy to refresh and reset your PC. With the one-click process, you can refresh your PC. So, when you have bugs and a slower PC, just tap the refresh button and enjoy a refreshed and bugs-free PC.

“Sync your Settings” facilitates you to customize photos, colors, background, lock screen images, and other settings.

It brings smoother operation, quick switching between apps and between tasks.

You will notice it has a faster Startup, shutdown, sleep and hibernates than predecessors.

FAQs

I am trying to install Windows 8.1, but it fails at 50% or 60%. Please help me.
It’s due to the outdated drivers. Update drivers before starting the installation process. Open “Device Manager” and see if any driver has a yellow triangle sign before it. Update it and re-install Windows 8.1.
When I start the installation, it shows “error 0x80240031”. I am trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7.
It happens when you don’t install upgrades. Run “Windows Update” to install new updates. In the left pane of the window, you will see “Restore hidden updates.” Click this option to install hidden updates too. Now, start the installation again.
I am trying to install Windows 8.1 from Windows 7. It shows “Unable to install Windows” when a 96% installation process is complete. Why does it happen?
You may be using a third-party antivirus tool. Uninstall it and also disable the Windows firewall for some hours. They may be interrupting the installation process. Disable them and restart the PC and try to install again.
I am running Windows 7 and trying to install Windows 8.1. It shows “Windows 8.1 Installation has failed” message at 53%. Please help.
Disconnect all peripheral devices from PC. Make sure; you have not connected a scanner, printer, headphones, speakers and any other device with PC while installing Windows 8.1.

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