Windows 8 had innovative display, stylish outlook and smart user interface. It became immensely popular in spite of some basic flaws. Users loved it due to its unique appearance and innovative features. It was released in four editions. I am discussing here the most wanted edition Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro missed various important features for professionals. That’s why Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Pro update to cover the missing features.
Download Windows 8 Pro ISO
- 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
Methods to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 8 Pro [Installation Guide]
For your convenience, I have divided the installation in two sections. In the first section we will convert the ISO image into a bootable USB/DVD. The next section will cover the installation.
Method 1: Create Bootable Windows 8 Pro Via Rufus
The easiest way to create a bootable USB flash drive is to use Rufus. It’s a third-party tool. You can download it free. It’s particularly useful when you want to use a straightforward way without wasting much time. You will use a few clicks and Rufus will complete the process automatically.
- Click Here to download the tool.
- Now, go to Downloads and click “rufus.exe” to start the installation.
- When the installation is over, launch the tool.
- Now, download Windows 8 Pro ISO from the Download section of this post. (Check your system’s version whether it’s 64-bit or 32-bit. Download the accurate version’s ISO file.)
- Connect a 4GB USB flash drive to your PC.
- In Rufus, click the option “Create a Bootable USB Drive.”
- Now, select “Browse” to open Windows 8 Pro ISO and click “Next.”
- Now, click the option “Start” and “Windows 8 Pro ISO.”
- Rufus will convert the ISO image into an executable file within a couple of minutes.
- That’s it. Your Windows 8.1 Pro bootable USB flash drive is ready.
- Now, plug in USB with PC and restart it to start the installation.
Method # 2: Create Bootable USB via CMD
Another method is to use the Command Prompt Administrator. I will recommend you to use it if you are expert in Command Prompt.
Follow the steps below to create a bootable USB flash drive.
- Download Windows 8.1 Pro ISO from the above section and save to your PC.
- Connect a 4GB USB flash drive with your PC.
- Open the Start menu and look for the Command Prompt.
- Right-click on CMD and select “Run as Administrator” 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.)
- “Create partition primary”
- “select partition 1” (You can write here the drive name like C: or D: )
- “format fs=NTFS”
- Type “assign letter=X” (You can use any available letter.)
- Type “bootsect /nt60 X:” here.
- Now give the last command to copy the ISO file “xcopy G:\*.* X:\ /E /F /H.” The term “XCOPY” shows the copy of the ISO file.
- That’s all. Now, your Windows 10 bootable USB drive is ready to use.
- Close CMD Administrator.
- Connect the bootable USB flash drive to the system and restart it.
- When you see Windows logo, keep pressing F2 and Esc key at the same time to enter BIOS.
- Select “Boot” from here.
- Press the down arrow to move through the list of options and select “USB” here.
- It will show you a few options. Select the relevant option and select “Exit Saving Changes” to exit BIOS.
- Now, click to your preferred language.
- From the same page, select keyboard input method and Time & Currency format.
- Here, select “Install Now” option to start the installation.
- Insert the product key.
- Now, click the box “I Accept the Terms” to proceed.
- Here, select the type of installation from “Upgrade” or “Custom.” If you want to keep previous data and files, select “Upgrade.” Select “Custom: Install Windows only” option if you want to install a fresh copy of Windows.
- Now, make partitions of your Hard disk drive and select the drive where you want to install Windows.
- That’s it. It will show you the installation process in percentage. Wait for a while until it sets up the Windows.
Windows 8/8.1 Pro Features
You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if you are using Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate. The basic features of Windows 8 Pro are the same, but it has some additional features too. Let’s have a look at its striking features.
BitLocker feature was initially introduced in Windows Vista Business Edition. Later, it became a part of Windows 7 as BitLocker-to-Go. Now users get an improved version of BitLocker in Windows 8 Pro to protect hard-drive. If your laptop is stolen or lost, BitLocker/BitLocker-to-Go protects data. It also protects other storage devices like a USB thumb drive. However, it can be turned on/off through the Admin User’s account.
Remote Desktop allows you to exchange files with other users remotely. This feature was also available in Windows RT, but in Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise, it can host a remote desktop session too.
Domain Join is the key feature in Windows 8 Pro. Admin user can access Active Directory by using it. It’s used to access the Group Policy feature for PC management and security policies. You can verify passwords and give access to common users to some particular drive by using Active Directory.
Booting from Virtual Hard Disk is another useful feature Microsoft introduced in Windows 8 Pro. By using it you can run older Windows 7 applications in Windows 8. So, you can test apps without affecting the performance of the PC. It’s not a virtual machine, but a virtual hard disk.
Easy Gestures support swiping from left to right and vice versa.
Semantic Zoom allows you to zoom in by pinching. It’s particularly useful to read news and emails.
MS Office complete suite allows you to create and edit documents, presentations, meeting notes, and spreadsheets.
Client Hyper-V in Windows 8 helps users create virtual machines. This feature is altogether new for users and Microsoft has introduced it for the very first time in Windows 8 Pro.
Enjoy a faster and secure browsing experience with upgraded Internet Explorer 10. No hacker or malicious site can track your IP address and personal data.
Live tiles on Home Screen bring automatic updates for you. Mail, Calendar and News apps provide you with the latest updates without refreshing them again and again.
Windows Defender brings the updated security to protect your data and operations from malicious software. It defends Windows and your documents from virus, Trojans, malware and adware.
Updated Task Manager is easy to operate now.
Pack of Languages brings ease to change a language anytime.
It supports multiple monitors. If you are working on multiple monitors in a project, it’s particularly useful for professionals.
Lock Screen brings the latest alerts for weather, news and emails. You don’t need to unlock the system again and again to get the latest news and weather alerts. Moreover, you can customize the Lock Screen to use the camera and other features too.
Refresh is a quick to feature in Windows 8 Pro. You don’t need to refresh PC by restarting it. Now, refresh with a click. It’s particularly useful when your PC runs slower due to bugs.
It has quick Startup including shutdown, startup, hibernation and sleep.