How to make bootable Windows 8.1 installation media or USB drive using Microsoft Windows Installation Media Creation Tool

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Laptops and desktops with pre-installed Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems mostly contain Windows recovery partition on their hard drives (SSD drives) and so they are distributed without installation media. However sometimes users may need these media, for example if their hard drive crashed etc.

For these reasons Microsoft offers a simple utility that allows users to create installation ISO disk image that can be burn to DVD medium, or installation USB flash drive. It is called Windows 8.1 media backup.


  • Windows PC with Internet connection
  • DVD burner or USB flash drive
  • Windows 8.1 media backup installed on PC

The first step is to define Language, Windows Edition and Architecture of the computer you want the system to be installed on.

Setup Windows 8 installation
Setup installation of Windows 8.1

The second step is to select the type of medium (ISO image, USB flash drive) used.

Select type of installation file ISO/USB flash drive

After that the Windows 8.1 media backup program downloads a fresh installation packages of Windows with all service packs, security updates etc. and creates either ISO image, or USB flash drive.

Downloading and creating Windows 8 installation image or flash drive
Wait to download and creating of USB flash drive/ISO image

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Microsoft Windows 8    Microsoft Windows platform
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