Create a bootable USB to install Windows 8 Server or Hyper-V Server 8

Not all servers nowadays have DVD player installed. Sometimes it is handy to boot from USB and install for example Windows Server 8. Here’s a example how to make the USB stick bootable for the following OS versions:

– Windows Server 8

– Hyper-V Server 8

– Server 2008 R2

– Hyper-V Server R2


– Need 4 GB USB memory stick or more

– Download the desired ISO and save it

Stick the USB stick on a  free USB port on your computer equipped with a Windows OS. For this example I used Windows7 as Operating System. Clear the USB stick and create a partition on it by using the following command’s:

Open the command prompt ((make sure you run the cmd prompt as administrator)


list disk "list the disk in your system including the USB"
select disk "USB number"
create partition primary
format fs=fat32 quick

Mount the ISO  and copy all the content of the desired ISO to USB stick. For mounting the ISO I used “Deamon Tools Lite”.

Now the bootable stick is ready for use.  Boot your server with the stick and your able to install Windows 8, Windows 8 Server, 2008 R2 or Hyper-V server 8.


5 thoughts on “Create a bootable USB to install Windows 8 Server or Hyper-V Server 8”

  1. Hey, I’m trying to create a virtual machine on my windows 8 with hyper-v, how can I make the virtual machine read from usb ? it asks for dvd

  2. Worked like a charm using Win7 home premium and DAEMON Tools Lite. Currently installing hyper-v on an AMD+ ASRock 970 Extreme3 MB with AMD FX 6100 using a Patriot 8GB flash drive. Thanks for posting these instructions.

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