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  • I have already download windows8 from technet account. But when I try to use Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to create a bootable USB for windows8 64bit, the progress completed, but it cannot create bootsector. How can I fix this??

    Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:53 AM

Answers

  • You can make a bootable media manually.

    From an Windows vista or newer.

    Open an eleveted commando prompt.

    run diskpart

    then:

    Diskpart> list disk

    Diskpart> sel disk 1                    <---------------- the number of you usb

    Diskpart>clean

    Diskpart>create part pri

    Diskpart>format fs=ntfs quick

    Diskpart>Active

    Diskpart>Assign

    Now he usbdisk is ready, copy the files from the windows 8 media.

    Now you boot and install Windows from the usb.

    • Proposed as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, October 5, 2012 8:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:34 AM
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:47 AM
  • Please follow the below procedure.
    1. Windows 8 x64 ISO
    2. WIndows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
    3. 32-bit bootsect.exe

    Create the installer

    1. Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
    2. Extract the 32-bit bootsect.exe file to the directory that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool was installed to. This is usually something like“C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Apps\Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool“.
    3. Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and select your Windows 7 disc image. Follow the remaining steps in this tool and your image should be created successfully!

    Hope a Reply the thread from New PC.

    • Proposed as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, October 5, 2012 8:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:34 AM
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:01 PM

All replies

  • You can make a bootable media manually.

    From an Windows vista or newer.

    Open an eleveted commando prompt.

    run diskpart

    then:

    Diskpart> list disk

    Diskpart> sel disk 1                    <---------------- the number of you usb

    Diskpart>clean

    Diskpart>create part pri

    Diskpart>format fs=ntfs quick

    Diskpart>Active

    Diskpart>Assign

    Now he usbdisk is ready, copy the files from the windows 8 media.

    Now you boot and install Windows from the usb.

    • Proposed as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, October 5, 2012 8:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:34 AM
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:47 AM
  • Please follow the below procedure.
    1. Windows 8 x64 ISO
    2. WIndows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
    3. 32-bit bootsect.exe

    Create the installer

    1. Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
    2. Extract the 32-bit bootsect.exe file to the directory that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool was installed to. This is usually something like“C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Apps\Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool“.
    3. Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and select your Windows 7 disc image. Follow the remaining steps in this tool and your image should be created successfully!

    Hope a Reply the thread from New PC.

    • Proposed as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, October 5, 2012 8:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:34 AM
    Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:01 PM
  • I am confused. How does selecting the Windows 7 disc image create a Windows 8 bootable USB? Is it a typo? Where do I get the 32-bit bootsector.exe, from the Windows 8 32-bit ISO or from somewhere else?
    Monday, October 22, 2012 4:25 AM
  • Nope, no typo. I have used the Windows 7 selection for Windows 7, 8, Vista, Server 2008R2 and Server 2012 USB installations.

    Kind Regards Jaco Smit

    Saturday, February 16, 2013 5:22 PM
  • OK,

    Granted that this may be working for some folks, but I have some questions before I try this.

    1) I think I know this, but just to be clear, what exactly is "32-bit bootsect.exe", and what does it do?

    3) For Windows 8 x64 shouldn't there be a  "64-bit bootsect.exe"?

    2) Can I download a copy from Microsoft directly or find it in an image somewhere so that I may better trust that it is not hacked or infected? It is very nice of you to provide a download link, but most people consider it very bad practice to just use random programs found on the web.

    -Thanks

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013 3:20 PM
  • Create a Windows 8 USB installation disk is very easy, you just need to Get a Windows 8 ISO image file from Microsoft Official site, and get a Windows 8 USB install tool, and then burn the Windows 8 ISO image file to the USB. Please make sure to burn the Windows 8 image file to the USB, or your PC will not be boot from the USB drive.

    After you have created the Windows 8 bootable USB successfully, the step to set your pc to boot from the USB is also very important. You have to get into the BIOS settings to change the USB device for the first boot option, or it won’t boot from the USB disk automatically.

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:44 AM
  • When you do that to make an Win 8 x64 from a 32-bit Windows machine you get an error because it need the bootsec.exe so your post is not an answer to the problem.

    Where to find bootsec.exe in an official version is what would be nice to know as it is impossible to find it via search on MS pages.

    B.R. JP

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 8:32 AM
  • go to Microsoft downloads its there
    Monday, February 16, 2015 8:22 PM