It looks like nobody mentioned this simple method that works with:
- The 64-bit version of any of Windows 7, WHS2011, WS2008, Windows 8, WS2012, and WS2012E
- SSD or HDD, whatever size up to 4TB (or larger in future), formatted (with MBR or GPT) or unformatted. During the installation process GPT
will be created automatically instead of out-of-date MBR. If MBR is already there, it will be deleted and taken place by GPT.
- A UEFI motherboard (every latest motherboard is of this type)Requirement of a USB flash drive
- A 4GB (or larger) USB 2.0/3.0 flash drive for Windows 7, WS2008, Windows 8 and WS2012.
- A 8GB (or larger) USB 2.0/3.0 flash drive for WHS2011 and WS2012E.Preparing the USB flash drive1.
Format the USB flash drive with FAT32
in any existing Windows (32-bit or 64-bit) system. NTFS does not support EFI boot.2.
Right-click the Windows installation ISO file, select "7-Zip", then "Extract files
" to the USB drive. Or mount the ISO and copy
all the contents of the virtual drive to the USB drive. If you have an installation DVD, then copy
all the contents of the DVD to the USB drive.That's it
There is no need to make the USB flash drive "bootable" nor launch "diskpart" ulitlity to do something strange. EXCEPT FOR Windows 7
(see below).Installing OS1.
Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port of the system. Note that
- Windows 7 / WHS2011 / WS2008 does not support USB 3.0 natively, so you'd better avoid a USB 3.0 port (otherwise you may be required to install USB 3.0 driver during the installation).
- Windows 8 / WS2012 / WS2012E supports USB 3.0 natively, so you can use a USB 3.0 port with no problem.2.
Start the system. During the POST screen press the key
for some ASUS mb
for ASUS / ASRock / ECS / MSI
for GIGABYTE / Intel
to launch the boot menu, select UEFI USB flash drive
(or a similar entry), then press Enter key. Selecting the entry with the name "UEFI" and "USB" is critical. Installation process will begin immediately.Windows 7 specific
Actually an extra step is necessary to create an installation USB flash drive for Windows 7
1. Select the file D:\sources\install.wim
("D" is the drive letter of the USB flash drive). This is a compressed file. Right click it, select "7-Zip", then "Open archive".
2. Go to the directory D:\sources\install.wim\1\Windows\Boot\EFI\
inside 7-Zip File Manager.
3. Copy the file bootmgfw.efi
there to the directory D:\efi\boot\
(you have to create it). Rename it to bootx64.efi
The point is, somehow the file D:\efi\boot\bootx64.efi is missing in Windows 7
installation disc (without which you can't boot into the installation process) so that you have to create it manually. No other OS (even WHS2011) suffers from this problem.Edited by renethx - 8/3/13 at 12:28am