Install Windows 8 64bit OEM with no dvd drive

I'm building a new home computer and I have the 64-bit OEM version of Windows 8. The PC I am building does not have an optical drive, so I would like to install it via USB. Unfortunately the Windows 8 downloader at this link ( ) does not accept OEM CD-Keys, I receive the following message: "This product key cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows 8".

Go to a working computer that has a DVD drive and use the USB thumbdrive you have to create a bootable copy from your OEM system builder disc


you will have to use a tool such as the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (
This simple tool will help you convert the same image file into to a USB thumb drive. For installation purposes, you should get a thumb drive that’s at least 4 GBs in size to store the installation files. Browse to where the Windows 8 disc is stored, open it.


Select the USB device where you want to have the backup stored to for installation.


Once the USB device has been identified, click the Begin copying button.


And that’s it

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Last updated April 28, 2021 Views 8,248 Applies to: