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I need to make a bootable usb with windows 8 files on it, I can't think of easier option than creating it via help of bootcamp, but Will it work for pc (I want to install files on my pc)?

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Bootcamp won't do what you want. –  Andrew Larsson Dec 31 '13 at 17:35

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It should. Bootcamp functions as a normal Windows operating system, just make sure the program you use to create the bootable flash drive actually works.

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Hi thanks, I didn't understand last bit about program to use to make bootable flash drive, I'll use bootcamp assistant to do that, will that work? –  Ilya Knaup Dec 25 '12 at 13:06
Yes, if you have 4.0 or higher –  ekaj Dec 27 '12 at 1:46
I'm not sure why you just accepted this answer. It's not even a definitive one. –  user10355 Dec 31 '13 at 6:23

I have tried that, and all i get is a black screen and a white blinking underscore. I have tried other things to fix but I can't seem to fine a good enough solution. Also, my pc is brand new and I built so there is no optical drive. Plus, i have never installed windows before.

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Did you make a bootable USB drive using bootcamp? Just adding the outline of the steps you took might help others know wha not to do and just maybe someone could point out a more complete solution. –  bmike Dec 31 '13 at 3:11

No. Bootcamp will make a bootable copy of Windows for a Mac only. Macs have UEFI instead of traditional BIOSes. PCs are adopting this technology but slowly.

I believe OS X formats the USB stick using GUID/HFS+, which PCs and Windows do not like. There are just too many hurdles to believe a bootable copy of Windows will work on a PC.

However, you could try this alternative method: Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?

Note: Just make sure the USB stick is formatted using MBR instead of GUID to maximize impartiality.

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@ekaj How do you figure that? He says with the help of Bootcamp. Moreover, read the actual title of his question. To me that reads that he is trying to use the option within Bootcamp to create the bootable USB installer. Also, please don't use the vote system out of angst. Please conduct yourself with maturity. –  user10355 Dec 31 '13 at 7:11
I down voted your answer because it wasn't one. You basically said "yeah maybe." You also didn't answer the question correctly as there is more evidence to suggest that he wanted to use a bootcamp created USB installer than using bootcamp to install Windows and then make the USB installer from that environment. You also didn't provide any detail (clear steps, potential caveats, etc.). We here aim for quality answers, not quick remarks. If anything, your reply would have best been served as a comment. –  user10355 Dec 31 '13 at 7:15
Indeed. Hence my comment above. –  user10355 Dec 31 '13 at 7:17
Just tested - Boot Camp creates an MBR-formatted drive –  Kevin Chen Jul 21 '14 at 17:44

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