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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

When I used the Bootcamp Assistant to create a bootable USB from my Windows 8 ISO my PC just hung on a flashing cursor in text mode while the activity light on my USB key blinked.

I believe the Apple Bootcamp installer prepares the USB key for EFI boot only (because that's what Mac's need) and does not properly prepare MBR boot code. My motherboard (ASRock H77-PRO4-M) fully supports EFI, but defaults to trying MBR boot. I had to explicitly choose the UEFI boot option form my boot menu (F11 or F12 at power on) and with that the installer booted perfectly:

BIOS Boot Selector: Choose USB UEFI

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After reading through several stackexchange answers, I found steps that worked on this site.

He walks you through how to format the USB stick so that Windows will recognize it, and how to use Unetbootin to copy the ISO image.

I'll reproduce the steps here for convenience:

Format the disk in Disk Utility, with the correct MBR

  1. Open Disk Utilty
  2. Select the USB device
  3. Click Partition
  4. Select 1 partition in the partition layout
  5. Select “Master Boot Record” in the options
  6. Select MS-DOS (FAT) in the format type.
  7. Click Apply, then Partition
  8. Close Disk Utility

This will wipe the USB disk and set it up with the correct boot record

Install the MBR binary from the SysLinux project

  1. Use the command line diskutil to find the device name for your USB drive.

    diskutil list
  2. Unmount the USB drive with the command line. NB: Be sure to swap the device reference (in my case it is /dev/SOMEdisk2) with the correct one for your usb key that you identified in the previous step – this will change for each machine.

    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/SOMEdisk2
  3. Mark the partition active, then unmount it again

    sudo fdisk -e /dev/SOMEdisk2
    f 1
    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/SOMEdisk2
  4. Download Syslinux and extract the mbr.bin file
  5. Install the MBR

    sudo dd conv=notrunc bs=440 count=1 if=mbr.bin of=/dev/SOMEdisk2

    NB: see my full instructions if you need further help with steps 4 & 5.

Use UnetBootin to install your OS install files

  1. Download and install UnetBootin if you haven’t already
  2. Load the application, choose your preferred distribution, and then click OK
  3. When it’s finished, eject the USB key and use it
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Find the most recent Syslinux .zip at (versions after 5 don't seem to have the mbr.bin file used in the above dd command). – Jorge Orpinel yesterday
UNebootin (613) just doesn't respond when I choose a distro or .iso and click OK with the USB drive formated this way (used Syslinux 5.10 mbr.bin) :T – Jorge Orpinel yesterday

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

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

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