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I have a PC laptop without OS and I would like to install Windows 8.1 on it.

How can I prepare a bootable Windows USB key in Yosemite?

I have to use OSX to prepare the bootable USB Key, as I have no Windows machine to create it on.
Is it possible? How can I do it?

I saw this post: Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X? but here the final destination seems another Mac.
Have I to follow the same procedure?

  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about running OS X on non-Apple hardware. – Daniel Dec 16 '14 at 11:20
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    Not sure it is - I read it as using OS X to create a bootable Windows USB stick, to then use that to install Windows on a PC. – Tetsujin Dec 16 '14 at 11:26
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    This question has been put on hold for the wrong reason. – user62304 Dec 16 '14 at 11:30
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    I've edited for clarity of intent & voted to re-open – Tetsujin Dec 16 '14 at 11:31
  • As from 10.10 I am not quite sure if it is still possible to make NTFS journal. However, once you got bootable it does not matter what the destination is: another mac or windows. – VessoVit Dec 16 '14 at 11:34
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Quick shot:

  1. Download and install VirtualBox
  2. Create a new Windows VM with your Windows 8.1.iso (x64)
  3. Copy the Windows 8.1.iso (x64) to your VM (network sharing)
  4. Download and install Rufus
  5. Plug in your thumb drive and attach it to the VM
  6. Create a bootable thumb drive with Rufus. You may even choose UEFI or BIOS.

Not smart but it should work...

I'm searching for a faster way without creating a VM

  • @Klamath... hehe, i thought to do something like this, but it's looong process... i'll try it in case :) – ehijon Dec 16 '14 at 14:37

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