I’m spending some time rebuilding my aging laptop with Windows 8. I’ve chosen to do a complete reformat and install using Windows 8 Enterprise. In order to install Win 8 Enterprise, I’m using the Windows 7 USB/Download Tool to create a bootable image from an ISO over to my USB stick.
This morning I’ve tried 4 different USB keys and all of them have failed to be able to create a Windows 8 bootable image. The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool keeps telling me that there’s errors and problems creating the USB image.
In the end I figured out the issue – my Trend Micro WFBS 8.0 antivirus software was silently blocking the attempts of the USB download tool to create the bootable image. I temporarily unloaded (not uninstalled) the Trend WFBS Client Security Agent and now I’m creating the bootable USB without an issue. You might want to consider this yourself regardless of the Antivirus software you use as they can all block writes to USB if they have that capability.