Make Your Own Living Room PC - OS installation

The configuration presented on Friday does not have an optical drive. I also do not plan to include it in the more expensive configuration. That's why today I am going to show you a short tutorial how to install OS without DVD drive.

The easiest way to do this is to install Windows (unfortunately the Steam OS beta dones't work with AMD APU yet) from a USB flash drive. To do this, we will also need another PC with a DVD drive and some software.

Step 1
create an ISO image of Windows disc on the second PC. You can use any burning software. I recomend BurnAware Free, MagicISO or PowerISO.

Step 2
Connect your flash drive to the PC - it has to be at least 4GB (but it would be better to use 8GB to have enough space to copy rest of the drivers on it).

Step 3
Go to, download and start free software called Rufus. From the "Device" drop box choose your USB Flash drive.

Step 4
From "Partition scheme and target system type" pick GPT for UEFI PC - it is neccessary since any other configuration isn't going to work with the newest motherboards.

Step 5
Click the icon with the DVD drive () and select the prepared ISO file.

Step 6
Click and wait few minutes while files are copied to the flash drive.

Step 7
Now open the the flash drive and create a second folder there, "drivers". Copy everything from the motherboard DVD (or download latest drivers from the internet) there.

Now you can removethe flash drive from the PC and connect it to your "console". Remember that in some motherboards the USB 3.0 may not work properly until you instal the drivers so use USB 2.0 for instalation.

A tip:

After you have Windows and the drivers installed, you can make your first step to preparing your computer for no-keyboard use.
Depending on the BIOS version, your computer may show an error while you try to start it computer without the keyboard connected to it. You can avoid this by small changes in BIOS.

#1 Connect the keyboard to the PC and press [DEL] just after turning the power on.
#2 Go to the "Boot" tab - depending on the BIOS version it can be the first or the second tab.
#3 Go to "Boot Setting Configuration" and find "Wait For 'F1' If Error" and change it to "Disabled"

#4 Now you can "Exit & Save Changes". From now on computer won't report problems while starting without a connected keyboard/mouse.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in comments or send it directly to me at [email protected]

On Thursday I will reveal the second, more powerful configuration for hardcore games. Stay tuned.