To begin, if you don’t already have it we need to get hold of a copy of Win32 Disk Imager. This is the software we will use to write the RetroPie image file to the SD Card. You can download the latest version of Win32 Disk Imager from here – https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
Next, you need to download the latest version of PiPLAY from the following link – http://blog.sheasilverman.com/pimame-raspberry-pi-os-download/
At the time of writing the latest version is 0.8.0 Beta 9. It’s quite large at 3.29GB in size so be patient.
Once you have downloaded the Zip file it will need to be extracted to a place on your local computer. You will also need to attach a formatted SD card to your computer to which we will transfer the image.
After extracting the file and attaching an SD Card, start up the Win32 Disk Imager software.
Make sure under Device that it has selected your SD Card – if not click the down arrow and select the correct drive letter for your SD card. Next, click on the blue folder icon so we can browse to the image file we just extracted.
Click on the piplay*.img file to select it then click Open. You will then be taken back to the main Win32 Disk Imager window and you should now see the PiPLAY image file listed.
Now, to proceed with writing the image, click on the Write button. You should get a little popup window asking you to confirm you want to overwrite the SD card – just click Yes to continue.
If you get the following error come up then you need to format your SD card.
If you need help formatting your SD Card you can follow our tutorial here – http://raspberryretro.com/tutorials/formatting-your-sd-card/
If everything has started correctly you should see the main Win32 Disk Imager window ago with a slowly progressing green bar showing the progress of the installation.
After a couple of minutes the write should complete and you’ll be presented with with the Write Successful window – click OK to continue.
That’s it – PiPLAY has been written to your SD Card. You can close down Win32 Disk Imager and remove the SD Card from your computer and put it into your Raspberry Pi.