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I just clean installed a copy of Windows 8 Professional I got from Dreamspark academic. And when I got to the start menu it says that I shouldn't unplug the usb on my windows to go session.

Weird thing is this isn't a Windows-To-Go session. I am running the 32-bit Win 8 professional on a Dell Latitude.

How can I fix this? I also can't use the Windows App store.

In case you thought I had installed Windows 8 Enterprise

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Sounds like you installed Windows 8 Enterprise not Windows 8 Professional. I would download the iso again and burn a new copy. Windows-To-Go can only be created by an Windows 8 Enterprise installation. – Ramhound Nov 22 '12 at 22:45
No I have installed Windows 8 Professional. – Gabriel Fair Nov 23 '12 at 14:24
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Switch to start screen and type regedit.

Mark the regedit tile (right click or drag it a bit down with a finger) and use the app bar button Run as administrator – confirm UAC prompt.

Within registry editor navigate in the left pane to key:


Search in right pane the DWORD value PortableOperatingSystem and change the value from 1 to 0.

Reboot and look if this fixes it.


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Wow, the cause seems so weird (conflicting device IDs)! MS really needs to release a patch for this ASAP. – Karan Nov 23 '12 at 21:42

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