We've got a Windows 10 installation running in an environment where it can occasionally lose power and restart. However, this sometimes leads to corruption of files.

I've had a look at Windows "To-Go" but this seems to be persistent. And I've also checked out virtualisation, but that would require us to run a non-persistent Windows 10, in another Windows 10 environment.

Is it possible to install Windows 10 as a "non-persistent live CD"? So that a user will have a seemingly fresh Windows 10, but doesn't require to re-install it at each startup?

  • Check this howtogeek.com/196817/… – Vojtěch Dohnal Feb 13 '17 at 11:50
  • @VojtěchDohnal I believe that is for a persistent installation. Can I make it so that changes will be reverted on reboot? – Paul Feb 13 '17 at 12:17
  • It will track user profile changes, new drivers, etc., I do not think that any fully read-only To-go installation is possible now, but do not know. Hirens boot CD has mini Windows XP that work like that. – Vojtěch Dohnal Feb 13 '17 at 14:29
  • @VojtěchDohnal indeed, also a lot of Linux installer USB's are non-persistent, I've checked how they do it: "Another option is to create an iso of the system in the state you want it to be. Afterwards use a GRUB2 entry to boot directly from the iso." This may just work for windows To Go as well, but will have to try it out. – Paul Feb 15 '17 at 8:14

There is a project called Win10PE SE which allows you to create a Live Windows 10:

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The project uses WinPE but adds desktop/taskbar and allows you to configure which features you want to add or not during building the ISO.

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  • Good one, I'll check that out, looks promising. Apart from that, the answer can also be that it's not directly supported by windows? – Paul Feb 14 '17 at 7:50
  • this is not supported in Windows and you need those WinPE projects – magicandre1981 Feb 14 '17 at 16:24

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