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Windows To Go is one of the most exciting Windows 8 features to me - the ability to pack up your desktop environment and take it with you anywhere is extremely appealing. Unfortunately, it's only included with Windows 8 Enterprise, which you can't buy for individual use.
Is there an equivalent that works for Windows 8 Professional? I would be satisfied by either a third-party program that does the same thing, or some workaround to enable Windows To Go for non-Enterprise versions.
I'm aware of various WinPE-based live environments, and that's not what I'm looking for. I want the ability to run a full Windows 8 environment off of a flash drive that I can take anywhere.
Oct 20, 2012 at 16:58
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Before you begin:
There are a few things that you need to take into consideration when doing something like this. The first and foremost being what medium and connection are you planning on using to create and run this portable OS. My recommendation is to
use AT LEAST USB 3.0 or eSATA. The use of USB 3.0 SSD's (yes there is a difference) is also highly recommended with these specific models:
Kingston Technology 32GB Data Traveller Ultimate USB Flash Drive Mfr # KW-U4132-1FA
SuperTalent 25GB USB 3.0 Express RC8 Flash Drive Mfr # ST3U25GR8S
SuperTalent 50GB USB 3.0 Express RC8 Flash Drive Mfr # ST3U50GR8S
SuperTalent 100GB USB 3.0 Express RC8 Flash Drive Mfr # ST3U100R8S
Note: I used a USB 2.0 flash drive drive, and got this to work, but it took forever (11 hours) to setup and forever to bootup. (several minutes)
Also you'll need a Windows 8 Installation .iso file
You need to format your drive as a NTFS drive.
Go to "Disk Management" and right click on the flash drive.
Make sure to Select NTFS as the File System and a quick format is ok to run:
Mount the Windows 8 Installation disk by double clicking on the
From an Administrative Windows PowerShell, run the following command (you have to use PowerShell as CMD doesn't work even with Admin rights):
dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:<path to install.wim> /ApplyDir:<USB Drive Letter> /Index:<image_index (1 for Pro, 2 for Core)> /CheckIntegrity /Verify
You'll get a screen like the following:
WARNING: If you are using a USB 2.0 port or drive, this can take multiple hours to perform. It took 11 hours for me.
Run the next following command:
bcdboot.exe <drive letter of flash drive>:\windows /s <drive letter of flash drive>: /f ALL
Again unless you're using USB 3.0 or another equivalent medium in speed, don't expect this to boot up right away. But you should be able to enjoy a fully operable portable Window 8 Experience.
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Oct 21, 2012 at 7:32
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Create Windows To Go on any edition of Windows 8:
Best to use a Windows 8 PC to build the usb to go.
From the article:
"It is possible to use Windows 7 to create your Windows 8 To Go USB device. You will just need some additional software. "
Launch an administrative level command prompt.
Make sure that your USB Drive is plugged in and then type in
diskpart and hit
List the available disks by running
list disk and you should see your usb device.
Select your USB drive by typing
select disk # and hit
Enter. For example,
select disk 3.
Clean the partitions on the disk by typing
clean and hit
Now create the boot partition by running the following command:
create partition primary size=350
Now create the OS partition by running the following command to create a partition taking up all remaining space:
create partition primary
The boot partition needs to be formatted, configured and assigned a drive letter, run the following commands:
select partition 1
format fs=fat32 quick
If the b drive letter is already in use on your PC, substitute a different letter and replace b with your letter throughout the rest of this guide.
The same must be done for the OS partition, run the following different commands:
select partition 2
format fs=ntfs quick
If the o drive letter is already in use on your PC, substitute a different letter and replace o with your letter throughout the rest of this guide
Exit Diskpart by typing
install.wim file from the *\sources* directory of the Windows 8 install ISO to *c:\wim*. On Windows 8 you can just double click an ISO to mount and then browse it.
DISM to deploy the Windows 8 files to the OS partition of the USB device by running:
dism /apply-image /imagefile:c:\wim\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:o:\
The boot manager needs to be installed on the boot partition with the help of the
bcdboot utility. Run the following command:
o:\windows\system32\bcdboot o:\windows /f ALL /s b:
Reboot your computer and test your new Windows 8 To Go device built on Windows 8. Make sure the PC is configured to boot to USB before your local hard drive.
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