For debug purposes I need to create a bootable windows 8 image on a USB drive (32 GB flash stick for preference but I could probably do a portable HD version)

Specifically our software is having problems working with Sony Vaio running Windows 8 when burning to DVD media (CD ROM media works) since the control we use seems to mis-report the media type. We have what I think is the same machine here in the office (our machine was shipped with windows 7 and thats the only difference I can see in specs) so I'd like to to see if I get the same problem in the office by running Windows 8 on that machine.

If it works in our office I can take the USB key to our client and boot their machine and see if the problem is fixed. If it's fixed then I can try removing the pre-installed software in case thats causing the problem, if it's not fixed then I've got a nasty hardware issue to try to diagnose.

I've read the windows 2 go stuff and while I could do this (we have some enterprise licences) I'm loathe to do all the faffing with image prep. (also the USB key I have here isn't Windows2Go certified)

So does anyone know if MS provide a bootable eval windows 2 go image that I can test with (I can't find one)? Or can I install windows 8 to the USB key and then boot from it via the bios without screwing up the Windows 7 install on the machine we have in the office?

Basically I'm looking for suggestions on the best way forward from here.


Install the Windows 8 90 Day Enterprise Evaluation Edition and this lalows you to create an USB Windows To Go Drive. In the Creator select the 90 Day Enterprise Eval ISO. Now you have a USB drive that you can use for 90 days to test all your software on different systems.

  • Well this works sort of. There is a windows 2 go bit in the control panel which should allow this to work. However since I don't have an certified USB key it doesn't work. These instructions tweaks.com/windows/52279/… don't work as I can't partition the USB key correctly (and gparted doesn't seem to give the right result) – PeterI Dec 6 '12 at 15:23
  • I'm going to keep trying but with out the certified device (I haven't yet tried a "real" usb HD yet) I suspect it may be tricky. – PeterI Dec 6 '12 at 15:24
  • you can use an old USB 2.0 2.5" HDD. This works fine. – magicandre1981 Dec 6 '12 at 16:02
  • That was my next trick to try. – PeterI Dec 7 '12 at 8:30

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