I am going to put Windows 8 on it but leave it as a removable drive. All the computers I will use it on can boot to USB HDD.
Put together the Wtogo on a new Corsair Voyager 32g key - USB 2.0.
I am with our esteemed WHS in declaring this system on a 2.0 stick AGONIZINGLY SLOW!!
First pc I popped this into took 1hour and 45 minutes to Metro screen. "Preparing", "Setting up Devices" (I saw internet activity), etc. No juice at all opening apps, especially IE10. Just disgaceful. My old 1981 Leading Edge XT would blow this away for responsiveness. Also took 5 minutes to shut down (hung up on some "Host" thing). Second try - same machine - 2 minutes to Metro (my one W8 pc on an 8 year old FIC K8M mobo, 2.4 Athlon takes me 30 seconds); and still 5 minutes to shut down.
Any IT pro worth his salt could not bear this.
Then plugged it into a second unit, totally different hardware: 13 minutes to Metro; 4 minutes to shutdown; sluggish responses.
Windows 8-To-Go needs to be on USB 3.0 hardware compliant systems and most probably in an Enterprise environment where virtually all the hundreds of pc's are the same.
This is my sad, but enlightening experience. What is yours?
So, after the driver was installed, Windows 8 failed to boot or did the flash drive altogether failed to read or write? Because if it's Windows 8 not booting, there was an obvious issue with the driver. The tutorial on how to install the new driver needs to have your USB drive's device ID copied into line 26 of the driver file.
My experience was rather delightful on USB 2.0., as was with Windows 7. It took me about an hour and 10 minutes for it be installed. Then I rebooted off that flash drive on my main puter and it took about five minutes to prepare Windows. After that, it was fairly smooth sailing, with the slow down from time to time. Windows 7 and 8 work fine on USB 2.0 AS LONG AS you're not using that drive for massive read/write operations. I'm able to play pinball in 8 and use Outlook 2010 and have a word document going and a few apps running.
Going to different hardware is also a smooth experience for me. I took it to a laptop, and it took about three minutes to get the devices ready. To another, it took about two. Then to a different desktop, it took a few minutes as well. And every time I did such, Windows 8 was smooth, fast, fluid, and in motion.
actually if you want a super dooper system why not install it to one of the cheaper 80GB SSD's -- will be lightning fast too.
You'll need the SATA ===> USB cable but this beats any USB by a Universe. Also no probs with read / writes.
My SSD based Windows to go running on a work supplied PC (decent one with Intel I5 / 4GB RAM -- but XP !!!!!!!!!) beats the XP system loaded from an HDD by so much it's incredible -- normally I've time to go to the coffee machine when booting up the PC in the morning.
With a bit more work in it Windows to go could become a REALLY useful feature -- I just hope it's not restricted to "Corporates" only as this could be a 100% winner for travelling consultants.
My only problem is that if I want to use OFFICE -- and my version was a MAK (Multiple activation Enterprise version) it detects the new hardware and requests activation over the internet or it will fail in 21 days.
I don't want to keep activating it -- Ms might start geting "Antsy" about activations --judging how they are clamping down on Technet keys etc.
My temporary work around would be that as I have an image I can just keep restoring it if I want to use the system on different hardware.
I hope when the Windows to Go feature is officially released MS can sort this problem out since the whole usefulness of this product is to be able to run REAL applications at different sites etc --particularly for external consultants etc.
For instance you might want to work with an English version of Office instead of a Korean, Fench, Dutch one etc.