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W8 to go via ext USB disk performs BETTER than my INSTALLED W8 system

  1. #1

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    W8 to go via ext USB disk performs BETTER than my INSTALLED W8 system

    Hi there
    I've been running stuff all day from an old Laptop USB drive (SAMSUNG 320 GB) which I booted on to 16 GB Quad ASUS Mobo as an External USB drive (BIOS allows USB booting).

    It's connected to the ASUS computer via a USB. (SATA==>USB cable to a USB2 port on the machine -- actually even via a Hub) !!.

    It needed to go through "Setting up Hardware" routine -- but once booted it's been fine and runs a treat better than the W8 installation I have from an Internal SATA HDD drive.

    All drives are accessible and even running a VM on it is fine (the VM is actually on the 2nd partition of the "Laptop" drive).

    I suspect that my internal HDD's (probably getting long in the tooth) aren't as fast as the newer laptop drives even though the laptop drive has to go through a SATA==>USB interface.

    (Same test with an SSD external drive --- No contest -- system just FLIES).

    IMO MS have got this Windows to Go absolutely SPOT ON.

    I'm really sorry that it will only be available in Windows Enterprise -- since a lot of people who would use this won't have access to Windows Enterprise. (TechNet and corporates can still get it).

    Any MS guys out there -- PLEASE MAKE THIS AVAILABLE TO GENERAL PUBLIC (even it it's an "extra charge" feature").

    I really love this tool and am actually using it in working environments quite a lot now.


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    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    It will be also available in Windows Embedded Standard 8 - as it was in WES 7 SR1 - and with even more pruning of unnecessary features than possible with WCP Windows 8 to Go (ThinPC form factor, minimal MUI, optimized USB, tablet functionality removed, etc., etc.) it should be a tiny stunner.
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W8 to go via ext USB disk performs BETTER than my INSTALLED W8 system

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