Nice one, Shawn.
As I did not have the SSD I created a Windows to go on a little portable exteral drive. Works very well. But how do I get apps and files on the WTG? Let's say I bring my netbook to an internet cafe. I plug in and boot from my WTG (wasn't created on the netbook). I want to check out some files on the netbook. How would I get to them? And if I create anything on the WTG how would I get the files to other computers if I don't have the host computer WTG was made on?
Duh - sometimes it helps to read the instructions. Found this thread:
Windows To Go - Unhide Drives from Host Computer
Last edited by soahs; 26 Mar 2013 at 09:54. Reason: added solved problem
Now that I understand the care and feeding of WTG a little better, what are some of the more useful projects it can do. I know corporate can have people take WTG with them to work on a destination PC, but that is for business.
For the rest of us, what can we do with it that we may not yet know. Right now I view it as a novelty. But if a PC crashes and won't boot, is unfixable, instead of using a recovery boot disk to rescue files off the internal hard drive, can WTG be used for this? Or to fix a compromised PC? But can WTG be infected from the virii on a host PC? If so, it is a simple process to just make another one.
I am assuming if I brought WTG to a library and hid any internal disks then I could just run WTG on their host computer. If I go onoine then WTG would need anti-virus of course. And if I go to fix a relatives computer I could bring WTG to work on it?
What else can WTG be used for?
WTG can be used for recovery, but it's sort of like lighting a candle with a flamethrower. Yes, it works, but using tools like DaRT or other WinPE recovery tools are a better option as they're better designed for such work.
WTG is really designed for corporate/enterprise environments where you have large numbers of contractors that need machines, or in BYOD scenarios, or where machines are thin terminals and users need to roam between them regularly, etc. WTG is a real Windows 8 install, but it doesn't necessarily yet have all the use cases that a laptop would, for instance. Where it's designed to be used, it works much better than a portable machine, but as a recovery environment it would be overkill.
So WTG is mostly for business then. However I am the tech guru for my extended family. They know just enough about computers to be dangerous. One time I brought some files on a thumb drive and their computer loaded the stick but either could not access the files but was being stubborn about it. So in a case like that if I brought my WTG that would have saved the day as I could put a lot of must have files on my portable.
Is it possible for WTG to put another operating system on a portable drive or thumb? Windows 8 wrecks havoc with our stationery. XP was perfect, we have to jump through hoops to do stationery on W7, and W8 brings it's own problems in the way of music and transitions. So we would love to put XP on with WTG and even W7. Hope we can.
Windows To Go is for Windows 8 only. There are 3rd party products that allow you to create "portable" installations of other versions of Windows, but booting WTG requires the Win8 bootloader and the Win8 kernel - the 3rd party solutions use drivers and hardware trickery to get around older OS limitations on fixed disk booting. BartPE might be enough to get you working from a bootable USB key, but of course (especially in the US) the legality licensing-wise of doing such a thing is always in question.
Nice one Shawn !