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need some help with a litlle proyect

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    need some help with a litlle proyect


    i ve been working in an old laptop(1.7gh, 1GB ram, and 8gb usb with linux,no hard drive, no keyboard), i have made some intersting achivments, besides the lack of hardware. but i'm not satisfy with the results.
    i want to know if there is any opportunity to put windows 8 32b, in a 8 gb usb?.
    (i have already install windows 8 32 in a vitual box an it take 7.0.. somthing Gb) so theorically it should fit !!! i hope you can help it it would be really great if i am able to do it!.

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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    This worked for me a while back on RP, now you need Enterprise.

    Windows To Go: install on USB stick:
    Windows To Go - Create in Windows 8 Enterprise

    Be patient with the loading time. First boot takes long on USB 2.0.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Microsoft has never supported installing Windows to an external drive. The only exception being Windows 8 Enterprise edition. This is not a retail product but available only to large organizations with bulk licensing.

    USB drives have some characteristics, aside from being slow, that make them unsuitable for installing Windows. Also be aware that Windows 8 has some specific CPU requirements that may not be met with an older computer.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Also be aware that Windows 8 has some specific CPU requirements that may not be met with an older computer.
    I can assure you that 1.7Ghz and 1GB RAM is enough (nice minimum to begin with) for starting a Win8 install. It has been tested.
    Then again some old CPU's might not work at all so you got a point. Trying it out is the final answer.

    What you will lack without Vt-x or SLAT on the CPU are advanced virtualization features like Hyper-V that are included on 64bit Enterprise edition.
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    By CPU requirements I meant that it must support PAE, NX and SSE2. Just about any reasonably modern CPU will but with your very vague system specifications it is not certain yours will. These CPU features were recommended but not required for Windows 7. They are now required for Windows 8.

    See this for more information:
    What is PAE, NX, and SSE2 and why does my PC need to support them to run Windows 8? - Microsoft Windows Help
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  6. #6


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    windows 8


    Thank you guys ill try it, And its an intel dual core
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If your processor supports PAE and NX and all that, yes you should be able to fit a 32 bit version of Windows 8 successfully into an 8 gig flash drive, maybe.

    When I say maybe, I mean, by hairs. Windows for some reason demands about 13-16ish gigs for the 32 bit version, but it can fit fine in about 7-8 gigs just ok. Same goes with 64 bit version of Windows 8, it can fit about 8-9 gigs of space versus 20. You will need to install Windows 8 in a virtual hard drive, copy it onto your flash drive, and edit boot entry setting to make that bootable. USB 2.0 will just be dreadfully slow, usable yes, especially when you are fully loaded and things are in the RAM or a local page file on the PC's hard drive; but yours might not be the same situation.
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