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Windows to Go on standard USB2 ext disk

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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Windows to Go on standard USB2 ext disk

    Hi there

    Just want to say that on a decent laptop (i5 processor) running Windows to Go from a standard external USB2 disk (using a 7200 RPM old laptop drive connected via a sata==>usb2 connector) performance is certainly totally ACCEPTABLE. Even running Photoshop is OK - and I've connected the USB drive via an UNPOWERED USB hub !!

    The Windows to go system is certainly nice as a portable system with my own copies of Office etc in various languages and keyboard configurations -- certainly when I'm on site where other languages / keyboards are used.

    For those who think you have to use a "certified" device -- you don't -- you can install on "bog standard" devices -- you will need to extract the IMAGEX program from the WAIK -- you can use the Windows 7 WAIK (downloadable from Ms) if you haven't got it. Ensure you chose the x86 / x64 version depending on what version of Windows you want in your Windows to go system.

    Here's how to create a Windows to Go system on a "normal" device. (You still of course need W8.1 Enterprise).

    Creating a Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive » ADMIN Magazine


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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    I may have another go at that. I have a Windows To Go setup now on an external USB 2 enclosure with a laptop hard drive in it. I have a Kingston Hyper X 64 GB USB 3 thumb drive I'd love to use but its not certified so the official Windows To Go Utility won't use it. I think I'll wait for update 2 before I do it though. I bookmarked that link for future reference so thanks for that.

    That's something I just don't get? It will let me install on my dirt slow 5400 laptop drive in a USB 2 enclosure but won't let me use a faster USB 3 thumb drive? Common Microsoft, get it together will ya.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    No need to d/l waik, you can use gimagex, or similar.
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