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Windows 8 To Go help!

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Windows 8 To Go help!


    Well, I can report the community at large that Windows 8 WILL run off a USB 2.0 flash drive, and be installed within 7 gigs for a 32 bit version.

    Having said that, I have annoyances I want to see if I can get help with....

    Firstly, Windows Update will not allow me to check for updates nor install them. The error code points to user account privileges. I went on the bing.com and looked around, and this goes all the way back to vista and there are some fixes for 7, but some don't work in 8 and I doubt the others will. Is there anything I can do?

    Secondly, I cannot pin ANYTHING to the Taskbar. This one is an oddity since I can pin the poop out of the Start Screen, but not the Taskbar. How kinky... I found something on the interwebster that said that Windows 7 won't allow items from user mapped network drives or removable drives to pin on the Taskbar. Windows 8 To Go doesn't detect the Windows drive as a hard drive, but a removable storage drive. I've done a couple of changes to the flash drive to enable write caching and all, but is there something that will make Windows detect the drive as a local hard drive? I also need that to happen because the Zune software won't install because it detects the install directory to be on a removable drive. It will install on the hard drive though.

    I've also lost some text in metro apps. For example, right clicking on a misspelled word in IE 10 metro pops up a lime green box with no text with spelling suggestions. This is also true in the Windows Store. When I want to install an app, a green bar comes up across the screen with no text or anything. Also, I don't think I can install apps either.

    On a related note, I've had the Windows apps, Mail, Calendar, People and Messenger, they stopped working even though there were no updates installed for them. I had them working and all was swell. And after a couple of reboots, they all stopped working.

    Well, shoot. Can anyone offer some help?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I can offer me some help. The USB drive has to be detected by Windows as a local hard drive to allow for Windows Updates and app updates.

    This said tutorial shows how one does that, and once you restart, Windows detects the USB drive as the local hard drive with Window installed, and everything (mostly everything) goes back to normal.

    How to Make Flash Drive a Local Disk | eHow.com
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