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  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    Well Jimbo, my bad, I was unter the impression that Vardhan wanted to install and run Win on a USB stick/drive, which is impossible.

    I always install via a USB-drive/stick, do not have a DVD in my computer. I removed this long ago, have no use for it.

    So I misunderstood.




    Jeff
    Hi there
    It's not impossible at all--That's what the whole "Windows to Go on a stick" is about.

    Unlike previous versions of Windows you can install this to an external USB device and then simply boot up on another machine. It will try and get all the new drivers etc -- and actually works very well.

    It's a shame that this feature will only be available in W8 Enterprise -after release but currently you can use it with W8 consumer preview.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


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    It is, of course, possible to install Win8 on a USB stick and boot from the USB stick. I have done that several times and written this tutorial on how to do it: Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk
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  3. #13


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    But you can't boot from USB 3.0 and benefit from the USB 3.0 sped.

    Currently most motherboards do not boot from USB 3.0. And the few motherboards that use the blue USB 3.0 connection to boot, do it only with the speed of USB 2.0.

    For boot a computer from a USB flash drive the BIOS emulates an IDE interface at the USB port. Current BIOS versions support this up to now only for USB 2.0 speed.
    More information: Google translation from German site.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    But you can't boot from USB 3.0 and benefit from the USB 3.0 sped.

    Currently most motherboards do not boot from USB 3.0. And the few motherboards that use the blue USB 3.0 connection to boot, do it only with the speed of USB 2.0.

    For boot a computer from a USB flash drive the BIOS emulates an IDE interface at the USB port. Current BIOS versions support this up to now only for USB 2.0 speed.
    More information: Google translation from German site.
    Sure you can. WHS showed us the excellent positive difference it makes compared to 2.0.
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  5. #15


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    if you want to boot from a usb at startup you must do ESC or f9 or boot option
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  6. #16


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    EDIT EDIT Oops! Well, there's boot and there's BOOT. I got boot to install mixed up with BOOT to Windows. Heh. In the meantime tho, its nice to know that both can be done!

    Anybody try the Windows7-USB-DVD-tool? It SEEMS to be loading the Win8 RP ISO onto it. I will try booting from it when it is done writing to the USB stick...

    It works fine! See Here:
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...eview-iso.html

    Browse to where you stored the Win8 Release Preview ISO and load it into a USB stick. My UEFI BIOS lets me boot directly from the stick and the Win8 install screen came right up. Hel'a'lot faster than a DVD too.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 01 Jun 2012 at 19:37.
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  7. #17


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    I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

    1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
    2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

    We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

    1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
    2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

    We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.
    I thaught it was how to boot from the usb
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  9. #19


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by samgabbay View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

    1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
    2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

    We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.
    I thaught it was how to boot from the usb

    Hi there
    that Obfuscates the issue even more -- since BOOTING FROM a USB doesn't actually resolve what the real question is -- BOOT FROM a USB INTO ====> What OS

    (a) ==> Windows installation procedure to install W8 on to a target drive

    (b) ==> Boot up and have a full running W8 system just like it would be on an internal C drive. Rather like a "Live" Windows disk - but could actually install software and updates too as well as have access to your other networked devices and applications.

    (c)==> boot from a USB into a Linux system

    (d)==>none of the above.

    Most modern computers allow you via BIOS to BOOT from a USB device --and to make a USB device bootable is simplicity itself -- the real point is what do you want to BOOT INTO.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by samgabbay View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

    1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
    2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

    We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.
    I thaught it was how to boot from the usb
    In both cases you boot from USB. In 1), you boot into the system and can run the system. In 2) you boot into the installer and you can install the system.
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