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Windows to Go with Win8 Pro RTM?

  1. #1


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    Windows to Go with Win8 Pro RTM?


    Can anyone tell me if the Windows to Go Tutorial still works with the RTM version of Win8 Pro? I used it successfully with Win8CP on a flash drive, but am curious to learn if MS has defeated that hack on the RTM version.

    [Added later] It appears that the Win8-RTM installation ISO has no \sources\install.wim file, so the tutorial probably needs to be modified providing it can be made to work at all with RTM. Can anyone point me toward a discussion of this?
    Last edited by bmwbiker; 10 Nov 2012 at 15:13.

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Is not Windows to Go reserve to Enterprise version of Windows 8 ? I think so , now if you are asking about hacking pro to do so, it will point you on a ban direction as it's against the rules
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    The built in utility to create a Windows to Go install is only available with the Enterprise version. There is or was a manual way to create one. It wasn't a big deal to do it with the DP, CP, or RP versions because they were trial versions. You could probably still do it with a RTM version but you're going to run into activation problems. If you boot the WTG install on another PC activation will fail. Its not legal as far as Microsoft goes either. That's why its only available on the Enterprise version.
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    Vista and Win7


    I did not update the tutorial because there is no way to activate a Win8 version that is not Enterprise - and that has it's own facility to create a to-go version.
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    there is no way to activate a Win8 version that is not Enterprise
    • You can activate "Windows 8 Pro To Go" on one PC.
    • But the activation is gone when you plug in the USB stick into an other PC (because of changed hardware).
    • But the activation returns when you plug in the USB stick back to the computer where it was activated before.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    there is no way to activate a Win8 version that is not Enterprise
    • You can activate "Windows 8 Pro To Go" on one PC.
    • But the activation is gone when you plug in the USB stick into an other PC (because of changed hardware).
    • But the activation returns when you plug in the USB stick back to the computer where it was activated before.
    That is good to know. But it really defeats the purpose of a 'to go' setup.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It may activate on the PC it was created on, but won't on any other PC. I do believe it's also going to use the same product code as the PC it was created on. Use it on to many PC's and you may find your product code blocked by Microsoft. I personally wouldn't want to risk it. I don't know for sure that that will happen, but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It may activate on the PC it was created on, but won't on any other PC. I do believe it's also going to use the same product code as the PC it was created on. Use it on to many PC's and you may find your product code blocked by Microsoft. I personally wouldn't want to risk it. I don't know for sure that that will happen, but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way.
    As you can use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No, you can use your "Windows 8" Windows To Go on a PC that has Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 already installed. Actually it doesn't have to have any OS installed, all it has to do is meet the minimum system requirements for windows 8.
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It may activate on the PC it was created on, but won't on any other PC. I do believe it's also going to use the same product code as the PC it was created on.
    OK - this could be happen.
    But praxis shows: This does not happen (see my post here)

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Use it on to many PC's and you may find your product code blocked by Microsoft. I personally wouldn't want to risk it. I don't know for sure that that will happen, but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way.
    To be sure you can disable automatic activation. See here or here.
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