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Run wiindows 8 32 bit from External HD?

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    windows 8 32 bit

    Run wiindows 8 32 bit from External HD?


    ok I am new to this forum and joined to try and figure this out..
    First, my problem.....I purchased an HP Envy X2 hybrid laptop/tablet running Windows 8 32 bit....
    After using it now for a week or two I have figured out that it doesnt have enough HD space for the things I need to do and copy...Soooo I purchased a 1 TB external usb drive.
    My question is..Can I install Windows 8 to the external hd...and run windows 8 on the pc without any hiccups?

    I did a search on the subject, but kept seeing windows 8 to go...I want to transfer my existing windows 8 that was installed on my pc to the usb external HD.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    I purchased an HP Envy X2 hybrid laptop/tablet running Windows 8 32 bit
    If this a new NoteBook, with Pre-installed Windows 8, the OS x64.

    I would use the usb external HD for DATA only & leave OS on internal HD.
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    windows 8 32 bit


    No it is preinstalled, but it is 32 bit not 64. Why do you say leave it on the pc? Whats your reasoning?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Your personal Data is safer on usb external HD & no need to reinstall Windows 8.

    If you would like to use bigger internal HD.

    How to clone your old drive to a new drive.
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Windows To Go is only an option with Windows 8 Enterprise. Your standard Windows 8 won't install to an external drive without some trickery. Performance will likely suffer even if you do get it to work. It's not legal either as far as Microsoft is concerned. Theog had some good suggestions. Upgrading the internal drive to a larger drive would be my recommendation. Then use the external for data backup.
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