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    Windows 8 To Go


    Has anyone gotten this to work: [Tutorial]Windows 8 to Go without Enterprise Edition - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums

    I've tried it twice now and both times, after completing the bcdboot.exe J:\Windows /s J: /f ALL where "J" is my Windows To Go flash drive letter Disk Management does not indicate the flash drive is bootable and it does not boot. All I get when I select the flash drive from the one time boot menu is: Error loading operating system

    This is what Disk Management shows:

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    This is from the computer listed in my Specs which is UEFI with a GPT boot SSD. I wonder if I did this on my older Windows 7 system which is not UEFI if this would work?

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    And another that can not get it to work. Even tried Enterprise Preview in which it is built in but will not accept incompatible USB drives

    Keith
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    Have had this running for AGES -- follow THIS method though -- that way you don't need special "certified" sticks etc. I'm posting this reply now on a Windows to Go device. !! It also works on the latest W8.1 update 1 enterprise version - use that if possible.

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

    Note though in this piece:

    After mounting the ISO, use 7Zip or a similar tool to open the NEUTRAL.CAB file and extract the F1_image file. Once extracted, rename F1_image to IMAGEX.EXE .

    Use the F2_image file for a 64 bit Windows to go. !!!! Rename that one to IMAGEX.EXE.

    I'd also do it to a USB drive rather than a stick though - a lot better performance. I use an old laptop drive where I've connected a SATA ==> USB cable.

    BTW if you want a portable version of Windows (any version) you can read my post which creates a bootable Linux system and then runs a Windows VM - all totally from an external device.

    How to make Portable Windows system (any version)

    Have fun either way !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee327 View Post
    And another that can not get it to work. Even tried Enterprise Preview in which it is built in but will not accept incompatible USB drives

    Keith
    It appears the trick with the USB sticks is they have to show up as fixed disks, not removable media. It looks like all the certified ones have a bit set in the firmware that makes them show up as fixed. Having access to MSDN I played around with Windows 8.1 Enterprise and Windows to go. I ended up installing to an external hard drive because it wouldn't use any of my thumb drives. I have some SanDisk USB thumb drives that have the bit set but they aren't big enough to install Windows To Go to. The certified drives are expensive so if I was to try it again I'll be looking for SanDisk thumb drive.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Rich, If you have an install.wim ( not install.esd ), see if Aomei can make it work for you:

    Download Free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard - Magic Partition Manager Freeware


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    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That is strange.

    Has anybody tried Gimagex for doing this? Easier for most people to use. GImageX - AutoItScript
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there.

    Have had this running for AGES -- follow THIS method though -- that way you don't need special "certified" sticks etc. I'm posting this reply now on a Windows to Go device. !! It also works on the latest W8.1 update 1 enterprise version - use that if possible.

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

    Note though in this piece:

    After mounting the ISO, use 7Zip or a similar tool to open the NEUTRAL.CAB file and extract the F1_image file. Once extracted, rename F1_image to IMAGEX.EXE .

    Use the F2_image file for a 64 bit Windows to go. !!!! Rename that one to IMAGEX.EXE.

    I'd also do it to a USB drive rather than a stick though - a lot better performance. I use an old laptop drive where I've connected a SATA ==> USB cable.

    BTW if you want a portable version of Windows (any version) you can read my post which creates a bootable Linux system and then runs a Windows VM - all totally from an external device.

    How to make Portable Windows system (any version)

    Have fun either way !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Looked at the tutorial. It looks like it's setup to run on a Windows 7 system. I have Win 8 Pro. Win 8 does not have a WAIK or ImageX. It now has WADK and DISM, neither of which the tutorial mentions.

    Have you tried this under Windows 8 and if so, how?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Rich, If you have an install.wim ( not install.esd ), see if Aomei can make it work for you:

    Download Free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard - Magic Partition Manager Freeware

    Click image for larger version
    Doesn't work. I get this error:

    Click image for larger version
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there.

    Have had this running for AGES -- follow THIS method though -- that way you don't need special "certified" sticks etc. I'm posting this reply now on a Windows to Go device. !! It also works on the latest W8.1 update 1 enterprise version - use that if possible.

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

    Note though in this piece:

    After mounting the ISO, use 7Zip or a similar tool to open the NEUTRAL.CAB file and extract the F1_image file. Once extracted, rename F1_image to IMAGEX.EXE .

    Use the F2_image file for a 64 bit Windows to go. !!!! Rename that one to IMAGEX.EXE.

    I'd also do it to a USB drive rather than a stick though - a lot better performance. I use an old laptop drive where I've connected a SATA ==> USB cable.

    BTW if you want a portable version of Windows (any version) you can read my post which creates a bootable Linux system and then runs a Windows VM - all totally from an external device.

    How to make Portable Windows system (any version)

    Have fun either way !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Looked at the tutorial. It looks like it's setup to run on a Windows 7 system. I have Win 8 Pro. Win 8 does not have a WAIK or ImageX. It now has WADK and DISM, neither of which the tutorial mentions.

    Have you tried this under Windows 8 and if so, how?
    Hi there.

    Yes I created mine from Windows 8.1 but READ the following.

    You MUST use the Windows 7 WAIK if you can't find a W8 WAIK -- you ONLY need to get the IMAGEX.EXE file -- you don't need the whole WAIK -- ensure though the IMAGEX file is the one for x-64 or x-86 depending on what version of Windows to Go you want.

    If you can source the IMAGEX file from somewhere else then fine -- I used the one from the W7 WAIK as I already had it. Once you've got the IMAGEX file you image the system from the W8.1 ISO USING THE IMAGEX.EXE file as shown in the tutorial.

    The crunch is when you have to create the boot system --YOU NEED THE W8/W8.1 BOOT for that -- as shown in the tutorial.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Ah, okay. I didn't read far enough, sorry. I do have the W7 WAIK so I'll check that out. Thanks again.

    I also have just the W7 imagex.exe, so I'll give that a try.

    Edit: I compared imagex.exe from the Imagex.zip I had and from the W7 WAIK and they are identical.
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