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Windows 8 to go - on a USB stick

  1. #11


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hello there

    This: Ordering "Windows to Go": how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB thumb drive
    method worked fine on my 16gb 2.0 stick.

    It boots in less than a minute, which I find pretty good for a 2.0 stick. (the first boot in his life took 15minutes with configuring hardware, setting up user and config stuff)

    I's CP x86 and it uses 5.5gb of the 15gb available.

    I didn't manage to install Office yet, I installed Virtualbox (with compatibility mode: Win7 and run as admin otherwise no luck for me)

    I've used some customized live Linux setups on usb till now, Portable XP (BartPE) and portable Vista (VistaPE) but the official Win8 does a great job on usb.


    Regards
    Hopachi

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Hello there

    This: Ordering "Windows to Go": how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB thumb drive
    method worked fine on my 16gb 2.0 stick.

    It boots in less than a minute, which I find pretty good for a 2.0 stick. (the first boot in his life took 15minutes with configuring hardware, setting up user and config stuff)

    I's CP x86 and it uses 5.5gb of the 15gb available.

    I didn't manage to install Office yet, I installed Virtualbox (with compatibility mode: Win7 and run as admin otherwise no luck for me)

    I've used some customized live Linux setups on usb till now, Portable XP (BartPE) and portable Vista (VistaPE) but the official Win8 does a great job on usb.


    Regards
    Hopachi
    This is a little different method than the one I used. A 1 minute boot is good. My boot is 2 minutes, but my stick is very slow. A faster stick is in the mail and should be here any day. Can you run your stick thru Atto and tell us what your read/write nums at the 4K blocksize are. Thanks, W.
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  3. #13


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


    Hi there
    Is there any way of stopping OFFICE trying to activate if I boot the USB stick on a different machine -- It's an Enterprise MAK version so shouldn'tr in theory run out of activations --but seeing what MS are doing to squeeze technet users in limiting keys etc "anything is possible" and without a working copy of Office I might just as well "Bin" the machine.

    Windows to go only makes sense if it IS windows to go and say as an external consultant you can use your OS on a variety of machines - particularly as some work places haven't even got around to XP yet (some still using W2000) -- never mind even THINKING about W7 or W8 yet.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hi Wolfgang,

    This is the 2.0 usb I used.
    It's a Integral 16gb, pretty cheap which i got for 24 euro 2-3 years ago (the prices dropped since then):
    Click image for larger version
    It's obvious that his a bit lazy at writing data, but i'm glad with the read speed (beats a Kingston DataTravaler 16gigs at read speed).
    I don't have any usb 3.0 ports yet so i'm gonna stick with the 2.0 usb stick(s).

    Hopachi
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Hi Wolfgang,

    This is the 2.0 usb I used.
    It's a Integral 16gb, pretty cheap which i got for 24 euro 2-3 years ago (the prices dropped since then):
    Click image for larger version
    It's obvious that his a bit lazy at writing data, but i'm glad with the read speed (beats a Kingston DataTravaler 16gigs at read speed).
    I don't have any usb 3.0 ports yet so i'm gonna stick with the 2.0 usb stick(s).

    Hopachi
    Thank you for posting the measurements. This is exactly the same as mine (mine is even a tad faster - at 4K). Now I am really starting to wonder why my boot is so much slower. I have to investigate that. Maybe I try the method you used to install Win8 - but I think I tried it once and for some reason it did not work.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hi Jimbo,

    I'm not sure with Office mak key but in case of Windows To Go I have to activate it on every pc (hardware changes/licence stuff).
    Maybe it's the same thing with Office?

    I know, this not something normal users should do every time they boot.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Thank you for posting the measurements. This is exactly the same as mine (mine is even a tad faster). Now I am really starting to wonder why my boot is so much slower. I have to investigate that. Maybe I try the method you used to install Win8 - but I think I tried it once and for some reason it did not work.
    On some pc's it's slower than 1 minute, it depends. It's also a fresh install and maybe it will get slower with more apps installed.
    Writing files on it: no way, I prefer not to since it's very slow as the benchmark predicts.

    Did you tried that the method on Windows 8 or Win7 ?

    Thanks
    Hopachi
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  8. #18


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Did you tried that the method on Windows 8 or Win7 ?
    I installed Win8. But the installation I did on my Win7 system. The laptop where I am running the stick has an i5 and 6GB of RAM. So that is a relatively fast system.
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I also have i5 laptop. I did the install on my Win7 too.... but the boot installation files (bcdboot command) I did them on Win8 DP x86 in a VM since my Win7 is x64 and I thought that it will write x64 boot files instead of x86 and mess it up.

    So I plugged the stick, attached it in the DP virtual machine, runned the command (bcdboot) with succes and unplugged it again. It worked directly on first reboot.
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  10. #20


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Aha, there may be the problem. Next time I will use the x64 Win8. Thanks for descibing the way you did it.

    Maybe that's why I had all those 'Errors' in the Event Viewer when I looked at the Event Id 100.
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