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Windows 8 to go - on a USB stick

  1. #31


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quite honestly, if you'll be using Windows 8 To Go for like, Office programs or interwebbing, light stuff like that; there really isn't a need for USB 3.0. This is true especially considering many puters don't have USB 3 ports to begin with. I've used both Windows 7 and now 8 on a flash drive, and performance is spectacular for a flash drive. There are a few slowdowns here and there, but that's expected.

    Also, very important, you MUST disable or stop the Disk Optimizer service from running from services.msc or from the GUI panel. It WILL defrag your USB drive needlessly. It doesn't improve performance at all and it reduces the life of the flash components. Also disable SuperFetch service as well, this is superfluous on flash. Hopefully by the end, Windows 8 To Go mimics Windows 8 on a SSD, by disabling the unneeded services and whatnot.

    I also found this VERY helpful to counteract the fact that Windows 8 To Go will not let you install Windows updates or some software.
    How to Make Flash Drive a Local Disk | eHow.com
    This turns the flash drive from being detected by Windows as a removable drive into a local disk. This is the stickler for some software, and Windows updates. It doesn't change any performance, and you can still pop out the flash drive while Windows is running, and plug it back in and every goes back to normal. That is coolest thing EVER!!

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  2. #32


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hi Coke Robot,

    Yes a 2.0 usb is good enough for me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Also, very important, you MUST disable or stop the Disk Optimizer service from running from services.msc or from the GUI panel. It WILL defrag your USB drive needlessly. It doesn't improve performance at all and it reduces the life of the flash components. Also disable SuperFetch service as well, this is superfluous on flash.
    I'm gonna disable those two also. Thanks for the tips.

    Ok, I cannot install updates also, thanks for the link.

    Regards
    Hopachi
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  3. #33


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 2,941
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Just a word of warning.
    Be very careful trying to make your USB Stick a local drive, I ruined one brand new USB3 stick and I am sure I followed the instructions correctly.
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  4. #34


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The funny thing is that there is no 'All' parameter in the bcdboot command description. It is amazing that it worked for you. cmd is usually very fussy with invalid parameters.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kodi View Post
    Just a word of warning.
    Be very careful trying to make your USB Stick a local drive, I ruined one brand new USB3 stick and I am sure I followed the instructions correctly.
    How so? I've had my USB drive last with Windows 7 though 8 since last October I believe and the USB was recognized as a local drive.
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  6. #36


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kodi View Post
    Just a word of warning.
    Be very careful trying to make your USB Stick a local drive, I ruined one brand new USB3 stick and I am sure I followed the instructions correctly.
    How so? I've had my USB drive last with Windows 7 though 8 since last October I believe and the USB was recognized as a local drive.
    Does anybody understand what might have happened to that stick?
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  7. #37


    Sydney Australia
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    The Drivers did not install properly
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  8. #38


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hmm, that would be a problem indeed.
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  9. #39


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The biggest problem I have right now is a constant corruption of my Windows7 bootmgr by the Windows8 on the stick. Whenever I access the Win7 disk only indirectly with Win8 (in Computer or Disk Management), I corrupt my Win7 bootmgr and cannot boot win7 afterwards. I have to figure out what causes that.
    Looks like I cured this problem. I usually keep the bootmgr on C. I have now created a seperate 400MB partition on my Win7 SSD and moved the Win7 bootmgr there. Now the Win8 on the stick does not seem to muck it up any more. But I am still not sure what caused the problem in the first place.
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  10. #40


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 2,941
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Yes, but I was lucky it was only one day old with a 12 month warranty.
    I am waiting for the replacement and this time I will leave it as an external drive.
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