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  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    .....Yet what he wants is a W8 installation able to be plugged in any of his computer systems which I assume are not all identical hardware wise...


    That is EXACTLY what Windows 2 Go is all about -- plug it into any machine -- it spends a few minutes updating its hardware and readying devices and it runs just like Windows 8 and uses the USB as its c: drive with full read write capability .

    You could even REMOVE the internal HDD and this will still run as a normal Windows system. This is what I assumed he wants.

    There is no problem whatsoever creating an INSTALL USB which INSTALLS W8 on any machine just like the DVD -- but that is NOT what I'm sure the OP really wants.

    He wants to plug an external device into ANY computer --boot it up and run W8 --that's EXACTLY what WINTOGO does.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I have installed it on an eSata drive and a USB2 and a USB3 stick. On the eSata drive I made a classic installation. On the USB stick I used this procedure. I assume the same procedure can be applied to an external disk. When I get my hands on a spare SSD, I am going to try that in a USB3 enclosure - a HDD is probably too slow (like my USB2 stick).

    The USB3 stick version is real fun and very fast. But you have to get a stick with appr. the same characteristics as the one I describe in my procedure - the access time of that stick is 0.5ms. Boot is 38 seconds and shutdown is 14 seconds. And the operation is very, very fluent.
    I read through the procedure you wrote up a few days ago. I'm quite impressed.
    If you don't mind me saying so, I doubt you'd notice much difference between a fast USB3 stick on a ditto port and a SSD on the same type of USB port.
    The port (any MB port really) is bound to be the bottle neck anyhow even though the USB3 standard is finally becoming what it should have been from the onset.

    Anyhow, should you or anyone else for that matter be interested in building W7 to go drives then just ring my bell and I'll try to dig up the procedure. It's similar to W8 to go which should come as no surprise.

    @ Jimbo45: Sorry for the mix up. Guess I owe you a...beer?

    Cheers guys,
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  3. #13


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    Regarding Windows 7 on the stick I have not yet figured out how that would work with the product key. Even if you had a seperate key for the stick installation, how does this work if you carry that from system to sytem. Does anybody know. The same will be interesting once Win8 is on the market and the CP is no more operational.
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  4. #14


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    I think you will be buying the Enterprise Edition so you can use your beloved w8 on a stick.

    The average buyer will not have access to that.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I think you will be buying the Enterprise Edition so you can use your beloved w8 on a stick.

    The average buyer will not have access to that.
    Nah, that's too much money for that hobby - LOL.
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  6. #16


    Hi everybody, this is my first post. Just want to share some what I know.

    Can Windows 8 be installed on an external drive via a USB cable?
    Yes, just like jimbo45 said:"That is EXACTLY what Windows 2 Go is all about -- plug it into any machine --".

    Base on my test you can install wintogo on any partition external pata/sata HD and boot wintogo from internal HD also. It works fine on a lot of computers intel/AMD, but not all.
    BIOS error rgd BCD, BSOD Oxc000000e on intel MB D865PERL, PLOP boot manager can not help, but Wintogo works fine as internal HD.

    Boot in about 42 seconds USB v2.0 external sata HD.
    150+ LiveUSB external HD Multiboot with grub4dos - YouTube
    Nativeboot is still faster than wintogo
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  7. #17


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    Vista and Win7


    Nativeboot is still faster than wintogo
    That depends on the speed of the HDD. My USB3 stick boots in 38 seconds (Event 100 in Event viewer). Yes, on the SSD it is faster but a slow HDD may be slower.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by HDbooter View Post
    BSOD Oxc000000e
    I was wondering in another thread how this can work since many people have troubles finding the right drivers themselves manually, even after the install is done in a normal desktop OS scenario.

    I think MS is kinda sorta doing the wrong thing by making this available and supporting it. If they want to do that, they should include the latest driver of every single piece of known hardware in the world as part of the Windows 8 DVD. If they can't or won't do that, I don't see the advantages of this "to go" thing.

    Even if it works as is for the majority, are they getting the best from their devices?

    But thank you for sharing your results. I am sure it still will interest a large amount of people. And welcome!
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  9. #19


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    Now it makes more sense. Specifically:

    "It is intended to allow enterprise administrators to provide users with an imaged version of Windows 8 that reflects the corporate desktop and as such is aimed at enterprises."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_To_Go

    Perfect for all similar machines the image was made for. That is a good use.
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  10. #20


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Now it makes more sense. Specifically:

    "It is intended to allow enterprise administrators to provide users with an imaged version of Windows 8 that reflects the corporate desktop and as such is aimed at enterprises."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_To_Go

    Perfect for all similar machines the image was made for. That is a good use.

    Hi there
    I disagree here -- In a large work environment using similar hardware there are enough fairly standard and relatively easy (fot those guys - not the average joe) to image a reference machine and deploy it on to their company desk / laptops.

    Windows to Go IMO is FAR more useful for people like roving consultants who might be working all over the place -- the clients software might not have EXCEL or a really OLD version or other business type of software. In addition you could have it in YOUR OWN language too.

    I've also posted a scenario where you can add a Virtual machine such as W2003 server to it as well under Hyper-V so you could when demoing stuff in a public place say an exhibition stall just allow people to logon to your virtual server to test the stuff. - Avoids security issues etc such as people accessing company VPN's etc.

    To demo the stuff just clone the bits you need on to your Virtual server -- and you are good to go --using the public wifi system too -- no expensive infrastructure etc.

    I think the LEAST useful feature of this will be in Corporate deployments -- in any case the product is called Windows to Go so I assume it means ON the MOVE.

    Roving consultants should find this really useful -- I run it from a small external HDD and performance even with the virtual machine running on the HYPER-V is fine.

    A decent SSD will be even better.

    Just unplug when finished --- excellent idea Ms.


    @ fdegrove == I see you might be in Belgium sometimes

    I like "The Six Nations Pub" in Brussels in the Rue Getry just near the Grand Place and not far from the central station.

    Often in there on "Footie" nights so if you want a Beer --
    I'll probably be there for the Chelsea Barcelona Game(s). !!


    Cheers
    jimbo
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