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Installation of Windows 8/8.1 to SD Card

  1. #11

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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Fahid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fahid View Post
    In fact I would state my purpose and motivation so you guys can help me better. I have a Windows 8 laptop (No UEFI) for which I somehow managed to damage the LCD screen of, eventually battery and some keys on keyboard as well, basically this was carried out by children in home. So normally, getting it back on track as a laptop may cost something over 100 Euros; and despite all the problems stated, the laptop is in perfect working condition, can be used through HDMI display and USB keyboard/mouse as a desktop PC perhaps.
    Yes I know it may sound strange, Windows 8 laptop without UEFI support!
    but yes, that the case
    Option two in the link I posted will work with legacy BIOS installs also. It's the way I create my bootable thumb drives. All you want to do is see if your laptop will boot from the SD card. If it will, then see about creating the Windows to go drive. If it won't you'll need a USB card reader or a big thumb drive to go any further.

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  2. #12

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    I installed Windows 10 Server on the exact same SD card using the steps in @whs tutorial link in post 2
    I meant @alphanumeric 's link in post 2, sorry.

    I wasn't recommending Linux over Windows - just that I've wiped my SD card and put something else on it now so I can't really test anything for you. Windows did work for me though so just see if you can boot something (anything) off it. It will either let you boot from it or not.

    Having said all that, I have an old dell laptop which has been running (almost) 24*7 for 10+ years on HDD (it runs my Logitech media server) so even if SD boot doesn't work you might get lucky.
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  3. #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fahid View Post
    and one silly idea could be to boot through USB flash and then shift the control to SD/ VHD
    That isn't a silly idea at all.

    If you can only boot from USB and not your SD card reader you could then certainly run a VM off your SD card using VMware or VBox or something while booting from a USB key. You could put some Linux on the USB to run the virtualisation software if you don't have another Widows license.

    I've also run Windows VMs on the same SanDisk 32GB card using VirtualBox and that works fine (again with the pagefile on the card). I didn't notice it being either faster or slower than booting direct from the card (I'm still looking for a real use for this card as you can see, a bit like you but it is quite fun playing around I think)
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  4. #14

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    WinToUSB - Install & Run Windows/WinPE on a USB drive!

    You could also run a lite weight recovery environment in ram... All in Memory..
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