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Rookie Question - USB Booting

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1

    Rookie Question - USB Booting


    Hello,

    I'm trying to boot Window 8.1 off my USB drive. I've created a bootable USB drive using Rufus-2.1. I'm having some troubles.
    I don't know where to install Window 8.1 to. I don't see the USB drive in the partition menu when installing Window 8.1.

    The steps I followed.
    1: Download ISO file and Rufus.
    2: Create a bootable USB, and indeed it works.
    Now I'm stuck at installing Windows because I don't know which partition to install Windows to.
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    Last edited by Big Daddy; 15 May 2015 at 20:56.

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  2. #2


    Hello,

    I Fixed that image for you.

    Have a look at this tutorial,

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    You look like you are at step 8,



    The highlighted partition above is where you want to install to.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    @derekimo Thank you. Drive 0 P4 is my main drive(as it seems). This would not erase the data I already have on that drive, would it?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Looking at the present screenshot of your fixed disk - if you install to partition 4 - Yes it would over-write the data on your C drive..

    Are you look to install windows onto your PC or are you trying to install windows on a USB Drive (Windows to Go)

    Since most USB devices are considered removable drives.. Windows setup will not allow the install to a removable drive..

    For a windows to go - we apply windows to the usb device..
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  5. #5


    Yes it would. If that's not your intent maybe you can clarify what you are trying to do.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    Sorry I wasn't being clear.

    Let's say I want to boot Linux and Windows 8. I have Windows 8(default) on my Laptop, and Linux on an USB. Now let's say I want to boot Linux off that USB without erasing Windows 8. That's what I'm trying to do.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    I was able to solve this my self. Shrinking my main Drive then making a new Drive solved the problem.

    Thanks again.
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  8. #8


    Sounds good, glad you got it sorted.
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