Running Windows 8 pro off external hard drive

livlyf

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Hi

I successfully managed to create a virtual hard drive on my external drive to try boot windows 8 off it. I managed to boot it up and the login screen also appears as normal. I have a successful login, But on the second time login I am faced with black screen and the cursor. I'm aware that Microsoft has released a fix for this. I have attached the executable in the zip. I tried running this fix but it didn't help :(. After the black screen appears, even in safe mode I cannot run explorer.exe or open any folder to try running any executable files to fix this problem. Hopefully somebody can direct me where to solve this issue. Thank you :)
 

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    Trying to run Windows 8 off external harddrive

XweAponX

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It is a black screen with a mouse? Yah, you said so - When that happened to me it was an activation issue. Did you activate it? Or is it just doing this, not even allowing you to activate.

What speed is the connection to the drive, is it SATA or is it USB, I would not try this unless I have USB 3.
 

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livlyf

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Hi thank you for your quick reply. The hard drive that I have is USB 3.0 but I don't have any compatible port to fully run as USB 3.0. I can activate windows as soon as I install it. But after shutting it down I can only really login and do nothing else
 

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    Windows 7/8
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    Dell Inspiron N4050
    Memory
    4GB
    Browser
    Google Chrome/Mozilla FireFox
    Antivirus
    Sophos Endpoint 10
    Other Info
    Trying to run Windows 8 off external harddrive

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