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vardhan

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hi
i'm running currently on windows 8 consumer preview
i want to select boot devices (usb) to boot at startup
but there is no such option in settings

this is what i did:

settings
general
advance startup

choose options: continue,troubleshoot, turn off pc

i couldn't find select boot devices there.

is there any way i can do this?!
help!!
 

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jeffrys

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hi,

I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

Jeff
 

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BalticTrinty

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hi,

I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

Jeff

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i don't have all these options on my laptop. all i have is continue, troubleshoot and turn off.
i want the other option "use a device".

Shortly :
Your current OS is Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Now you want to boot from USB device.

To do this can use Use a Device but as I understand you dont have this option.
To do it without this :
1. Restart computer
2. Enter BIOS (to enter this you need to press key , you will see which key you need to press to enter BIOS).
3. Find Boot options and Boot Order.
4. Set Removable Device (or USB device or anyother like this) for first device. For this you can use +/- or what that say.
5. Attach that device.
6. Save & Reset.

Baltic Trinty.
 

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vardhan

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hi,

I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

Jeff

View attachment 6272
i don't have all these options on my laptop. all i have is continue, troubleshoot and turn off.
i want the other option "use a device".

Shortly :
Your current OS is Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Now you want to boot from USB device.

To do this can use Use a Device but as I understand you dont have this option.
To do it without this :
1. Restart computer
2. Enter BIOS (to enter this you need to press key , you will see which key you need to press to enter BIOS).
3. Find Boot options and Boot Order.
4. Set Removable Device (or USB device or anyother like this) for first device. For this you can use +/- or what that say.
5. Attach that device.
6. Save & Reset.

Baltic Trinty.

thanks for the replyi
tried that way by pressing all the keys (F2, F12, F1 and del)
but my system is little too fast for my response.
i even had my friends try to enter the bios but not possible.
is there any other way to boot from usb like using command prompt or enabling it in advance startup settings??
 

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jimbo45

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hi,

I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

Jeff


Hi there

YOU most CERTAINLY can boot from USB stick. In fact I can even boot from a micro SD card installed in a smartphone. !!

Just go to the Windows to Go tutorial to set this up.

Note that this Windows is a REAL RUNNING windows system -- not just an "Install disk". Your USB stick / ext disk is the "C" drive.

You get access to all your local (and network) drives too.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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jeffrys

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Well Jimbo, my bad, I was unter the impression that Vardhan wanted to install and run Win on a USB stick/drive, which is impossible.

I always install via a USB-drive/stick, do not have a DVD in my computer. I removed this long ago, have no use for it.

So I misunderstood.

Sorry


Jeff
 

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GMan

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install and run Win on a USB stick/drive, which is impossible.

Windows To Go is a new feature for Windows 8 that allows this now and officially supported. But you're right, in previous Windows you couldn't do it (without hacks etc...)
 

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MadHorseman

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Has anybody asked OP what he is trying to do in simple terms????
 

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NiFu

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tried that way by pressing all the keys (F2, F12, F1 and del)
For entering the "boot device selection screen" on some PCs also F8 or F11 works.
For entering BIOS in most cases "del" of F2 should work.

Give us the name of your PC - perhaps we find the correct key in the internet.
 

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jimbo45

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Well Jimbo, my bad, I was unter the impression that Vardhan wanted to install and run Win on a USB stick/drive, which is impossible.

I always install via a USB-drive/stick, do not have a DVD in my computer. I removed this long ago, have no use for it.

So I misunderstood.




Jeff

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It's not impossible at all--That's what the whole "Windows to Go on a stick" is about.

Unlike previous versions of Windows you can install this to an external USB device and then simply boot up on another machine. It will try and get all the new drivers etc -- and actually works very well.

It's a shame that this feature will only be available in W8 Enterprise -after release but currently you can use it with W8 consumer preview.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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NiFu

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But you can't boot from USB 3.0 and benefit from the USB 3.0 sped.

Currently most motherboards do not boot from USB 3.0. And the few motherboards that use the blue USB 3.0 connection to boot, do it only with the speed of USB 2.0.

For boot a computer from a USB flash drive the BIOS emulates an IDE interface at the USB port. Current BIOS versions support this up to now only for USB 2.0 speed.

More information: Google translation from German site.
 

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GMan

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But you can't boot from USB 3.0 and benefit from the USB 3.0 sped.

Currently most motherboards do not boot from USB 3.0. And the few motherboards that use the blue USB 3.0 connection to boot, do it only with the speed of USB 2.0.

For boot a computer from a USB flash drive the BIOS emulates an IDE interface at the USB port. Current BIOS versions support this up to now only for USB 2.0 speed.

More information: Google translation from German site.

Sure you can. WHS showed us the excellent positive difference it makes compared to 2.0.
 

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samgabbay

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if you want to boot from a usb at startup you must do ESC or f9 or boot option
 

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johnpombrio

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EDIT EDIT Oops! Well, there's boot and there's BOOT. I got boot to install mixed up with BOOT to Windows. Heh. In the meantime tho, its nice to know that both can be done!

Anybody try the Windows7-USB-DVD-tool? It SEEMS to be loading the Win8 RP ISO onto it. I will try booting from it when it is done writing to the USB stick...

It works fine! See Here:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2227-create-bootable-usb-dvd-windows-8-release-preview-iso.html

Browse to where you stored the Win8 Release Preview ISO and load it into a USB stick. My UEFI BIOS lets me boot directly from the stick and the Win8 install screen came right up. Hel'a'lot faster than a DVD too.
 
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whs

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I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.
 

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samgabbay

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I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.

I thaught it was how to boot from the usb
 

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jimbo45

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I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.

I thaught it was how to boot from the usb


Hi there
that Obfuscates the issue even more -- since BOOTING FROM a USB doesn't actually resolve what the real question is -- BOOT FROM a USB INTO ====> What OS

(a) ==> Windows installation procedure to install W8 on to a target drive

(b) ==> Boot up and have a full running W8 system just like it would be on an internal C drive. Rather like a "Live" Windows disk - but could actually install software and updates too as well as have access to your other networked devices and applications.

(c)==> boot from a USB into a Linux system

(d)==>none of the above.

Most modern computers allow you via BIOS to BOOT from a USB device --and to make a USB device bootable is simplicity itself -- the real point is what do you want to BOOT INTO.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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whs

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I think we are discussing two different things in this thread.

1. Running Windows from a USB stick as described in my posting #12
2. Creating a USB stick with an .iso from which you can install Windows as described in posting #16

We just should be aware that these are two completely different matters - especially since I am not certain what the OP's question was referring to in the first place.

I thaught it was how to boot from the usb
In both cases you boot from USB. In 1), you boot into the system and can run the system. In 2) you boot into the installer and you can install the system.
 

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