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Windows To Go - Create in Windows 8 Enterprise


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Windows To Go - Create in Windows 8 Enterprise
This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows To Go workspace on a USB flash drive in Windows 8 Enterprise that can be booted from any Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC.
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How to Create a Windows To Go Workspace on a USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 Enterprise
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This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows To Go workspace on a USB flash drive in Windows 8 Enterprise that can be booted from any Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC.
How to Create a "Windows To Go" Workspace on a USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 Enterprise

information   Information
Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows 8 that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the PC. Windows To Go workspaces can use the same image enterprises use for their desktops and laptops and can be managed the same way. Windows To Go is not intended to replace desktops, laptops or supplant other mobility offerings. Rather, it provides support for efficient use of resources for alternative workplace scenarios.

For more information and details about Windows To Go workspaces, see:

This tutorial will show you how to create a "Windows To Go" workspace on a USB flash drive in Windows 8 Enterprise that can be booted from any Windows 7 and Windows 8 (except Windows 8 RT) host PC that supports booting from a connected USB flash drive.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
Differences between Windows To Go and a typical installation of Windows

  • Internal disks are offline. To ensure data isn’t accidentally disclosed, internal hard disks on the host computer are offline by default when booted into a Windows To Go workspace. Similarly if a Windows To Go drive is inserted into a running system the Windows To Go drive will not be listed in Windows Explorer.

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) isn’t used. When using BitLocker Drive Encryption a pre-operating system boot password will be used for security rather than the TPM since the TPM is tied to a specific computer and Windows To Go drives will move between computers.

  • Hibernate is disabled by default. To ensure that the Windows To Go workspace is able to move between computers easily, hibernation is disabled by default. Hibernation can be re-enabled by using Group Policy settings.

  • Windows Recovery Environment isn’t available. In the rare case that you need to recover your Windows To Go drive, you should re-image it with a fresh image of Windows.

  • Refreshing or resetting a Windows To Go workspace is not supported. Resetting to the manufacturer’s standard for the computer doesn’t apply when running a Windows To Go workspace, so the feature was disabled.

  • Store is disabled by default. Apps licensed through the store are linked to hardware for licensing. Since Windows To Go is designed to roam to different host PCs access to the store is disabled. You can enable the store if your Windows To Go workspaces won’t be roaming to multiple PC hosts. With Windows To Go in Windows 8.1, the Windows Store is enabled by default. Windows To Go users may roam to any number of machines and access the Windows Store and use Windows Store apps.
Note   Note

  • If host PC is 32-bit with legacy BIOS, then it will only support booting from a 32-bit Windows To Go USB flash drive.
  • If host PC is 64-bit with legacy BIOS, then it will support booting from 32-bit and 64-bit Windows To Go USB flash drive.
  • If host PC is 32-bit with UEFI BIOS, then it will only support booting from a 32-bit Windows To Go USB flash drive.
  • If host PC is 64-bit with UEFI BIOS, then it will only support booting from a 64-bit Windows To Go USB flash drive.
  • Windows To Go is fully supported on either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports on PC’s certified for Windows 7 or Windows 8 (except Windows 8 RT).
  • Don’t boot the Windows To Go drive from a USB hub. Always insert the Windows To Go drive directly into a port on the computer.
  • Always shut down Windows and wait for shutdown to complete before removing the Windows To Go USB flash drive.

warning   Warning
Minimum Requirements to Create a "Windows To Go" Workspace

Tip   Tip
If you would like to download a free 90-day trial evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise that you can install, see:

Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

OR

Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview





Here's How:

1. In your Windows 8 Enterprise, either insert your Windows 8 Enterprise DVD, or mount your Windows 8 Enterprise ISO file.
NOTE: This is so you can use the Sources\install.wim file from the DVD or mounted ISO file to create the Windows To Go with.

2. Connect the USB flash drive you want to use for Windows To Go, open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Windows To Go icon.

3. Select the USB flash drive, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Windows-To-Go-1.jpg

4. Select the Windows 8 Enterprise install.wim file from step 1 above, and click\tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If for some reason Windows didn't find the .wim file, then click/tap on the Add search location button to manually navigate to and select the DVD or mounted ISO from step 1 above.
Windows-To-Go-2.jpg

5. Do step 6 or 7 below depending on if you would like to use a BitLocker password on your Windows To GO USB flash drive.
Windows-To-Go-3.jpg

Note   Note
A BitLocker password encrypts your Windows To Go USB flash drive workspace. You'll need to enter the password every time you boot from your Windows To Go USB flash drive workspace. This is different from the password you use to sign in to your Windows 8 PC.

password.jpg



6. To Not Use BitLocker on your Windows To Go USB Flash Drive
A) Leave the Use BitLocker with my Windows To Go workspace box unchecked, click/tap on Skip, and go to step 8 below. (see left screenshot below step 5)​

7. To Use BitLocker on your Windows To Go USB Flash Drive
B) Check the Use BitLocker with my Windows To Go workspace box unchecked, type a password you want for BitLocker, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below step 5)​
NOTE: By default, BitLocker passwords must be at least 8 characters long.​

8. Click/tap on Create. (see screenshot below)
Windows-To-Go-4.jpg

9. Your Windows To Go workspace will now start to be created on the USB flash drive. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This can take a while to finish.
Windows-To-Go-5.jpg

10. When finished, select (dot) what boot option you would like to use on your Windows To Go USB flash drive. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
Yes = This will only set this Windows 8 Enterprise PC (host) to always automatically boot from any bootable USB flash drives when they are connected at boot. If you connect the Windows To Go USB flash drive to another host PC, then it will be the same as No below.

No = This will mean that in order to boot from you Windows To Go USB flash drive when you restart or boot your host PC, you will have to manually either select to boot from the USB flash drive from the boot menu, or to set your BIOS or UEFI to have the USB flash drive listed first in the boot priority list.

See also: Enable or Disable Always Automatically Boot PC from USB Drive in Windows To Go Startup Options


Windows-To-Go-6.jpg
A) To boot from Windows To Go and finish setting up now, click/tap on Save and restart, and go to step 11 below.​
B) To finish setting up Windows To Go later, click/tap on Save and close. Whenever you boot from this Windows To Go USB flash drive next, go to step 11 below to finished setting up.​


11. When you have booted from the Windows To Go USB flash drive for the first time, check the I accept the license terms box, and click/tap on Next.


12. You can now do steps 10 to 19 in the tutorial here to finish setting up Windows 8 Enterprise on the Windows To Go workspace. (see screenshot below)
setup.jpg

13. When finished, check to make sure that you have internet access. Sometimes you may need to setup the wireless or ethernet network from the host PC for your Windows To Go workspace before you will have internet access.

14. Use the tutorial below to enter your Windows 8 Enterprise product key to activate your Windows To Go workspace.



Tip   Tip
While Booted in Windows To Go Workspace

  • It is recommended to disable the first sign-in animation to avoid not seeing it every time you connect this Windows To Go USB flash drive to a different Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC.
  • When you are booted to the Windows To Go USB flash drive, the host PC drives will be offline by default to be hidden and unaccessible by the Windows To Go workspace. The only exception is that the host PC that you created Windows To Go on will let you see only it's data drives and never it's OS drive by default. To make these drives accessible to the Windows To Go workspace, you can use this tutorial.
  • By default, the Windows Store isn't available on Windows To Go workspaces. If you like, you can use this tutorial to allow installing Store apps on the Windows To Go workspace.





That's it,
Shawn


 
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Nice one, Shawn.
 

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Thank you Ray. :)
 

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As I did not have the SSD I created a Windows to go on a little portable exteral drive. Works very well. But how do I get apps and files on the WTG? Let's say I bring my netbook to an internet cafe. I plug in and boot from my WTG (wasn't created on the netbook). I want to check out some files on the netbook. How would I get to them? And if I create anything on the WTG how would I get the files to other computers if I don't have the host computer WTG was made on?

Duh - sometimes it helps to read the instructions. Found this thread:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/14121-windows-go-unhide-drives-host-computer.html

Works good :)

Thanks Brink
 
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Now that I understand the care and feeding of WTG a little better, what are some of the more useful projects it can do. I know corporate can have people take WTG with them to work on a destination PC, but that is for business.

For the rest of us, what can we do with it that we may not yet know. Right now I view it as a novelty. But if a PC crashes and won't boot, is unfixable, instead of using a recovery boot disk to rescue files off the internal hard drive, can WTG be used for this? Or to fix a compromised PC? But can WTG be infected from the virii on a host PC? If so, it is a simple process to just make another one.

I am assuming if I brought WTG to a library and hid any internal disks then I could just run WTG on their host computer. If I go onoine then WTG would need anti-virus of course. And if I go to fix a relatives computer I could bring WTG to work on it?

What else can WTG be used for?
 

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WTG can be used for recovery, but it's sort of like lighting a candle with a flamethrower. Yes, it works, but using tools like DaRT or other WinPE recovery tools are a better option as they're better designed for such work.

WTG is really designed for corporate/enterprise environments where you have large numbers of contractors that need machines, or in BYOD scenarios, or where machines are thin terminals and users need to roam between them regularly, etc. WTG is a real Windows 8 install, but it doesn't necessarily yet have all the use cases that a laptop would, for instance. Where it's designed to be used, it works much better than a portable machine, but as a recovery environment it would be overkill.
 

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So WTG is mostly for business then. However I am the tech guru for my extended family. They know just enough about computers to be dangerous. One time I brought some files on a thumb drive and their computer loaded the stick but either could not access the files but was being stubborn about it. So in a case like that if I brought my WTG that would have saved the day as I could put a lot of must have files on my portable.

Is it possible for WTG to put another operating system on a portable drive or thumb? Windows 8 wrecks havoc with our stationery. XP was perfect, we have to jump through hoops to do stationery on W7, and W8 brings it's own problems in the way of music and transitions. So we would love to put XP on with WTG and even W7. Hope we can.
 

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Windows To Go is for Windows 8 only. There are 3rd party products that allow you to create "portable" installations of other versions of Windows, but booting WTG requires the Win8 bootloader and the Win8 kernel - the 3rd party solutions use drivers and hardware trickery to get around older OS limitations on fixed disk booting. BartPE might be enough to get you working from a bootable USB key, but of course (especially in the US) the legality licensing-wise of doing such a thing is always in question.
 

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Nice one Shawn ! :)
 

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Thank you Vladimir. :)
 

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I remember reading about MS frowning on BartPE but thought that was smoothed over. Well then, Plan B. Is it possible to put a virtual XP or Windows 7 on WTG. And even if it can, will it run decently? And in regular virtuals there is supposed to be a trick to accessing files on the host computer. Can all this be done? WTG, plus virtual XP or W7 plus accessing files on the host drive. I would be doing this mainly for my full fledged stationery - scrolling, transitions, popups, etc.

Windows To Go is for Windows 8 only. There are 3rd party products that allow you to create "portable" installations of other versions of Windows, but booting WTG requires the Win8 bootloader and the Win8 kernel - the 3rd party solutions use drivers and hardware trickery to get around older OS limitations on fixed disk booting. BartPE might be enough to get you working from a bootable USB key, but of course (especially in the US) the legality licensing-wise of doing such a thing is always in question.
 

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If you install Hyper-V on a WTG install (yes, it can be done) on a machine with a SLAT-capable CPU, you can then take that just about anywhere the hardware supports virtualization (including non-SLAT machines) and it'll run just fine from a WTG stick. With that you can run any OS you'd like in Hyper-V.
 

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Ahhhh in English, in English :) Virtual has always been my downfall could never get it going. I ran coreinfo and it said my computer is capable: Hypervisor is present, supports amd hardware-assisted virtulatization, supports amd nested page tables (Slat) But now I am getting into Dimmie territory (Dummy on steroids, that's me).

I came on an interesting concept however - Paragon Go Virtual. Rather than install an operating system into a virtual box, this lets you makes a virtual image of a drive on your computer. Therefore I can install fresh XP on my older tower, get paint shop pro and its filters, get my stationery stuff together then use PGV to make a virtual image of the whole shebang. Now to figure out how to get it into a virtual box, probably the one from Microsoft. And it sounds like this would work on more computers than Slat and Hyper-V would?

This might be an interesting thing to do, and a suitable subject for a baby steps tutorial here on the Windows Eight Forums.
 

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Just remember that type-2 hypervisors (virtualization applications like Virtual Box, VMware workstation, etc) don't run directly on the hardware and can take a relatively interesting performance hit, although they generally have less stringent hardware requirements. The benefits of a type-1 hypervisor like Hyper-V is that it does run directly on the hardware, and virtual machines run (basically) directly on the hardware as well, gaining almost native performance (usually within 1-2% of native performance, sometimes even better with newer OSes like Win8 and Server 2012).

So with compatibility comes a penalty, usually in performance. If you're fairly sure you'll be near machines that will have Intel or AMD virtualization technology available with your WTG stick, Hyper-V would be a much better choice.
 

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Now this is good news indeed, that virtual can use hardware. When W7 first came out and people were trying to get Windows Mail going (and thanks to the Windows Seven Forums for this) they also tried XP virtual only to quickly abandon it due to the slowness.

I didn't even realize Virtual can use hardware, Can you explain this Type 1 - what is it exactly, how does it use hardware, where do find tutorials on doing this, etc. Ideally I would like to use this on my WTG.

I found this on youtube
Episode #328: Introduction to Type 1 Hypervisor Virtualization - Bare Metal Virtual Servers - YouTube


I guess you have to have a server for Type 1, and you install VMware ESXI then you install whatever operating systems you want.


I am not sure how this goes. If I want Type 1 on my WTG, how would I do that? Do I always have to install Vmware first then operating systems? If I have just one computer and no server or network would I wipe my hard drive then install Vmware then my Windows? And woulod WTG be one of these? I am confused ...
 
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Hyper-V is a bare metal hypervisor, and the OS you log into (Windows 8, in this case) is a "management partition", aka a special VM with special access to drivers and the hypervisor. Microsoft has made type1 hypervisors more available to everyone with Windows 8 and Hyper-V, honestly - install the Hyper-V feature, reboot twice, and you have Windows 8 as a management VM on top of a type1 hypervisor, and if you do this on a WTG install of Windows 8 you have created that now running all on a portable USB key. It's not more complicated than that, and it's pretty cool to do :).
 

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#17

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System One

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    Vista and Win7
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    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
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    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

soahs

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#18
This is a very interesting concept and I would like to learn it now that I know more. But to start with something completely foreign then put Windows on top of that is too unsettling for me. Wish I had known of this when I was first learning computers :) Thank you for your help, and never say never so maybe some day.

Hyper-V is a bare metal hypervisor, and the OS you log into (Windows 8, in this case) is a "management partition", aka a special VM with special access to drivers and the hypervisor. Microsoft has made type1 hypervisors more available to everyone with Windows 8 and Hyper-V, honestly - install the Hyper-V feature, reboot twice, and you have Windows 8 as a management VM on top of a type1 hypervisor, and if you do this on a WTG install of Windows 8 you have created that now running all on a portable USB key. It's not more complicated than that, and it's pretty cool to do :).
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    don't know
    Motherboard
    asus
    Memory
    4 gigs
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    nvidia
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    Maxthon
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    avast

soahs

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#19
I think I will go with the VM Player and will post in the thread you suggested. I tried to follow the directions and it kept saying it couldn't find the iso. Which is not unusual for me, could never get virtual going. See you on the other side :)

I created my Windows to Go with the help of VMware Player and that works with any Windows 8 edition. In the tutorial I use the example of a Linux distro, but I have also used it for my Windows Pro upgrade. It works very well on all my systems.

Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    don't know
    Motherboard
    asus
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia
    Browser
    Maxthon
    Antivirus
    avast
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#20
I am REALLY ecstatic about WTG and this forum has my gratitude for getting me up to speed quickly.

The one problem I still see with it, and which doesn't seem to be addressed on this forum or anywhere in google searches is how to change the screen resolution, as the max I can get is 1024.

Please, please, please: if THIS works it will MAKE MY DAY.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 blue