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    Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB

    Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB
    Enable or Disable Always Automatically Boot PC from USB Drive in Windows To Go Startup Options
    Published by Brink is offline
    06 Sep 2014
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    Enable or Disable Always Automatically Boot PC from USB Drive in Windows To Go Startup Options


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to use Windows To Go Startup Options to enable or disable your PC to always automatically boot from a connected bootable USB drive or Windows To Go drive for all users in all editions of Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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

    Note   Note
    If you have a UEFI Windows 8/8.1 installation, then you will need a bootable UEFI flash drive to be able to boot from it using the method in this tutorial.


    If you enable or turn on this startup option, then your PC will be automatically configured to automatically boot from a connected bootable USB drive instead of Windows. If you disconnect the USB drive, then your PC will boot to Windows until you connect the USB next. This saves you from having to manually configure your BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from a USB.

    If you disable or turn off this startup option, then your PC will automatically boot to Windows unless you manually configure your BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from a USB drive.





    Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB OPTION ONE Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB
    Turn On/Off Automatically Boot USB in Windows To Go Startup Options

    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, copy and paste the command below, and click/tap on OK to open Windows To Go Startup Options.

    rundll32.exe pwlauncher.dll,ShowPortableWorkspaceLauncherConfigurationUX


    2. Select (dot) Yes or No for what you want to do, and click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: The default setting is No.

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    3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.





    Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB OPTION TWO Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB
    Turn On or Off Automatically Boot USB Drives in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Do step 3, 4, or 5 below for what you would like to do.

    3. To See Current State of USB Startup Option

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4, 5, or 6 below. (see screenshot below)


    pwlauncher


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    4. To Turn Off USB Startup Option
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)


    pwlauncher /disable


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    5. To Turn On USB Startup Option

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)


    pwlauncher /enable


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    6. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.






    Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB OPTION THREE Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB
    Enable or Disable Automatically Boot USB Drives using a REG File


    Note   Note
    This option does the same thing as OPTION FOUR below, but using a .reg file instead.

    This option will override and prevent being able to use OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO above.


    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PortableOperatingSystem

    Launcher DWORD

    0 = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Restore Default USB Startup Option
    NOTE: This is the default setting, and will let you be able to use OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO above again.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Default_USB_in_Windows_To_Go_Startup_Options.reg

    download

    3. To Always Disable USB Startup Option

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_Disable_USB_in_Windows_To_Go_Startup_Options.reg

    download

    4. To Always Enable USB Startup Option

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_Enable_USB_in_Windows_To_Go_Startup_Options.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    7. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







    Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB OPTION FOUR Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB
    Enable or Disable Automatically Boot USB Drives using Group Policy


    Note   Note
    This option does the same thing as OPTION THREE above, but using group policy instead.

    This option will override and prevent being able to use OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO above.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and open Portable Operating System. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the right pane of Portable Operating System, double click/tap on Windows To Go Default Startup Options. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5, 6, or 7 below for what you would like to do.

    5. To Restore Default USB Startup Option
    NOTE: This is the default setting, and will let you be able to use OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO above again.

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)

    6. To Always Disable USB Startup Option

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)

    7. To Always Enable USB Startup Option

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


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    8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window, and restart the Windows To Go workspace to apply.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Thanks - I prefer to be able to make the setting before rebooting like this as I often get distracted and miss getting into the BIOS at boot time

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    Greece
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    Thanks Shawn,

    I've made this change on my laptops, just in case I need it.

    I have a couple of usb devices connected to my laptop all the time - for my wireless mouse and for a fan. I assume these don't need to be disconnected before booting the laptop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Thanks Shawn,

    I've made this change on my laptops, just in case I need it.

    I have a couple of usb devices connected to my laptop all the time - for my wireless mouse and for a fan. I assume these don't need to be disconnected before booting the laptop?
    Only if you have Windows set to automatically boot from a USB drive would you need to remove the USB when you don't want to boot from it. If not, then yeah it's fine to leave the USB connected.
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    I think I may have misunderstood the purpose of this tutorial. Can you please advise.

    I thought it would put me in a situation where I could automatically boot to a usb, so that if I had a problem with my system and couldn't get into Windows or even use the F keys I could get immediate access to something on a usb that would hopefully repair it. But it doesn't seem to do this and I still have to press F12 to get into the boot menu.

    On this I have:

    Boot Mode is set to: UEFI; Secure Boot: ON

    UEFI BOOT

    USB Entry for Windows to Go (No Device)
    Windows Boot Manager
    UEFI Onboard LAN IPv4
    UEFI Onboard LAN IPv6
    EFI USB1 PATH1 (Sandisk Cruzer Pop)

    I was hoping to have this option to use with my Windows Recovery usb and my Dell Recovery usb. With both of these, when I use F12 to enter the boot menu, I can see the usb (example highlighted above), but I was expecting to get there without needing F12.

    Where have I gone wrong?
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    Hello Maggy,

    Yes, it should allow your computer to automatically boot from a bootable USB flash drive when it's connected during a restart or turning on.

    Of course, each system is different and may vary slightly depending on what features the motherboard has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Maggy,

    Yes, it should allow your computer to automatically boot from a bootable USB flash drive when it's connected during a restart or turning on.
    And presumably my Windows Recovery usb, Dell Recovery usb and a recovery usb for 3rd party software (Macrium or Acronis for example) would qualify as 'bootable usb flash drives'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Of course, each system is different and may vary slightly depending on what features the motherboard has.
    Any suggestions (from anyone reading this please) as to how I can find out if this should work on my Dell Inspiron?
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    They should work.

    Only one way to know for sure. Give a try and see. If they don't, you'll still boot to Windows as usual.
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    It works for me for a bootable ISO created by option 2 here Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO so should work for any bootable USB.

    Try it and let us know if it doesn't work. It should but bitlocker may be an issue of course if you use that Deployment Considerations for Windows To Go

    If your host computer is protected by BitLocker and running Windows 7 you should suspend BitLocker before making the change to the firmware settings. After the firmware settings have been successfully reconfigured, resume BitLocker protection. If you do not suspend BitLocker first, BitLocker will assume that the computer has been tampered with and will boot into BitLocker recovery mode.
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