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How to Create a Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


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The Windows To Go Startup Options allows you to turn on or off to always automatically boot your PC from a Windows To Go workspace USB drive and any other bootable USB drive when connected.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Windows To Go Startup Options shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change and apply Windows To Go Startup Options.

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If you set this startup option to Yes, 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 set this startup option to No, then your PC will automatically boot to Windows unless you manually configure your BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from a USB drive.

For more details, see:

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


EXAMPLE: Windows To Go Startup Options

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Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut - Create OPTION ONE Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut - Create
To Download a Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Windows_To_Go_Startup_Options_Shortcut.zip

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2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

4. Unblock the shortcut.

5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut - Create OPTION TWO Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut - Create
To Manually Create a Windows To Go Startup Options Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

Code:
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe pwlauncher.dll,ShowPortableWorkspaceLauncherConfigurationUX

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3. Type Windows To Go Startup Options for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4. Right click or press and hold on the new Windows To Go Startup Options shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the path below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

%windir%\System32\pwlauncher.dll


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7.
Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6)

9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.



That's it,
Shawn