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Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

  1. #130


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    Windows 8


    Are you saying that the download version does not have the install.wim file but the DVD retail version i would buy in a store does have it? Or, that the install.wim is only in the Enterprise version, which would be hard to believe, as hardly anybody on the internet outlining this procedure mentioned that we need the Enterprise version. To the contrary I found several articles even showing screen shots where I would have to enter my product key if using a Win 8 Pro version.
    I have to point out that most of those articles were written prior to the official release date. I could assume that it was done using the pre-release software to create the USB stick.

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  2. #131


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    Sure enough, the pre-release ISO has the install.wim included. That could explain why "everybody" could create the Win to go. Maybe nobody has tried it with a retail version of Win 8 Pro.
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  3. #132


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by gerdgoebel View Post
    Sure enough, the pre-release ISO has the install.wim included. That could explain why "everybody" could create the Win to go. Maybe nobody has tried it with a retail version of Win 8 Pro.
    Basically, yes. I personally didn't tried it on the PRO ISO.

    The pre-release wasn't the PRO version it was something like... Ultimate or call it Enterprise since there is no ultimate anymore. And it had all features.

    Try the install feature yourself on the install.esd to see if it works. It's been said it will not work on the PRO version only on Enterprise, that's why I never tried the To Go method on the PRO in the first place.
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  4. #133


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Correct - Windows To Go is only available on Win8 Enterprise versions, and it only supports creating WTG sticks running the Enterprise version.
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  5. #134


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    I have installed windows 8 enterprise on the internal hard drive of my notebook, then I made the hard drive external using an usb 3.0 enclosure. Problem is... when I boot from the external hdd with windows 8 preinstalled internally, the windows 8 logo appears, and so is the loading image... and after some time, windows crashes and the notebook restarts itself... is there any way to solve this problem ? any idea is most welcomed
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  6. #135


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Is the external disk seen as a non-removable drive? You can't really install Windows on a drive that reports itself as removable and have it work flawlessly. There are some hacks I've seen for older versions of Windows that may work on Windows 8, but ultimately you have to use non-removable media if you're going to do it right. A USB enclosure with a hard disk in it is still considered removable media.
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  7. #136


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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    the external hdd is seen as a normal hdd by the notebook's bios. I know this kind of thing isn't supposed to work flawlessly, but people that have written tutorials for windows to go claimed to have used usb sticks and usb hard disk drives, and after all, this is why it's called windows to go right ? Cly wrote earlier in this thread:

    "I was able to install Win 8 64-bit on the USB stick. Not sure why the "clean" command threw that error.


    Win 8 To Go on USB has been a mixed bag. It worked on 40% of the 64-bit computers I tried it on.

    It worked on 2 HP laptops.
    It did not not work on 2 separate Dell desktops (quadcore and Nehalem-based).
    It also did not work on the desktop I recently put together (Asrock motherboard, i7-2600k).

    When I say it did not work, here is what happens:

    It seems to be booting fine, and then a faint blue screen flashes for half a second and the computer shuts down. It happens so quickly I cannot read the message."

    I get the same result, it boots without any problems, then at loading screen, with the circular dots, I get bsod. I changed the autorestart function to be disabled, from regedit, and now I have read the bsod message: INNACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. It's funny because it clearly boots from the external hdd as long as the windows logo appears... I'm thinking some drivers problems... I don't know... hope somebody has the same problem and finds a solution. I will try it on another computer and see if it boots successfuly.
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  8. #137


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    I have installed windows 7 on my hard disk drive while inside the notebook and I have followed this tutorial in order to make it usb bootable [Tutorial] Boot Windows 7 from USB hard disk by karyonix - Windows 7 - reboot.pro

    Then I installed the hard drive in the same external usb 3.0 enclosure that I have mentioned earlier and it has booted successfuly into windows 7, with all of it's features working flawlessly.

    This way I am now sure that it is not a hardware related problem, so the notebook and the external enclosure are both capable of what I need, only problem now is making the windows 8 installation usb bootable. Still waiting for some ideas
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  9. #138


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by blajinu View Post
    I have installed windows 7 on my hard disk drive while inside the notebook and I have followed this tutorial in order to make it usb bootable [Tutorial] Boot Windows 7 from USB hard disk by karyonix - Windows 7 - reboot.pro

    Then I installed the hard drive in the same external usb 3.0 enclosure that I have mentioned earlier and it has booted successfuly into windows 7, with all of it's features working flawlessly.

    This way I am now sure that it is not a hardware related problem, so the notebook and the external enclosure are both capable of what I need, only problem now is making the windows 8 installation usb bootable. Still waiting for some ideas
    Is your primary intention of making Windows 8 To Go Ghetto version with Windows 8 Pro? If so, I can find that one tutorial on how to create a Windows 7 version of it, but I image it will work the same with 8.
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  10. #139


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Speaking of Windows 8 To Go, how many of you guys used it on several different PCs?

    I've personally come across like four machines out of I think 12 or PCs. Two just freaked out, but the other two gave a BSOD which I saw as UNMOUNTABLET_BOOT_VOLUME.
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