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

  1. #140


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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    my one and only intention was to make my windows 8 installation portable.... and I have succeeded

    forget windows to go tutorials, fiddling with boot files....

    PWBoot is the solution http://reboot.pro/6851/ go there, download the latest version, pick one of the two options and long live the creator of pwboot

    CHEERS to you all

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  2. #141


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by blajinu View Post
    my one and only intention was to make my windows 8 installation portable.... and I have succeeded

    forget windows to go tutorials, fiddling with boot files....

    PWBoot is the solution http://reboot.pro/6851/ go there, download the latest version, pick one of the two options and long live the creator of pwboot

    CHEERS to you all
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  3. #142


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Don't know exactly why is the link not working, but for anyone interested in achieving what I wanted...


    This is it : PWBoot 3.0.2.exe
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  4. #143


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    Windows 7


    Hi. I have a problem when I installed it on USB HDD. Windows is starting but after it loads there is black screen. Sorry for my bad english but i am from poland
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  5. #144


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    szerwony, use PWBoot 3.0.2.exe and you should no longer have the black screen
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  6. #145


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Another reason for the black screen you are getting is that windows 8 and windows 7 creates a small partition, 350mb and 100mb respectively for the boot files when you install windows on an unpartitioned hard drive. this small partition is called system reserved and can be seen on the disk management utility

    You should pre partition the hard drive so that you have only one partition for the windows installation, for example C, in which the windows setup will install the boot files also... this can be done by taking the hard drive you want to install windows on and plugging it into another computer, deleting the existing C partion and system reserved partition, and creating a single partition. now install your windows on the pre formatted C partition that you have just created and after that use pwboot.

    Hope this will be of some help for you.
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  7. #146


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Note that if you delete existing partitions in setup and create a new partition and format it (during the disk selection phase), Windows does not create the extra partition either.
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  8. #147


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    most likely
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  9. #148


    Nope, it wasn't a 2hr download. It's a 4.5hr download. That darn slow Internet.
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  10. #149


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Warning: In Windows 7, I usually keep my bootmgr on the C: partition. With that setup I had some problems running Windows 8 from the stick. Each time it would corrupt my bootmgr. I then created a separate 400MB partition and moved the bootmgr there. That seems to cure the problem.
    Great tutorial. I did not understand this warning though. What does it mean for when I take the USB stick "To go" on a friend's/client's system?
    I am not sure I can answer what will happen on your customers systems. Usually a Windows 7 system will have an independent system partition. In that case there should be no problem - at least in my experience. I only encountered the problem on systems that had the bootmgr on the C partition.
    After successfully booting a few instances this win to go system from the usb stick ,as you foresaw it's boot routine became corrupted(blank screen/no win logo).
    Is there a way to repair stick's bootmgr without being necessary to prepare & reinstall/set the stick again from the beginning?
    i have tried to rerun "bcdboot F:\windows /s F: /f ALL"command again but it doesn't help....
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