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

  1. #150


    Now do I use this to put windows 8 on a USb stick so I can download windows 8 onto anyones computer? in other words if my friend decides he wants a clean install of windows 8 I can bring my USB with this on it and perform the clean install?

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  2. #151


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    Now do I use this to put windows 8 on a USb stick so I can download windows 8 onto anyones computer? in other words if my friend decides he wants a clean install of windows 8 I can bring my USB with this on it and perform the clean install?
    I do believe you will need to make a partition on the flash drive to do this. You may need to use a third party partitioning program to do so however.
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  3. #152


    Microsoft gave me a Windows 8 pro key today. Because the windows 8 that came with my computer is OEM. They told me they will do a clean install for me. Something I believe I could do on my own with the assistance of this site. Any way,

    I need to buy a new USB drive because the cheap one I have would not work with the windows 7 usb/dvd download tool. I was wondering if I could just buy an External HDD instead of buying a USB drive? If so would it be a lot faster also? I might be trying to use this HDD for my PS3, recovery, system repairs, maybe even back ups, and saving pictures and documents. Would this all be possible from one external HDD? What about maybe even a external SSD? if so would it be worth it to use a SSD? would it be that much faster?

    I know some of these answers would be opinions but that is why I would like to have a professionals opinion. I need to buy this by tomorrow afternoon to. So a quick answer would be great if possible.
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  4. #153


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    How can I get the 100MB recovery partition?


    Hi

    I got it, though I also needed to use Easybcd to be able to boot from the external disk.

    But I have a question:
    The way you explain we install Windows to a primary partition.
    But we don't get the 100MB boot/recovery partition (that is automatically created when you install windows on a internal blank disk, and it's usually hidden).
    How can I get that "recovery" partition created?
    I cannot find the option with easeus, diskpart, nor other applications I've tried.
    Nor can I get it created whit imagex, bcdboot or after rebooting.



    regards
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  5. #154


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I'd modify your tutorial so you can select whether to create a 32 bit or 64 bit system-- you don't actually have to "Install" Windows either.

    After mounting the WAIK ISO use 7_Zip to open NEUTRAL_CAB and extract the F1_IMAGE for a 32 bit system or the F3_IMAGE for a 64 bit system. Rename the appropriate version to IMAGEX.EXE

    (The F2 version is the rare ia-64 thing -- I doubt whether anybody has one of those CPU's).

    Simply now mount the W8 iso (not the WAIK) and copy the \SOURCES\INSTALL.WIM file to the same directory as your created IMAGEX.EXE file.

    assume target drive is E:

    Create the W8 image C:\imagex_directory > IMAGEX.EXE /APPLY INSTALL.WIM 1 E:\ might take 35 mins or so.

    now create the boot files

    C:> BCDBOOT.EXE E:\WINDOWS /S E: /F ALL

    Now it should boot just fine.

    You shouldn't need EasyBCD to create the boot files -- use the BCDboot command from the W8 target system created or from a running W8 system.

    BTW my system runs just great on an SSD -- I've also installed VMware workstation and run a W7 and an XP virtual machine on it !! performance is fine especially if using a USB3 slot -- USB2 is also fine on an SSD -- even on a standard external USB HDD it's not too bad at all -- even running a VM.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #155


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    Windows 8 Enterprise

    Window to go


    I am currently using "windows 8 enterprise", i want to know that if i use "window to go" on my external HDD (500 GB), is my HDD will be completely formatted?
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  7. #156


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Naghmash, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, the external HDD will be completely formatted during the process of having it used for Windows To Go.
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  8. #157


    I've got Windows 7 32-bit to work on an USB 2.0 8GB flash drive, but damn, it's so slow!
    Boot: 6-7 mins
    Welcome screen: 3-4 mins
    opening my computer: 50 seconds
    and then BSOD, lol.
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  9. #158


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    I've got Windows 7 32-bit to work on an USB 2.0 8GB flash drive, but damn, it's so slow!
    Boot: 6-7 mins
    Welcome screen: 3-4 mins
    opening my computer: 50 seconds
    and then BSOD, lol.
    Hi there
    Does the Windows 7 system REALLY boot and run from the USB or do you need some type of boot manager on the Host machine. Windows 8 to go runs entirely from the external device - even if there's no HDD at all in the main computer.

    Incidentally how did you get windows 7 to boot and run from the USB - I'm sure people would be interested in that as a lot of people can't get W8 enterprise to make W8 to go.

    Flash drives are usually too slow for this purpose -- however a USB external HDD drive should give acceptable performance. If you are using large external USB drives you can create partitions on it too -- create a small Windows OS one using DISKPART and have the rest of the drive for data space.

    BTW if you use an SSD for the windows to go system it should perform just fine even when connected to the computer via a SATA==>USB2 adapter and a USB2 slot.

    (If you have any USB3 slots on your machine you can often improve the speed of USB2 devices by plugging them into a USB3 slot - the faster bus speed will transfer data faster even though reading data off the device will still be at USB2 speed - the cache in the device will overlap your slow read speeds with faster data transfer. - Note though a lot of machines won't recognize the USB3 port until after boot so your windows to go might not boot if connected to a USB3 slot).

    There are posts around the net explaining how to get a W7 system to run from a USB device - however this usually means using the NATIVE boot loader on the HOST machine to attach a W7 VHD (not a Virtual machine BTW) and then boot from the attached USB VHD drive. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS A WINDOWS TO GO SYSTEM.

    A Windows to go system boots and runs ENTIRELY from the USB device whether or not there's anything in the Host system at all.

    Remember also when creating a Windows to go system you can do it "manually" - you don't have to use "Certified devices".

    Creating a Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive » ADMIN Magazine

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #159


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    I've got Windows 7 32-bit to work on an USB 2.0 8GB flash drive, but damn, it's so slow!
    Boot: 6-7 mins
    Welcome screen: 3-4 mins
    opening my computer: 50 seconds
    and then BSOD, lol.
    Hi there
    Does the Windows 7 system REALLY boot and run from the USB or do you need some type of boot manager on the Host machine. Windows 8 to go runs entirely from the external device - even if there's no HDD at all in the main computer.

    Incidentally how did you get windows 7 to boot and run from the USB - I'm sure people would be interested in that as a lot of people can't get W8 enterprise to make W8 to go.

    Flash drives are usually too slow for this purpose -- however a USB external HDD drive should give acceptable performance. If you are using large external USB drives you can create partitions on it too -- create a small Windows OS one using DISKPART and have the rest of the drive for data space.

    BTW if you use an SSD for the windows to go system it should perform just fine even when connected to the computer via a SATA==>USB2 adapter and a USB2 slot.

    (If you have any USB3 slots on your machine you can often improve the speed of USB2 devices by plugging them into a USB3 slot - the faster bus speed will transfer data faster even though reading data off the device will still be at USB2 speed - the cache in the device will overlap your slow read speeds with faster data transfer. - Note though a lot of machines won't recognize the USB3 port until after boot so your windows to go might not boot if connected to a USB3 slot).

    There are posts around the net explaining how to get a W7 system to run from a USB device - however this usually means using the NATIVE boot loader on the HOST machine to attach a W7 VHD (not a Virtual machine BTW) and then boot from the attached USB VHD drive. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS A WINDOWS TO GO SYSTEM.

    A Windows to go system boots and runs ENTIRELY from the USB device whether or not there's anything in the Host system at all.

    Remember also when creating a Windows to go system you can do it "manually" - you don't have to use "Certified devices".

    Creating a Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive » ADMIN Magazine

    Cheers
    jimbo
    No, i don't need any boot manager on the computer, just do the /bootsect /nt60 [Drive] trick worked, and also the /bcdboot something, although you need another Windows PC to do the job.

    Yes, the Windows did booted up but with missing drivers, and i don't have any x86 drivers ready, so... Wi-Fi barely works, Ethernet didn't work, Display is on 800x600, no sound, etc.

    Basically i just do the steps from the tutorial, but instead of using Windows 8 install.wim, i use Windows 7 install.wim file. And it runs on USB 2.0 (i don't have any USB 3.0 ports).

    I tested it on my laptop, but i already reformatted the USB disk, because it is so..slow...
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