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

  1. #170


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Jahidul Islam View Post
    Hello Admin, I also done all the procedures from 1 t 5 steps but I was unable to do that..the error of cmd is given below. I used path
    C:\Users\Jahirul Islam\Desktop\imagex.exe" /apply N:\sources\install.wim 1 L:\

    I notice that after mount the KB3AIK_EN.ISO file there is no source file that would be the problem.
    The KB3AIK_EN.ISO is the Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7.
    Download The Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 from Official Microsoft Download Centre

    Not a Windows 8 ISO.

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  2. #171


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Awesome guide thank you.

    When running the command (through command prompt with admin rights) for installing Windows 8.1 pro onto the stick i'm receiving a 'access denied' on a particular file

    Name:  screeny.jpg
Views: 590
Size:  44.1 KB

    Has anyone else seen this error?
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  3. #172


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Being a Microsoft MVP I have access to MSDN and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I have made a Windows To Go on an external USB connected hard rive. What I want to do is transfer it to a USB 3 thumb drive. The Windows To Go utility in the control panel will not use the drive as it isn't a Windows To Go certified drive. It's a Kingston HyperX 64 GB USB 3.0 drive. Why its so picky about USB drives I don't know. The hard drive it did except is an old 5400 RPM laptop drive. Go figure. What I would like to do is clone my legal official WTG setup from the external hard drive to the USB thumb drive. I tried the free Macrium Reflect but it won't clone to a removable USB drive. The external hard drive shows up but the thumb drive doesn't. If anybody knows how to get Windows To Go to use a non certified drive or an easy way to clone my setup to the thumb drive let me know, Thanks
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  4. #173


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    Windows 7 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Being a Microsoft MVP I have access to MSDN and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I have made a Windows To Go on an external USB connected hard rive. What I want to do is transfer it to a USB 3 thumb drive. The Windows To Go utility in the control panel will not use the drive as it isn't a Windows To Go certified drive. It's a Kingston HyperX 64 GB USB 3.0 drive. Why its so picky about USB drives I don't know. The hard drive it did except is an old 5400 RPM laptop drive. Go figure. What I would like to do is clone my legal official WTG setup from the external hard drive to the USB thumb drive. I tried the free Macrium Reflect but it won't clone to a removable USB drive. The external hard drive shows up but the thumb drive doesn't. If anybody knows how to get Windows To Go to use a non certified drive or an easy way to clone my setup to the thumb drive let me know, Thanks
    There are many of workarounds online but, honestly it's not worth the effort as you can only use it on one machine & it may very well break the installation if you make too different of hardware changes. Then you'll have to start all over again. To be perfectly blunt, I wouldn't bother with WTG at all as it isn't an actual all around solution. However, if this limitation does not bother you, let us know.
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  5. #174


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Right, Macrium does not deal with flash drives. They confirmed that to me in an email. Someone said that Acronis would image flash drives (and I guess restore them), But I have never explored that.

    I use this tool ti image and restore flash drives.
    alex's coding playground
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  6. #175


    Posts : 83
    Windows 7 64-bit


    I would try Acronis, EaseUS, MiniTool, etc. Let us know what you find.
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  7. #176


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


    Hi there

    A much more USEABLE system is to use a bootable Linux system with VMware player installed on it --then have a Windows virtual machine running on the Linux system. People including myself and whs have made several posts on how to do this.

    The Windows VM is likely to work on a LARGE number of different laptops too without activation since the VM relies essentially on hardware defined in the "Virtual Bios" - which is relatively the same on pretty well any laptop you care to name.

    In a rare number of cases you *might* get asked to re-activate Windows but not normally.

    Note though your INITIAL VM will need a Windows valid licence - either as a separate retail copy or by a LEGITIMATE move from one machine to another.

    You don't need W8 Enterprise to do this either -- W8/ W8.1 / VISTA/ W7 / XP / or even W2003 server will all work. The whole kybosh boots and runs entirely from the external device.

    For decent performance use either an SSD (even connected to a standard USB2 device via SATA==>USB2 adapter or a USB3 stick / USB3 HDD connected to a USB 3 port.

    If using Linux then it's easy to image the flash drive -- simply use dd

    dd if=/dev/inputdevice of=/dev/outputdevice there are some optional parameters but that's basically it -- will copy the partition exactly so long as the output device is the same size or larger.

    You can use gparted to shift / re-size partitions if you need to.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #177


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Casey Stellar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Being a Microsoft MVP I have access to MSDN and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I have made a Windows To Go on an external USB connected hard rive. What I want to do is transfer it to a USB 3 thumb drive. The Windows To Go utility in the control panel will not use the drive as it isn't a Windows To Go certified drive. It's a Kingston HyperX 64 GB USB 3.0 drive. Why its so picky about USB drives I don't know. The hard drive it did except is an old 5400 RPM laptop drive. Go figure. What I would like to do is clone my legal official WTG setup from the external hard drive to the USB thumb drive. I tried the free Macrium Reflect but it won't clone to a removable USB drive. The external hard drive shows up but the thumb drive doesn't. If anybody knows how to get Windows To Go to use a non certified drive or an easy way to clone my setup to the thumb drive let me know, Thanks
    There are many of workarounds online but, honestly it's not worth the effort as you can only use it on one machine & it may very well break the installation if you make too different of hardware changes. Then you'll have to start all over again. To be perfectly blunt, I wouldn't bother with WTG at all as it isn't an actual all around solution. However, if this limitation does not bother you, let us know.
    Mine is a Real WTG created from Windows 8.1 Enterprise. It doesn't suffer from the limitations of the home built versions. It's meant to be used on multiple PC's.
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  9. #178


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Right, Macrium does not deal with flash drives. They confirmed that to me in an email. Someone said that Acronis would image flash drives (and I guess restore them), But I have never explored that.

    I use this tool ti image and restore flash drives.
    alex's coding playground
    Will that let me transfer the install that's on the USB hard drive to the USB thumb drive?
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  10. #179


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    A much more USEABLE system is to use a bootable Linux system with VMware player installed on it --then have a Windows virtual machine running on the Linux system. People including myself and whs have made several posts on how to do this.

    The Windows VM is likely to work on a LARGE number of different laptops too without activation since the VM relies essentially on hardware defined in the "Virtual Bios" - which is relatively the same on pretty well any laptop you care to name.

    In a rare number of cases you *might* get asked to re-activate Windows but not normally.

    Note though your INITIAL VM will need a Windows valid licence - either as a separate retail copy or by a LEGITIMATE move from one machine to another.

    You don't need W8 Enterprise to do this either -- W8/ W8.1 / VISTA/ W7 / XP / or even W2003 server will all work. The whole kybosh boots and runs entirely from the external device.

    For decent performance use either an SSD (even connected to a standard USB2 device via SATA==>USB2 adapter or a USB3 stick / USB3 HDD connected to a USB 3 port.

    If using Linux then it's easy to image the flash drive -- simply use dd

    dd if=/dev/inputdevice of=/dev/outputdevice there are some optional parameters but that's basically it -- will copy the partition exactly so long as the output device is the same size or larger.

    You can use gparted to shift / re-size partitions if you need to.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    No disrespect intended but I'm not really interested in playing around with Linux at this point. I'd just like to transfer my official legal WTG from my external hard drive to my USB thumb drive. Thanks anyway though.
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