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

  1. #180


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    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.
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    It doesn't see my WTG USB hard drive, even if I assign it drive letters.

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  2. #181


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Aomei Backupper will image flash drives. I am doing it right now.

    New free version here:FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012
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  3. #182


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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?
    Not sure. I once went from thumb drive to SSD but never in the other direction. But it might because it is essentially a bare metal copy.
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  4. #183


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm on a new track so to speak. The WTG flash drive has to show up as fixed not removable. I'm looking at some utilities that will make them look like a fixed disk to windows. I have some domestic duties to attend to so it will be a while before I get to try this out. I will also look at the other utilities posted thanks guys.
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  5. #184


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Aomei Backupper will image flash drives. I am doing it right now.

    New free version here:FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012
    Ok, I've been playing around with this a bit. If I boot from my WTG drive it will see the two partitions, System Reserved and the OS partition. I tried a clone disk first. I could boot from the thumb drive but got a Something happened : ( BSOD. Looking at the thumb drive there was only one partition on it. I started over and did a clone partition. I did the system reserved first then the OS partition. It wouldn't boot at all. Looking at it in Disk Management I keep getting an error on the second partition, it keep prompting me to refresh disk management. There was no description for partition 2 either. I had to use disk part to remove all the partitions. Aomei was also throwing up a failed to assign a disk letter to the drive error right at the end of the clone. I think I'm going to give the one WHS posted a second try. This time I'll boot from the WTG drive. I'll likely give Aomei one more go too. Fooling Windows into thinking it a fixed disk looks to be a little more involved than I thought so that's on the back burner for now.
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  6. #185


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ alphanumeric:
    I'm trying this right now, is this the software you have?:

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  7. #186


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    @ alphanumeric:
    I'm trying this right now, is this the software you have?:

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    No mine is the backup manager, it doesn't look anything like that. I'll check it out though. My only concern is will the WTG created with a utility like that be legit and work like my official version created in Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I don't want to have activation issues down the road is all. That's why I've been trying clone my current install to my thumb drive.
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  8. #187


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, just tried the Windows To Go Creator option in the Aomei Partition Assist Standard Edition. It see's my USB thumb drive and list's it as an option in the "Select a USB Device" drop down menu. When I select it and click Proceed it prompts with a "Please plug a USB drive to your computer first then click refresh". Did that too but always get the same pop up to plug in a USB drive. I think at this point I'm going to put this on the back burner for a while. I suffer from chronic back and neck pain and just had a major flair up. My pain meds make it hard to concentrate some times so I'll go at this again when I'm feeling better. I'll post back if I do manage to get this to work.
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  9. #188


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    win 7 ultimate


    Forgive me for a fundamental lack of understanding but how do i create the windows iso image?
    It seems to be implied that you are supposed to click on imagex in amd64 but that does not work for me.
    I am using 8.1 windows pro.
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  10. #189


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Roe5685 View Post
    Forgive me for a fundamental lack of understanding but how do i create the windows iso image?
    It seems to be implied that you are supposed to click on imagex in amd64 but that does not work for me.
    I am using 8.1 windows pro.
    You buy a Windows license and an installation CD (or a download). Then you have the iso.

    Note that this tutorial was written during the time of the Windows 8 Beta where you did not need a seperate license key. But now you do need a seperate key if you want to use this approach.
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