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

  1. #10


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello IownAmoneyPit,

    It's because your user name has a space in it. Placing that path in the command within quotes like below should work.

    "C:\Users\I Ownam\Desktop\imagex.exe" /apply H:\sources\install.wim 1 G:\
    Thanks Brink somehow I overlooked the quotation marks even though they were there all along, tried just about every other variation though and knew I had made a simple mistake.

    Only 1 more command and I'm good to go on windows 8 USB style.

    EDIT: A big thanks whs I am now up and running on an 16 GB USB 2.0 stick {painfully slowww install & start-up) It kept looping at the login screen even after a couple of restarts but I am posting this from the USB. Also been reading your other thread "Windows 8 to go - on a USB stick" which explains why windows update or activation not working. Too chicken to try the workaround.
    Could you run your 16GB stick thru Atto. I would be interested to know how fast it is. How does it compare to my slow USB2 stick and my fast USB3 stick shown in the tutorial.

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  2. #11


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello IownAmoneyPit,

    It's because your user name has a space in it. Placing that path in the command within quotes like below should work.

    "C:\Users\I Ownam\Desktop\imagex.exe" /apply H:\sources\install.wim 1 G:\
    Thanks Brink somehow I overlooked the quotation marks even though they were there all along, tried just about every other variation though and knew I had made a simple mistake.
    You're welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got it.
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  3. #12


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    Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro/Windows 10 TP


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post

    Could you run your 16GB stick thru Atto. I would be interested to know how fast it is. How does it compare to my slow USB2 stick and my fast USB3 stick shown in the tutorial.
    whs the USB stick I am using is an Verbatim 16GB Store 'n' Go® USB 2.0 Drive.

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    Test 1


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    Test 2
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  4. #13


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Thanks for posting the measurements. That is better than my USB2 stick but still not a barnstormer. I can imagine that the OS setup was slow. My USB2 was painfully slow, but the USB3 stick is actually faster than the HDD I used for comparison.
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  5. #14


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


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Thanks for posting the measurements. That is better than my USB2 stick but still not a barnstormer. I can imagine that the OS setup was slow. My USB2 was painfully slow, but the USB3 stick is actually faster than the HDD I used for comparison.
    Hi there
    I did mine with one or two decent LAPTOP HDD's that I'd removed from laptops that I'd replaced with SSD's.

    Most of the decent 320 / 500 GB laptop drives are self powered and have a lot of better performance than the standard usb external 5400 GB "Clonkers".

    The Samsung 320 GB laptop drive I'm using is fast enough also to load a W2K3 VM from HYPER-5 and have 3 or 4 people logged on to it !!!.

    The Host is a decent size of course so not much I/O on the VM.

    What would be the best IMO is an SSD with a USB3 interface and a large internal cache.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #15


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Jimbo what we need is more case like the Antec DF series, with 2.5" hot swap bay , but don't leave it unattended, lol ( they have to work on a lock mechanism )

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  7. #16


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    What would be the best IMO is an SSD with a USB3 interface and a large internal cache
    eSata may be even better than USB3
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  8. #17


    California
    Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & WCP x64


    This worked quite well on an e-sata for me-thank you.
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  9. #18


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


    Hi there

    Great Tutorial -- but can you alter one little piece in it.

    W8 can mount an .ISO file directly via Windows explorer -- either just double click on it or right mouse (context ==> mount).
    No need for Virtual drive software. Saves using Daemon tools or other 3rd party stuff for this.

    When you've finished with the device just use the Standard EJECT (right mouse (context ==>eject).

    (I assume you are running this from a W8 OS. If you are using W7 and running the bcdboot command to create the W8 boot from a "mounted" W8 install disk then you still need the Virtual mounter -- but it's much easier to create the Win to go from within a running W8 system).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #19


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


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Jimbo what we need is more case like the Antec DF series, with 2.5" hot swap bay , but don't leave it unattended, lol ( they have to work on a lock mechanism )

    Hi there
    looks good -- but probably a Bio hazard and a Radiation label attached would probably keep most prying fingers away !!!.

    (Or even A "Bulgarian Umbrella tip" )

    The Notorious Umbrella Assassination of Georgi Markov: The "Bulgarian Umbrella"

    Cheers
    jimbo
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