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

  1. #190


    Posts : 11
    win 7 ultimate

    more on Windows 8 to go A Summary of Attempts to Date.


    Thank you for your most informative input on "Win 8 To Go" using Win 8.1 Pro.

    It would seem the situation is that:
    1.) There is no windows 8 Iso as the first entry suggests & that iso's don't go with Win 8 to go.
    2. Rather there is the Wim file which is sort of like an Iso. The first entry used a tiny one made by others.
    3.) I am looking to use a large one to have a reasonably sized Win 8.1 Drive on my stick. You have to create the large wim file yourself.
    3.) In looking at the various posts to date I see that:
    One idea to create a large Wim file is: use GImageX - AutoItScript which produces a large wim file. I tried to create a C: drive Wim but no success. I then tried the example which was c:\program files. This worked but then I could NOT pass the next job which was to add the boot files.
    Maybe you and others here could work out a method?
    4.) I then looked at another idea which gets you the new darling exe "DISM" file by a very clever trick. The Dism exe creates and loads up for you the proper large Wim file. Perhaps others can perfect this method. Apparently you need two flash drives. I did not try it. See DISM.exe Replaces ImageX.exe - My Thoughts On IT?
    5.) I have decided to bite the bullet and use the ADK. It involves a lot of disk space and downloading. I will advise the method if successful. See to get started: WinPE: Create USB Bootable drive

    Thanks again for getting me on the correct paths.

    Roe5685

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  2. #191


    Posts : 11
    win 7 ultimate


    Further info on using this tread to make a windows to go flash drive.

    I tried the traditional method outlined by the first person i.e. the presenter.

    everything went fine until the last step. here the creating the image on the flash drive failed in the first few seconds as follows:

    after saying at the command line "Applying Progress" it said Error and Error restoring image and Access is denied.
    It hung up on \Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.BingFinance_2013 etc etc a Directory.
    The parent director \WindowsApps is a hidden directory and I cannot change the attributes.

    Perhaps there is a method of creating a script file so the program making the flash drive can ignore these files?

    Please help me on this.

    Roe5685
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  3. #192


    Posts : 1
    windows


    I can't get this to boot for the life of me:

    Patriot Xpress 128GB USB 3.0 drive (around 120mb/second speed, pretty quick).
    I follow the process to a T. Pulled wim file from Windows 8.1 Pro ISO, formatted drive with NTFS, copied over imagex from the cab file, copied the Windows 8 files to the USB drive and then successfully copied the boot files to the flash drive using bcd.

    I did this all from Windows 7 Home Premium 64. The drive works fine but when I try to boot from USB, I get the blue Windows logo and infinite spinning wheel. 40 minutes and the light on the flash drive doesn't even blink once. Plain and simple, it's not accessing the drive or doing ANYTHING. It's NOT my USB speed. The drive is fast. It's not my installation steps, I followed them precisely. For some reason, it's just not booting passed the splash screen.

    And it seems like the person who wrote this tutorial and everyone who does this, doesn't seem to test their USB stick on a variety of machines. The machine I tried it on is a Precision M3800. So I guess I have to try a different method to get it going because I don't think this method works for Dell computers. And yes I set it to boot from USB, hence me getting to the Windows 8 splash screen. And no Linux is not a good option for me. I need native Windows 8 with hardware support. I tried this method and the method that uses WinToUSB and they both get me to the same step, basically it won't boot.
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  4. #193


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am really sorry that you could not get it to work but I have no clue why your installation failed.

    I ran my systems on a Dell XPS 8300 and a Dell Inspiron 530 without any problems.
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  5. #194


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    (Repeat from How-to-Geek forum)

    Wow. Works real well. I downloaded the 90 day trial Windows 8.1 Enterprise 32bit and put it onto a SanDisk Extreme 32GB USB3 (22 of 30GB free). It booted up quickly (as quick as a hard disk at least) on an i3-4150+Gigabyte 1150 H81 DDR3 Mobo+8GB ram. I then shut it down and moved the stick directly over to an old Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. It then booted up as quick as it had booted XP but into Win 8.1 with reasonable working drivers for the old hardware.
    This is a great tool for being able to fix/work on PCs with a full OS (e.g., malware removal, hardware checking, cloning/replacing disks, etc.).
    Win 8.1 is now almost as flexible as DOS was!

    Seriously, this is great. Thanks!
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Dec 2014 at 21:18. Reason: removed broken image
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  6. #195


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah right. This is a lot of fun. I will do one again when we get the Windows 9 trials.
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  7. #196


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    As I posted earlier the USB to Go worked great on various hardware and on my first UTG build of the flash drive. I then proceeded to break my flash drive (left it on a PC as I moved it) and so ordered the exact same flash drive a SanDisk Extreme 32GB to replace it.

    Long story short, the new usb flash drive with UTG won't boot. Goes into the boot up circle of death ;-) on every PC I tried. Rebuilt it multiple times. Used both imagex and DISM. Formatted the entire drive (as opposed to quick format). Nothing. In all other ways the flash drive works just fine. Maybe there is something to "Certified for Windows USB On The Go".

    I'm tempted to purchase another duplicate flash drive. But I've spent so much time trying to get this one working that I don't think I could stomach another that doesn't work.

    <sigh>
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  8. #197


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    That's too bad. Unfortunately I have no clue what could have happened. Maybe you want to try this one instead. It's a lot of fun.
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  9. #198


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I made one more try to get my replacement SanDisk Extreme 32GB to work booting Windows 8.1 Enterprise W8TG. I used the PWBoot program at reboot.pro. I had two options, native boot or vhd boot. I did the native boot and it again went into the boot up circle of death (CoD) just like W8TG configured as described in this thread did. (My original SanDisk Extreme did W8TG just fine until I accidentally broke the physical USB drive.)

    I then tried vhd. Darn if it didn't boot right up. I'm not sure what I got with PWBoot is the same as pure W8TG but everything so far appears to work, almost. This version wouldn't boot my old Dell Inspiron laptop like my once working W8TG did -- it just did the CoD. So not a perfect solution but an acceptable interim solution until I get pure OTG working again.

    CAUTION: When I tried to download pwboot using Chrome, Chrome objected and blocked the download. I then downloaded it with Explorer and ran it through a couple of virus checkers (SAS, Defender) with no complaints.
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  10. #199


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah, Chrome is iffy if the programs you try to download do not have the right credentials. Happened to me earlier with a pretty standard download from Bleeping Computers.
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