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

  1. #200


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    On pretty much a whim I once again rebuilt the SanDisk Extreme using the VHD and PWBoot. Now it boots happily on every PC I tried it on (Dell D2400, Dell XPS420, Shuttle SH67H3, various gigabyte mobo builds GA-H81M-DS2V, GA-G41M-ES2H, an ASRock 970 Extreme3 box, etc.) My oldest PC an HP a720n errors out on boot but that was the only failure so far.

    I think my SanDisk Extreme is somehow on the ragged edge of what Win8.1 enterprise can boot with. I did order another SanDisk Extreme to see if I can find another that works reliably and with native boot as my first one did before I broke it. I stuck with the SanDisk Extreme based upon some of the performance reviews I've read (Tom's Hardware, etc).

    I haven't been able to successfully run windows update yet with this configuration so it may still have issues. I still see it as an interim solution until I can get a pure Win8.1 enterprise W8TG up and running again. Since I'm using Win8.1 Enterprise I'll also try to build the USB using the built in W8TG builder.

    So much to try. So little time. ;-)

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  2. #201


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Roe5685 View Post
    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?
    This sort of worked with a ten preview ISO.. You don't need two flash drives - just unzip the ISO to get at the wim. Prepare your USB with dispart and then

    dism /Apply-Image /imagefile:C:\Users\adam\Desktop\install.wim /index:1 /ApplyDir:F:\

    bcdboot.exe F:\Windows /s F: /f ALL

    It boots OK (on a mac) but I only had USB2 thumb drive and after a couple of hours "setting up" I gave up - it seemed too slow. Will try with USB HDD instead. Certainly though the DISM works for the copy.
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  3. #202


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Best is to use a USB3 attached SSD or a flash drive like this one.

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  4. #203


    Posts : 3
    Win 8


    Hi,
    yesterday i installed Windows to Go Pro Version on my 1TB WD Ultra External USB Drive through AOMEI Partition Assistant Wizard and it installed fine.
    Now i can boot fine into my Inspiron 1560 , however when i try to boot into HP Probook 4530s or Elitebook 8460p it says "Disk Read Error, Please Ctrl + Alt + Del to Restart"

    Can anybody guide what am i doing wrong ? i am using only 1 partition of 1TB Size to install windows and also will be using it to hold my other files.
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  5. #204


    Posts : 241
    Windows 8.1x64 Pro

    Windows to Go in a removable USB3 flash drive


    If I folllow this method to create a Windows to Go USB flash drive, can I use one that Windows sees as "removable" instead of "fixed"? The original Windows 8 Enterprise requirement is a "fixed" drive for WIndows to Go
    Also, will that method create a Windows to Go flash drive as is done with the WIndows to Go feature included in the Enterprise edition?
    Thanks
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  6. #205


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I have no idea how the Enterprise edition works. But with this method I have created a portable Windows 8 on a flash drive. You need a very fast flash drive or a SSD for it to work conveniently. If the access time is short (under 0.5ms) then it will even work on USB2. Only the booting is a bit longer.
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  7. #206


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
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  8. #207


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    This is probably an easier method. There is this tutorial by Shawn:

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  9. #208


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    NaH..

    I use Diskpart, DISM and Bcdedit.. (just like you)
    All windows programs, just a pain to explain..

    so the > do it all for you < programs work better..

    I forgot Rufus does it now too..
    https://rufus.akeo.ie/
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  10. #209


    Posts : 241
    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    Hi guys, thanks for your replies. This is what I need to know: in Windows 8 Enterprise, if you want to create a Windows to Go USB flash drive, the requirement is that the flash drive must be seen as "fixed" and not "removable" by Windows, that's why only certain USB flash drives are compatible. So my question is, for the "Windows 8 to Go" procedure outlined in this tutorial, can I use ANY USB3 flash drive? Or I can use only "fixed" USB3 flash drives? Thanks
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