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

  1. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    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
    Understand what you are saying. But most people (like me) will probably make that installation on a Windows 7 system. But I will add it as an option. I will use your verse - OK?

    Update: Just wanted to put the verse into the tut and saw that it was already in. I think Shawn put it in. Thank you Shawn.

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  2. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    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
    Understand what you are saying. But most people (like me) will probably make that installation on a Windows 7 system. But I will add it as an option. I will use your verse - OK?
    Hi there
    Fine.

    Great tutorial -- much easier to follow than all the Video stuff -- with this type of tutorial you can go back and re-read what you might not have understood properly the first time - or google and search extra info while reading the tutorial.

    I HATE the modern tendency to put everything as a Video on YouTube -- you have to absorb info at the Video's pace and it's difficult to pause and go back to points you can't grasp the first time through.

    Video has its place but people seem to be OBSESSED with it -- and it's not the most efficient medium of teaching students either unless it's broken down into chunks with Feedback from the student.
    Good luck

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #22


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    Yeah, I am a culprit myself. I like to make video tuts. For one they are a lot less work than the written tutorials and also there are subjects that lend themselves better to video than to text.

    Right now I make a whole series of tutorial about Windows 8 for the people of my computer club. I think a new system like /8 is better presented in videos than in writing.
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  4. #23


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    Just for fun I made another 'to go' installation. This time on a fast 7200RPM HDD attached via eSata. Boy is this thing fast. If you have an eSata connection and a spare disk, you should try it.

    As usual I did the whole installation on my Windows7 system. But the very last step (copying the bootmgr), I did on my Windows8 that runs in Virtual Box. You can, of course, do the whole procedure in Windows8.
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  5. #24


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    Windows 8 Release Preview Build 8400


    Does this work to install windows 8 onto an SSD via USB stick or only if you want to boot from USB?
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  6. #25


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    Hello MrAustinFTW,

    This is to boot from and run Windows 8 from the USB flash drive instead. It does not install Windows 8 from the USB. For that, you would want to see the tutorial below if you like.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...eview-iso.html

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAustinFTW View Post
    Does this work to install windows 8 onto an SSD via USB stick or only if you want to boot from USB?
    Not sure what your question is. If

    1. Your SSD is in an external exclosure (USB3 or eSata attached) and you want to run it from there, then you use the same procedure as described for the HDD (section B)

    2. But if you just want to move the .iso to a USB stick because e.g. you have no CD/DVD reader, do this.

    2.1. Mount your .iso with Virtual Clone Drive - that is very easy. See Step3 of the above tutorial.

    2.2. Format your stick with these cmd commands

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk n
    (insert the number shown for the USB stick)
    clean
    create partition primary
    active
    format fs=ntfs quick
    exit


    2.3. Move the .iso to the stick. d: is the address of your clone drive, e: is the address of your stick. If you have different addresses, modify the command accordingly. The command is:

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\
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  8. #27


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    i follow the instructions to the "t" with an AData 16GB S102 USB3.0 stick and 32-bit Windows 8 CP. I tried using the BCDBOOT from Windows 7 and the BCDBOOT from the Windows 8 installation on the USB stick.. When I boot from the USB stick, I get an eventual error UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.

    what can i do??! I see the fish and the spinning wheel for a few minutes but then it crashes to either of those two messages.
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  9. #28


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    The only thing I can imagine is that you mixed 32bit and 64bit. There were problems with the 32bit CP version. I suggest you retry with the 64bit CP and install the bootfiles from Windows 8 with this command:
    bcdboot F:\windows /s F: /f ALL
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  10. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The only thing I can imagine is that you mixed 32bit and 64bit. There were problems with the 32bit CP version. I suggest you retry with the 64bit CP and install the bootfiles from Windows 8 with this command:
    bcdboot F:\windows /s F: /f ALL
    i'm positive i used all 32-bit components. i wish i could try the 64-bit version, but my current windows 7 OS is 32-bit (eventhough my laptop has a 64-bit proc!) so I don't think I can execute those commands.

    grrr!! maybe it's the flash drive i'm using?
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