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

  1. #40


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Some notes:

    VMware on Windows 64bit still uses some (most of them) 32bit services/applications (for now - mid 2012), while on Linux VMware Player and Workstation are pure 64bit.

    On Windows you have to reboot the computer after the install of Player / Workstation and on Linux not (it just installs in a few seconds and is ready for use!)

    I use VMware Player on Ubuntu / Lubuntu (64bit) as the virtualisation product of choice.
    So VirtualBox is not alone here after all

    The Linux installers are files with the "bundle" extention and install just like in Windows With the UI

    Virtualbox on Windows (is pure 64bit) and seems to be more snappier on my Windows 64bit. But it's true that you have to click more to do the same stuff like in VMware, I agree with jimbo on this one.

    Use what works best for you either be it VMware or VirtualBox.

    Cheers
    Hopachi

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  2. #41


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    Here I've run other OSs as well as different versions of Windows on a flash drive. With the 7 RC that saw Portable VBox while ubuntu, Knoppix(unpacked or written to no install option), Puppy, Linux Mint, and one that never needs a newer version Linux Mint Debian.

    The one thing to note about those installs however is that the ubuntu and LM, LMD installs go to a second root partition while the bulk of the flash drive is NFTS for data recovery. I typically carry two flash drives one small 2gb FD with GParted and the other a 32b with one of the distros in a belt holder to keep onhand. Now I have to find a 3 FD holder to carry the 8 CP as well.
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  3. #42


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    Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    I followed this guide to the letter, yet it keeps coming up operating system not found when I boot from USB external HDD?
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  4. #43


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Have a look at the partition to which you installed on the external HDD. Is that partition 'active'.
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  5. #44


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Have a look at the partition to which you installed on the external HDD. Is that partition 'active'.
    Yup it is marked as "Active, Primary"
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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    Is it on the first primary or other? The install to a 32gb flash drive went well for the CP. I'm just wondering if this will work the same for the RP as well.
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  7. #46


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    Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Is it on the first primary or other? The install to a 32gb flash drive went well for the CP. I'm just wondering if this will work the same for the RP as well.
    I installed to primary. I decided to wipe my external and make a single partition to make sure. It is bootable, if I plug it in and make a BCD option in Windows 7 so I can choose and OS, but it won't find and OS if I try to directly boot from the drive via bios options. Does not make any sense!
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  8. #47


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Risco View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Have a look at the partition to which you installed on the external HDD. Is that partition 'active'.
    Yup it is marked as "Active, Primary"
    The only other thing I can think of is that there is a problem with the bootmgr. Run this command again from a Windows 8 system: bcdboot F:\windows /s F: /f ALL
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  9. #48


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Risco View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Have a look at the partition to which you installed on the external HDD. Is that partition 'active'.
    Yup it is marked as "Active, Primary"
    The only other thing I can think of is that there is a problem with the bootmgr. Run this command again from a Windows 8 system: bcdboot F:\windows /s F: /f ALL
    Yup tried that as well, I cant understand it. Must be the POS bios that Dell keep shipping.
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  10. #49


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    So is that it? I can't do anything else to try and resolve?
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