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

  1. #60


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Is my understanding correct, that Windows To Go is ONLY going to be available in the Enterprise version of Windows 8 when released? Thus, the consumer market won't have any access to any of this stuff?
    That is what I understand too. But in the meantime it is fun.

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  2. #61


    I just wanted to mention it here, so that people who spend a lot of time trying to get this working aren't disappointed when its no longer available when this product actually releases.
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  3. #62


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    I don't know how the Enterprise EULA regarding Windows to Go will be worded, but there will probably be a limit on the numbers of WTG installations for a single license.

    If not, it would be rather a spoiler for Microsoft if someone built a Windows To Go .VHD which could run on anything, and released it as a torrent.

    However, the experience I have had where WTG can be installed on removable media and be immune to Windows Updates, could lead to a lot of these little devices on the streets, immune to online revocation of their licenses.

    Anyway, we may still be able to play with it in Windows Embedded Standard 8
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    One of the main reasons you wouldn't find that option for other then the Enterprise edition is that each portable would fall under one volume license as compared to the single user license the average user sees. The only other option would fall under the family value pack if 8 sees that like 7 did. 3 pcs on one license.
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  5. #64


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    I have a question for the audience, has someone used a USB 3.0 flash drive on a USB 2.0 port? And if so, is that acceptably fast?
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  6. #65


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    If you use a USB2 port, you get a USB2 speed. I have tested that - it is a LOT slower.
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  7. #66


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have a question for the audience, has someone used a USB 3.0 flash drive on a USB 2.0 port? And if so, is that acceptably fast?
    Good question:
    Yse I guess you get the maximum speed of USB 2.0 (practically around 40 mb/s max more or less).

    Don't have any USB 3.0 devices yet since I don't have USB 3.0 ports (better to run at optimal speeds).
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  8. #67


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    Anything that does heavy read/write to the stick of course will be slower, but anything else (basically anything that isn't booting the OS or loading large programs) should be fairly imperceptible from a SATA install. USB3 is really required for a "comparable" experience to an installed OS on a hard disk, though, that is for sure.
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  9. #68


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have a question for the audience, has someone used a USB 3.0 flash drive on a USB 2.0 port? And if so, is that acceptably fast?
    Good question:
    Yse I guess you get the maximum speed of USB 2.0 (practically around 40 mb/s max more or less).

    Don't have any USB 3.0 devices yet since I don't have USB 3.0 ports (better to run at optimal speeds).
    That would be 30mb per second not 40 as far as 2.0 is concerned. And even that is never maintained steadily! People goof themselves thinking that each bus will alsways see the "maximum" speed at all times? Not so! Under "ideal" conditions you will simply peak at the maximum speed. As far as plugging a 3.0 device into a 2.0 port the obvious would be plugging a device designed to run on a faster bus being into the slower and not able to run any faster then the slower bus's speed if reaching peak.

    Bench testing two identical installs on the same brand and same flash drives only one being the 3.0 stick and the other a 2.0 stick would be interesting. The only difference for the exact same model as well as size and brand would then be the results from each bus when comparing boot times and other things.
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  10. #69


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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I have a question for the audience, has someone used a USB 3.0 flash drive on a USB 2.0 port? And if so, is that acceptably fast?
    Good question:
    Yse I guess you get the maximum speed of USB 2.0 (practically around 40 mb/s max more or less).

    Don't have any USB 3.0 devices yet since I don't have USB 3.0 ports (better to run at optimal speeds).
    That would be 30mb per second not 40 as far as 2.0 is concerned. And even that is never maintained steadily! People goof themselves thinking that each bus will alsways see the "maximum" speed at all times? Not so! Under "ideal" conditions you will simply peak at the maximum speed. As far as plugging a 3.0 device into a 2.0 port the obvious would be plugging a device designed to run on a faster bus being into the slower and not able to run any faster then the slower bus's speed if reaching peak.

    Bench testing two identical installs on the same brand and same flash drives only one being the 3.0 stick and the other a 2.0 stick would be interesting. The only difference for the exact same model as well as size and brand would then be the results from each bus when comparing boot times and other things.
    Good.
    I never reached 40mb/s myself with a USB stick but I saw that number somewere...
    People goof themselves thinking that each bus will alsways see the "maximum" speed at all times
    ... it was just a peak speed.
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