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Windows 8 pre-Beta Windows To Go

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    Windows 8 pre-Beta Windows To Go



    Windows 8 Beta is not quite done yet, but it’s certainly worth looking forward to, just for the new features it will introduce, if nothing else.

    Case in point: Windows To Go. Microsoft has already demoed this particular feature at BUILD in mid-September 2011, but did not include it in the Windows Developer Preview it offered to early adopters for testing.

    Windows To Go allows users to install Windows 8 on a USB device, and take the bootable copy of the operating system with them.

    And it seems that Windows To Go has just made an appearance in the latest interim Build of the next iteration of Windows, according to Winunleaked.
    Windows 8 pre-Beta Windows To Go - Softpedia

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    This feature ay you have posted isn't available on the current release of W8 developer preview --however if you have n earlier edition it was available -- I could never get it to work however even though I tried on different types of USB sticks. (Please don't ask where I found the earlier builds !!).

    The ones MS gave away at their presentation IMO had some sort of firmware or mod done to the USB sticks.

    The feature will definitely be useful provided

    1) it will run on most types of USB sticks (4GB and above)
    2) No special "Firmware tinkering" with the USB stick needed
    3) ability to "customize it" such as adding some recovery programs like partition managers, backup / restore, internet and file browser.

    I'm trying to sort out a way of "Minimizing" a W7 (or W8) operation so that I can get a Mini USB live W7 / W8 to run rather like the Hirens boot CD does with its mini XP (but legally !!!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm kind of excited that there will be a Windows version where it actually lets you do this. I've finally reached the Promised Land of a flash Windows operating system with Windows 7. 8 will be next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    This feature ay you have posted isn't available on the current release of W8 developer preview --however if you have n earlier edition it was available -- I could never get it to work however even though I tried on different types of USB sticks. (Please don't ask where I found the earlier builds !!).

    The ones MS gave away at their presentation IMO had some sort of firmware or mod done to the USB sticks.

    The feature will definitely be useful provided

    1) it will run on most types of USB sticks (4GB and above)
    2) No special "Firmware tinkering" with the USB stick needed
    3) ability to "customize it" such as adding some recovery programs like partition managers, backup / restore, internet and file browser.

    I'm trying to sort out a way of "Minimizing" a W7 (or W8) operation so that I can get a Mini USB live W7 / W8 to run rather like the Hirens boot CD does with its mini XP (but legally !!!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    If you're looking for a bootable flash Windows system, PM me. But it might clash with your ethics...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    WinPE has been available for years, and can be downloaded from the MS site.

    With a little tinkering you can add many programs to it, and run it off of a USB memory stick.
    This is permitted by MS.

    There is a windows 7 version from a SF member, that works very well.

    With this available from Windows 8, though supposedly only for IT professionals, this will be a great tool.

    This quote from the above article bothers me,
    The software giant stresses that Windows To Go is designed for IT professionals, and of course, the vast majority of users won’t get to take advantage of it.

    The Windows 8 USB devices that IT professionals will get to use, will feature not just the platform, but also all of their business applications as well as data, and personalized settings.

    Windows To Go ties a bootable copy of Windows 8 to an encrypted USB device that users can connect to any machine and run their platform, at any time. After removing the device, there will be no trace of use left on the computer.
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    Good reading JMH !
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    Utrecht
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Thank you JMH!

    Just what I am interested in!

    Best regards,

    zx81
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