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Windows To Go with the Windows 8.1 update

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    You actually need to create it on a USB DRIVE
    Yes, you are right with "Windows 8.1 To Go".

    But for "Windows 8 To Go" I can use a cheap USB stick (recognized as "removal disk"). So I think Microsoft has changed something in Windows 8.1 so it's not anymore possible to create a "Windows 8.1 To Go" on cheap USB stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    9) So who NEEDS a Windows to Go system requiring you to have a W8.1 ENTERPRISE version.
    But for "Windows 8 To Go" I can use "Windows 8 Core" or "Windows 8 Pro".
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  2. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    You actually need to create it on a USB DRIVE
    Yes, you are right with "Windows 8.1 To Go".

    But for "Windows 8 To Go" I can use a cheap USB stick (recognized as "removal disk"). So I think Microsoft has changed something in Windows 8.1 so it's not anymore possible to create a "Windows 8.1 To Go" on cheap USB stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    9) So who NEEDS a Windows to Go system requiring you to have a W8.1 ENTERPRISE version.
    But for "Windows 8 To Go" I can use "Windows 8 Core" or "Windows 8 Pro".
    Windows To Go setups other than the Enterprise version are not supported by Microsoft. I would say they are not legal ether according to the EULA. Just saying. That's why lots of people run Linux Live CD's etc. You don't have to horse around to get them working or worry about activation issues etc. The Enterprise Edition is custom tailored to be able to run on different PC's and different hardware without fuss. I have an Enterprise Windows To Go on an external USB hard drive. It was created on my laptop which is Running 8.1 Enterprise. Works as advertised.Microsoft in the past have not made it very easy to run Windows from and external drive. Have they changed something to make it even harder? Your guess is as good as mine.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows To Go setups other than the Enterprise version are not supported by Microsoft.
    There you are correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I would say they are not legal ether according to the EULA.
    I don't read anything in EULA that prohibits installation of Windows 8 Pro on USB stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That's why lots of people run Linux Live CD's etc.
    This argument is worthless. A big German computer magazine distributes also a Windows 7 Live DVD based on Windows 7 PE.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    8.1 Enterprise. Works as advertised.
    Microsoft advertising says that "Windows 8 Enterprise To Go" is possible - but not, that "Windows 8 Pro To Go" isn't possible or isn't allowed.
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  4. #24


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    The EULA may not state that you can't run Windows on a USB stick but you are restricted from running OEM and Retail versions on more than one PC. That kind of defeats the whole purpose of Windows To Go. That's why its only officially available to Enterprise users. Windows PE is not windows and isn't licensed like a full Windows install is. Its just the preinstallation environment.

    Microsoft advertising says that "Windows 8 Enterprise To Go" is possible - but not, that "Windows 8 Pro To Go" isn't possible or isn't allowed. << Your 8 Pro Windows To Go or 8 Core Windows To Go will only be legal if you run it on the PC you created it on. It will not be licensed to be run on any other PC. There is a reason why its not an option on Core and Pro, its not supported on those versions. Not supported means you don't have a license to use it. But hay, if you want to play around with it fine. Just don't be surprised if Microsoft makes it hard for you to do or that you may get activation nag screens when you use it on another PC. A side effect of using it may be that your product code gets black listed. If you use it on several different PC's the activation server may flag it. I can see it being a nice backup option if your installed OS gets messed up, just be careful how you use it is all.
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Your 8 Pro Windows To Go or 8 Core Windows To Go will only be legal if you run it on the PC you created it on.
    That's no problem: If I unplug the USB stick from one PC and plugin to an other PC then "Windows 8 Pro To Go" can only run once.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It will not be licensed to be run on any other PC.
    That's not the truth. I'm allowed to transfer my license from one PC to an other. E.G. if the first PC break down or I delete hard disk and install Linux or move my SSD to an other PC - or move USB stick to an other PC.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you use it on several different PC's the activation server may flag it.
    "May" is a very vague, spongy term. I have used a "Windows 8 Pro To Go" USB stick many times on different PCs and the key was never "flagged".

    I observe many forums and nowhere I read that someone reported that his "Windows 8 Pro To Go" key is flagged. I can understand that Microsoft don't "like" that users use a feature that is highlighted for Enterprise. And I can understand that you as "MVP" (Microsoft most valuable professional) promote this attitude.
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  6. #26


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    @ Nufu Windows to go may only be running once but what product code is it using? If it's the same product code that is already being used on another PC that is not allowed. Yes you can transfer a Retail copy to another PC but like I said, if you are already using that Product code on another PC your required to remove Windows from the other PC. If your Windows To Go is using its own dedicated product code you are likely alright. Your still likely to get activation requests when a big hardware change is detected. It may fail activation to. I say likely and maybe because I don't know 100% for sure what will happen, I've never done it. Your doing something that is not supported or condoned by Microsoft so all bets are off as to what they decide to do about it. I'm not saying this because I'm an MVP and I'm not going to report you to Redmond . I'm an enthusiast and enjoy conversations like this, that's all. I believe people should be aware of the pitfalls of doing certain things is all.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If your Windows To Go is using its own dedicated product code you are likely alright.
    This is self-evident.

    But back to my initial question:

    Has anybody really tried this tutorial (Creating a Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive) to create a "Windows 8.1 To Go" USB stick ?
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