How To Create A Windows To Go USB Drive, Runs Windows 8 On Older Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft shows off an interesting ability for those computers running on the next upcoming version of Windows 8 operating system, will be go on retail in October. The new feature that the Redmond-software company showed the handy little USB stick which could potentially make itself indispensible to businesses and home computer owners alike, especially if they use more than one Windows machine on daily basis.

Today during the company’s Digital Worldwide Partner Conference keynote, Microsoft took the stage and wraps off a USB stick which it believes will make it easier for Windows users to almost take their PCs with them, which means that can have their documents and apps follow them around via the newer USB – assuming they all amount to less than 32GB of data.

That is called ‘Windows To Go’ by the Microsoft outfit, this little USB stick will make it possible for users to take their customized version of Windows anywhere they go, so that they can use multiple computers without ever having to worry about applications. Microsoft thinks this would be a great and best idea they ever thought, would be a special one to introduce.

All about Windows To Go’s tricky things:

Specially with any computer runs Windows 7 or above, Windows To Go will work the better way and allows enterprises to provision a full corporate environment that will boot from a USB drive.

Windows to Go will basically give users their Windows 8 experience on a computer with Windows 7 installed. Once the instance of Windows 8 is booted it functions and is controlled by standard enterprise management tools such as SCCM and Active Directory group policies. Work at home and disaster recovery are the primary use cases as Windows To Go can transform any PC into a corporate PC with your application stack, all on a USB drive.

As being a new feature, Windows To Go of Windows 8 OS is a perfect one trying out Windows 8 operating system on your primary machine without destroying your current Win 7 OS.

Before you begin to try it, you’ll need these:

* 32GB or larger USB Drive (or use an external USB Hard Drive)

* A Windows 8 PC to build the USB drive on Windows 8 RP ISO

* A copy of Imagex.exe from the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit installed on Windows 7 or XP. ImageX can be found in C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\amd64 or C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\x86.

Here’s tutorial on creating Windows 8 To Go USB device:

Step 1: Windows To Go requires a specific partition in order to function. Set up using diskpart to create the new partition. Launch administrative level command from the Start Menu screen.

Step 2: Insert USB stick to computer and type in diskpart and hit ENTER.

Step 3: List the available disks by running “list disk” and you should see your usb device.

Step 4: Select your USB drive by typing “select disk #” and hit Enter

Step 5: Clean the partitions on the disk by typing “clean” and hit Enter.

Step 6: Time to create the partition by running the following command:

“create partition primary”

Step 7: Once created, select it and format the new boot partition by running this command:

“format fs=ntfs quick”

Step 8: Set the partition active by typing “active” and hit Enter.

Step 9: Exit Diskpart by typing Exit.

Step 10: Double click on downloaded Windows 8 ISO to mount it in Windows 8. Brwse ISO files in Windows Explorer and copy copy \sources\install.wim to the same folder as you copied Imagex.exe.

Step 11: Select the drive letter (H, G, S, V) that you assigned to your USB stick bt Windows Explorer and run the following from the folder that already contains Imagex.exe and install.wim:

imagex.exe /apply install.wim 1 d:\

Replace d with the drive letter of your USB drive.)”

Step 12: Once the image has applied you need to setup the boot record on the USB Drive. Run the administrative command prompt:

bcdboot.exe d:\windows /s d: /f ALL

(Replace d with the drive letter of your USB drive.)

If you followed the tutorial correctly. You will be having your own created “new Windows To Go” USB Drive use it on multiple computers.

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