Windows To Go: Screenshots

Windows To Go: Screenshots

Summary: Windows 8 Enterprise includes the tools needed to make a Windows To Go USB drive. Here's how it's done.

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  • Windows 8 Enterprise comes with a simple wizard for setting up Windows To Go USB sticks. All you need is a suitable memory stick — Microsoft recommends USB 3.0 — with plenty space, and access to a suitable install image file. Start by selecting the USB drive you intend to use.

  • Next you'll need to select the image you want to use. IT administrators can use tools like the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build the appropriate WIM format files, embedding apps and customising installation options — or you can just extract the install.wim from a Windows install DVD.

  • It's a good idea to ensure that Windows To Go USB drives are encrypted, as they're likely to contain sensitive documents (especially if they're in sync with a work PC). There's support for BitLocker, Microsoft's whole disk encryption technology, and you can enable it when you install Windows To Go.

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Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Reviews

Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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  • Yes.

    This is perfect way to carry Windows with you, and I love this feature.
    Ram U
  • Will Windows To Go keep all your files too

    When you plug the usb into another computer, will that computer have the same settings and files and apps be on that computer as well? Will that computer be exactly the same as your primary one?
    Jabe124
    • Yes

      All storage will be through the drive, or through Direct Access, or through SkyDrive/SkyDrive Pro. There is no access to the host PC storage at all.
      sbisson
  • Wheres the do you wish to turn Metro off?

    I don't see the feauture that lets me decide to use the classic windows look as all previous versions did or I could merely download a replacement desktop such as winblinds....
    wpreece
  • A solution in search of a problem

    Portable Apps has been around for years. portableapps(dot)com
    AnalogJoystick
  • What A Pity Nobody Will Use It

    This is only available on the Enterprise version of Windows 8. But Windows 8 is not targeted at the Enterprise, but at the consumer market.

    What a complete waste of time.
    ldo17
  • Microsoft Office and file storage

    Could you have Office on the USB drive also, along with Word and Excel user-created files on the USB drive?
    Could this be used in conjunction with a tablet, such as Android, Apple, RIM or Microsoft?
    gedwards66
  • I want the Surface

    Just what I need. What price has Microsoft put on the Pro version?
    LGRM
  • installed memory 4GB (3.73 usable)

    screenshot #1 says
    installed memory 4GB (3.73 usable)
    but it also says
    64-bit operating system
    odd
    BobRPC@...
    • That test machine is a laptop with integrated Intel graphics

      The available memory is calculated to allow for the memory requirements of the GPU.
      sbisson
  • Memory Availability

    You might find it's that windows is showing you 4gb in gigabytes and the physical memory sizing is calculated in gibibytes. In the same way you'll notice a 1tb hard disk only has ~930gb storage - not because of 'formatting' etc but because there are two number systems used to calculate capacity.

    it's the difference between using decimal expansion and binary.
    People generally use increments of 1000 (10^3) to calculate sizes so 4gb is 4*1000mb.
    If you calculate using binary (as memory and storage addressing will do) then 4gb is 4*1024mb (where 1024=2^10).

    SO.... 4gb in Windows is 4000000000 bytes, or 4*10^9 whereas the memory will be 4gb as 4294967296 bytes, or 4*2^30. If you divide 4000000000 (bytes) by 4294967296 (bytes) you get 3.725 (rounded to 3.73) 'gb'.

    Therefore of the '4gb' of RAM you only have 3.73'gb' addressable as the 4gb is gigabytes and the 3.73gb is gibibytes.

    Mystery Solved :oP

    (There should be some articles online about kibi/mebi/gibi.tebi bytes vs kilo/mega/giga/tera bytes if you need clarification)
    Mouseboy007