Beta install similar way to OS X?

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  1. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Windows 8 is straightforward, perhaps Windows 10 will have similar functionality:
    Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

    It won't work for Windows 7.....its far too sluggish to run on any USB drive, no matter how good it is.
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  2. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there.

    You need the Enterprise edition at least to "strip" the boot command off or it won't work. !!! The method in the link will create a Windows to go (Enterprise) version on a "Non-certified" device though from a Windows Enterprise iso.

    What you CAN do though is create a portable windows version using any decent Linux distro and VMware. If you've got a USB3 device or a spare SSD then the response time of the Windows VM is pretty good -- very useable -- and you don't have to touch ANYTHING on your existing HDD's so this should make a good system for testing Windows 10 preview without altering a SINGLE BYTE on your existing machines.

    Here's a link to the procedure I did -- it's back on the W8 Forum - read carefully - especially if you have a UEFI enabled machine.

    How to make Portable Windows system (any version)

    Running Windows to go from an external SSD works just fine -- even when connected to a USB2 port via a SATA==>USB connector -- connected to a USB3 port it works BETTER than the built in standard HDD / non SSD on a laptop. !!!

    I use the windows to go on a dedicated SSD device to get the SKY GO streaming TV service -- the SKY GO won't run from a VM -- something about Silverlight detects a VM and you have a limit of two computers so it won't tolerate a VM -- you could clone zillion of these !!!. My main machine runs a LINUX host so if I want SKY GO I do it that way rather than mess around with dual boot.

    Last edited by jimbo45; 01 Oct 2014 at 05:49.
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  3. Posts : 23,195
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the extra info

    Going to wait about a week see how things work (getting the download is painful)

    If all looks good and first reports of it are promising I might go for the download next week
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