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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #11

    banger said:
    Has anyone noticed in the Enterprise Control Panel, there is a Windows to Go entry, I noticed when running the USB stick and it searched for suitable USB drives but found none. Wonder if this is an easier way to make Windows to go.
    Hi there

    Windows to Go was designed to run on "Certified" (I.e more EXPENSIVE) devices

    However you CAN make it run on "Normal devices". The best solution IMO is to run it on an SSD connected to your PC via a USB3==>SATA connector --then it works lightning fast. !!!

    Here's a link (this is for W8 but it works for W10).

    Creating a Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive ADMIN Magazine

    Don't forget to use the CORRECT WIM for W10 (X64 / X86) especially if you use the GUI version of IMAGEX

    https://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit-tools/gimagex/

    Cheers
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  2. Posts : 102
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       #12

    Hi,

    I have Windows 10 Education. However, I do not have a "certified" usb drive so I can't use the built in tool. I did install if following tutorial linked in thread.

    My question, is once I have it installed how do I activate it. I obtained my Win Education from On The Hub and I just installed on my home pc with product key and activated normally. But I don't use KMS or Active Directory afaik.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    jmsnyc said:
    Hi,

    I have Windows 10 Education. However, I do not have a "certified" usb drive so I can't use the built in tool. I did install if following tutorial linked in thread.

    My question, is once I have it installed how do I activate it. I obtained my Win Education from On The Hub and I just installed on my home pc with product key and activated normally. But I don't use KMS or Active Directory afaik.

    Hi there
    @jmsnyc

    I created a W10 to go using the ISO that I made when installing W10 normally by using the Ms media creation tool and then WINTOUSB . The Windows was already activated -- note run the WINTOUSB pointing to the ISO you used to install your windows but use the SAME machine you installed windows on -- then the digital activation gets "confused" and it's activated automatically . Perfectly legal --no KMS etc. !!!

    My copy is W10 X64 PRO -- chose the same edition you installed and activated on your actual PC.

    Works brilliantly --I'm using mine on an old SSD with USB3-->SATA connector --no probs at all with it.

    Best Windows To Go Creator to create bootable Windows 10/8.1/8/7 USB drive!

    So instructions

    On the machine you installed Windows (any edition)

    1) Create Windows ISO from ms Media creation tool
    2) Ensure you have a decent USB device - old laptop HDD or SSD are better than pen drives / usb sticks
    3) Download WINTOUSB
    4) run it following on screen instructions. Point ISO at "Select Windows Installation file".
    5) if the menu shows different windows versions choose the one that you installed on your PC
    6) run it -- takes up to 20 - 30 mins depending on your hardware and device

    Works perfectly --no need to find WAIK / IMAGEX etc. You'll find its also activated on boot too -- you must install though using the machine you installed your activated version of windows on.

    Cheers
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  4. Kyhi's Avatar
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       #14

    you do not need any 3rd party apps to create a "windows to go" USB Drive.....
    Just two commands.......

    Open command Prompt(admin) and Format USB NTFS (may have to set a active)

    G = My Mounted ISO (DVD)
    F = My USB Drive

    Code:
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:"G:\sources\install.wim" /Index:1 /ApplyDir:F:\
    bcdboot F:\Windows /s F:
    Attachment 85013

    Attachment 85014





    it will takes a while... Supports Single Partition Legacy Booting....
    Last edited by Kyhi; 14 Jun 2016 at 04:01.
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  5. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #15

    banger said:
    Has anyone noticed in the Enterprise Control Panel, there is a Windows to Go entry, I noticed when running the USB stick and it searched for suitable USB drives but found none. Wonder if this is an easier way to make Windows to go.
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education have the official Windows To Go utility included. If your USB thumb drive isn't tagged in its firmware as being a fixed disk, it will be rejected. Certified drives show up as fixed disks, your standard thumb drives show up a removable media. Even then, you can only make an Enterprise Windows To Go install with the official utility. If you try to use any ISO other than the Enterprise one it will reject it.
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  6. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #16

    Kyhi said:
    you do not need any 3rd party apps to create a "windows to go" USB Drive.....
    Just two commands.......

    Open command Prompt(admin) and Format USB NTFS (may have to set a active)

    G = My Mounted ISO (DVD)
    F = My USB Drive

    Code:
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:"G:\sources\install.wim" /Index:1 /ApplyDir:F:\
    bcdboot F:\Windows /s F:
    Attachment 85013

    Attachment 85014





    it will takes a while... Supports Single Partition Legacy Booting....
    I'm going to have to ty that. The official utility won't let me use my Kingston HyperX USB3 thumb drive. So far, I've tried several unofficial methods and they all failed for one reason or another.
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  7. cereberus's Avatar
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       #17

    Kyhi said:
    you do not need any 3rd party apps to create a "windows to go" USB Drive.....
    Just two commands.......

    Open command Prompt(admin) and Format USB NTFS (may have to set a active)

    G = My Mounted ISO (DVD)
    F = My USB Drive

    Code:
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:"G:\sources\install.wim" /Index:1 /ApplyDir:F:\
    bcdboot F:\Windows /s F:
    Attachment 85013

    Attachment 85014





    it will takes a while... Supports Single Partition Legacy Booting....
    Expanding on last point for clarity. USB flash drives can normally only be booted from "Single Partition Legacy Booting", as Removable Drives may only have one (useable) partition - this is Windows limitation , not an actual drive limitation.

    Main problem I have encountered is getting usb flash drives with windows installed on it working from usb3 ports.
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  8. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #18

    cereberus said:
    Expanding on last point for clarity. USB flash drives can normally only be booted from "Single Partition Legacy Booting", as Removable Drives may only have one (useable) partition - this is Windows limitation , not an actual drive limitation.

    Main problem I have encountered is getting usb flash drives with windows installed on it working from usb3 ports.
    Yes. I would say that's why the official utility rejects them. The official WTG creates more than one partition. There are other things involved with the drive being certified too I believe. Speed for one.
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  9. Kyhi's Avatar
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       #19

    And Done...... But, I fell asleep, so figure it takes about an hour...

    Attachment 85027

    You can not run Setup on a removable drive - but you can Apply an Image to a removable drive....
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  10. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #20

    It looks like you used x86, was that Pro, Home, or Enterprise?
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