Windows 10: Windows to go boot issues

  1.    29 Nov 2015 #1

    Windows to go boot issues


    I have issues with a windows to go installation. The installation is windows 8.1
    and it works perfectly on the computer where the installation was created. But
    I am not able to boot it on any other computer, regardless of OS. I have tried
    on many other computers with different OS but no luck. I tried to activate wintogo
    boot in Windows and alter bios settings.

    The other computers just skips the connected wintogo certified disk and does not
    present a option to boot from it. On the working computer I can choose between
    win10 and win 8.1 - the win to go install - it is presented even if the wintogo is not
    connected at all.

    For me this appears like a "boot configuration error" on the wintogo disk but I am not
    Sure. What can I do to make the wintogo boot on other computers?

    Thank you kindly for the assistance
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    29 Nov 2015 #2


    What did you use to create the Win to Go drive?

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    30 Nov 2015 #3

    1. Navigate to \sources and copy the install.wim file to your desktop or other convenient location
    2. Insert your USB or HDD and format the partition as NTFS with the default allocation
    3. Download the free GImageX (http://www.softpedia...s/GImageX.shtml) and extract it
    4. Run the x86 or x64 version depending on the version of Windows you are using
    5. Navigate to the "Apply" tab
    6. In the source section enter or browse for the location of the install.wim we copied earlier
    7. In the destination section enter or browse for the location of the device you want to use for Windows to Go
    8. Leave the checkboxes unchecked and hit apply
    9. After imaging process is complete navigate to Disk Management (type in partition at search and you will find it)
    10. Find the partition you are using for Windows to Go and right click it then -> "Mark partition as active" - this will allow us to boot from this partition, if its already active then don't worry about this step
    11. Navigate to your Windows to Go disk and go to \Windows\System32
    12. Open up CMD from this location (or change directory to the above folder) and enter bcdboot.exe X:\Windows /s X: /f ALL

    It was kind of tricky, had to tried many times

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    30 Nov 2015 #4

    Because when the drive was created the boot files where placed on that Host system
    you need to create the BCD on the USB

    (assuming a 1 partition USB drive)

    bcdboot X:\Windows /s X: /f ALL

    X = the window to go USB drive letter
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    30 Nov 2015 #5

    It's easy to miss some steps when creating the windows to go drive manually. I suggest you using the freeware ISO2Disc or Rufus. Both of them support creating windows to go usb directly from Windows 8 ISO file.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    03 Dec 2015 #6

    I got the following error when trying the bcdboot command

    C:\windows\system32>bcdboot C:\windows /s C: /f ALL
    Failure when attempting to copy boot files.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    03 Dec 2015 #7

    Is C:\ the drive letter assigned to the windows to go usb ??
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    03 Dec 2015 #8

    Yes! I tried this command from the WIN to go drive
      My ComputerSystem Spec

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