Create Windows to Go without using the WAIK or ENTERPRISE

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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Create Windows to Go without using the WAIK or ENTERPRISE


    Hi there

    I think this method of creating a Windows to Go system is easier - it doesn't need the WAIK download and it IMO is much easier than the tutorial in the tutorials section.

    [Tutorial]Windows 8 to Go without Enterprise Edition - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums

    This method also works for W8/8.1 systems. It won't work for W7 as the bcdboot.exe command is different.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. BunnyJ's Avatar
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       #2

    Thanks,, I'll check this out.
    Jeff :)
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  3. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    I may have to get off my @ss and give this another go. I have a nice Kingston 64 gig HyperX USB 3.0 thumb drive I want to use. The official Windows to Go utility won't let me use it. But will let me use my crappy old 5400 laptop drive in a USB 2.0 enclosure. WTF?
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  4. Posts : 803
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    Actually DISM works for me (on 8.1 and 10 not sure about earlier) - no need to download anything.

    1. Diskpart (clean, create partition primary, format quick fs=ntfs, active).
    2. dism /Apply-Image /imagefile:F:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    3. BCDBOOT.EXE E:\WINDOWS /S E: /F ALL
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  5. Superfly's Avatar
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    adamf said:
    Actually DISM works for me (on 8.1 and 10 not sure about earlier) - no need to download anything.

    1. Diskpart (clean, create partition primary, format quick fs=ntfs, active).
    2. dism /Apply-Image /imagefile:F:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    3. BCDBOOT.EXE E:\WINDOWS /S E: /F ALL
    Works for me as well - I do my multi-boot this way as well...viola!
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  6. whs's Avatar
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    Nice alternative. But if you already have the WAIK, you might as well use it and put the imagex.exe on the desktop. Then it is only 2 commands - e.g.:

    "C:\Users\Your Name\Desktop\imagex.exe" /apply H:\sources\install.wim 1 F:\

    bcdboot F:\windows /s F:

    Works with the .iso in a BD ROM (H here) or a real DVD.

    PS: the WAIK is a useful tool. You also need it e.g. when you want to produce a WinPE recovery CD for free Macrium. You download it when you have nothing else to do. Takes about 2 hours for the average connection.
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  7. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    I suck at this. First I tried this, Windows To Go Step by Step - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki The official Windows to utility, option 1, will not use my thumb drive because its removable media. Doing option 2, power shell commands, I get as far as, $OSPartition = New-Partition –InputObject $Disk[0] -UseMaximumSize . I get an insufficient free space error message. That I believe is because the drive is removable media and not a fixed disk.

    So then I tried what you others posted,
    1. Diskpart (clean, create partition primary, format quick fs=ntfs, active).
    2. dism /Apply-Image /imagefile:F:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    3. BCDBOOT.EXE E:\WINDOWS /S E: /F ALL
    I can boot from the thumb drive but it stalls at the Windows logo with the juggling balls. All disk activity stops and it just sits there forever. I left it running for 30 plus minutes.

    Then I tried what jimbo posted in post 1. Again seemed to work. I can boot from the drive but it stalls in the very same place. Tried it on my desktop with normal BIOS and my laptop with UEFI.

    The thumb drive is a Kingston HyperX 65 GB USB 3.0 drive. Tried it in a USB 2.0 port on my desktop PC and a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port on my laptop.

    I just can't get there from here? If I use my old laptop drive in an external enclosure I have no issues creating a Windows To go drive from 8.1 Enterprise. It's just bulky and slow. It would have been nice to use my thumb drive that is a lot more pocket friendly.
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    whs
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       #8

    I can boot from the thumb drive but it stalls at the Windows logo with the juggling balls
    Did you disable secure boot and set the BIOS to legacy mode ??
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  9. Posts : 803
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    whs, Jimbo and I are only suggesting different ways to copy the .wim to your drive. The end result is the same (I've also made my USB stick a RAW disk and installed via VirtualBox which is again the same).

    Via USB2 no thumb drives seem usable to me. I've used a USB2 HDD and it was (just about) OK. I don't own a USB3 stick but it should be better (you would like to think). If I use a decent SD card (on my mac host) it is OKish.

    If your boot is halting try rebooting a few times. If that doesn't work you are most likely having a problem with a screen driver which I'm afraid I don't know about.
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  10. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there.

    Actually an old laptop HDD (I replaced the laptops HDD with an SSD) works brilliantly for a Windows to Go -- I use a USB2==>SATA connector to connect the USB drive to the computer --perfectly fast enough even to run SKY GO to watch SKY SPORTS / SKY MOVIES from the Internet.

    A USB3 ==>SATA connector on a USB3 port would work even better.

    A 2.5 inch 320 GB laptop drive is almost as portable as a USB stick and much more durable (and robust). You can even get a 1TB laptop HDD for probably cheaper than a 64 GB USB 3 stick !!!!.

    You don't need any caddies etc and its very portable. The USB2 / 3 -->SATA cables only cost a few pence / cents / eurocents.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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