Windows To Go

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by behemoth, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. behemoth

    behemoth MDL Novice

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    Is there any way to make Windows To Go under XP?
    I successfully wrote install.wim to usb stick, but can't make drive bootable - Windows AIK 1.1 doesn't contain bcdboot.exe to do it.
     
  2. SL2

    SL2 MDL Member

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    #3 SL2, Jun 17, 2012
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    I dunno about Windows To Go, but..

    For installing Vista, W7, or possibly W8 onto a USB drive, use NT 6.x fast installer:

    reboot(dot)pro/10126/

    Just remember to use a fast drive, preferably a HDD or USB 3. My 16 GB Sandisk USB 2 was too slow, the install wasn't finished after 5 hours..

    Also, remember to use Sysprep before swapping computer.
     
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    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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  4. franz99

    franz99 MDL Novice

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    #6 franz99, Jun 18, 2012
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    There is a detailed tutorial about Windows To Go published on Microsoft Technet
    « Windows To Go Step by Step »

    (I am not allowed to give the link because I have under 20 posts here at MyDigital Life ...)
     
  5. luky

    luky MDL Addicted

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    franz99 Please link...
     
  6. behemoth

    behemoth MDL Novice

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    My situation: bcdboot.exe doesn't work under XP.


    I found the way to run it. From power shell on Win7 installation dvd. It gives me message that it writes successfully, but usb drive doesn't boot anywayo_O

    Tried syslinux - it doesn't install to NTFS. I created second partition on usb and my next try will be grub2.

    Also, another thing - Win7 USB DVD tool (from MS) successfully creates installation usb with Win8 - it boots.
     
  7. HALIKUS

    HALIKUS MDL Addicted

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    To make the USB bootable for a Win7 MBR, try

    bootsect /nt60 DRIVE: /force /mbr

    from the command prompt in the same directory as bootsect.exe replacing DRIVE: with your USB drive letter. Bootsect.exe can be found in the directory "Boot" on a retail Win7 DVD \ ISO.
    /nt60 is for Win Vista \ 7 \ 8 and /NT52 is for XP.
     
  8. SuperBubble

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    Because on Vista/WAIK 1.1, the tool is called FIXBOOT.EXE or something (I can't recall), and works somewhat differently. Can't be bothered digging through my old WAIK files to check details though. :(
     
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