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Difference between Windows To Go and Bootable USB?

by aashishsatya / August 10, 2012 5:13 PM PDT

Hi all,

I've run OSes like Zorin OS using a bootable USB that allowed me to check it out before I actually installed it. Can I do the same for Windows 8 Release Preview by downloading the ISO file and making a bootable USB by using something like WinUSB Maker? I just wanna try it out...I don't want to install it on my system...


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So far, Windows on USB is not supported by you know who.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 11, 2012 5:49 AM PDT

So you are on your own to try such things out but given how much support MSFT gives to Windows on USB I think we can't use such tests to tell how this OS will perform if installed in a supported manner.

Since such an install is fleeting and more, why not try it?

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Windows to go
by leyonchung / August 12, 2012 8:42 PM PDT

Windows To Go operates just like any other installation of Windows with a few exceptions. These exceptions are:

Hibernate and sleep are disabled by default. To help prevent Windows To Go from accidental data corruption during roaming hibernate and sleep are disabled. They can be re-enabled by using Group Policy settings.

Internal disks are offline. To ensure data isn't accidentally disclosed, internal hard disks on the host computer are offline by default when booted into a Windows To Go. Similarly if a Windows To Go drive is inserted into a running system the Windows To Go drive will not be listed in Windows Explorer.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) isn't used. When using BitLocker Drive Encryption a pre-operating system boot password will be used for security rather than the TPM since the TPM is tied to a specific computer and Windows To Go drives will move between computers.

Windows Recovery Environment isn't available. In the rare case that you need to recover your Windows To Go drive, you should re-image it with a fresh image of Windows.

Push Button Reset isn't available. Resetting to the manufacturer's standard for the computer doesn't really apply when running Windows To Go, so the feature was disabled.

On the other hand Having a bootable USB is very essential, especially if you are a Netbook user. Using bootable USB to install an operating system (OS) not only makes the installation faster, but also saves a DVD.
Creating or using an USB drive to install Windows operating systems is very easy if you follow the below mentioned steps.
If you are planning to use bootable USB to install Windows 7 or Vista please refer our guides:
Install Windows 7/Vista using bootable USB guide
And also, you can refer install Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One guide
Coming back to bootable USB guide, here we assume that you are using either Vista or Windows 7 to create a bootable USB.
1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.
2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator.
3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command:

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