Windows 8: How to create a Windows To Go USB drive

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Microsoft released a new feature called “Windows To Go” with Windows 8. With this feature it is possible to boot your Windows 8 from a USB drive on any PC. In this post I show you how you can do this.

Requirements

Step-by-Step

First let me show you my setup to begin with.

I have my System Drive (C:), the USB drive I want to use (E:) and the Windows 8 ISO mounted (F:)

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  1. Run diskpart
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  2. With “list disk” you can list all your disk
    Windows To Go
  3. Now select your usb drive (select disk 1) and clean it. After that you can create a new partition and format that and close diskpart.
    WindowsToGo05 Diskpart
  4. Now in my case the ISO is mounted as drive F:. Now with dism I can apply the Windows Image to my USB drive (E:)
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  5. Now you have to make this drive bootable
  6. now you are done. You can now boot your USB drive. The first boot will take some time to setup.

If you want to know more about Windows To Go I recommend you the Microsoft session from the BUILD conference.