Method to create a Windows To Go USB drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am one of those that was not lucky enough to make it into the Windows To Go presentation. As such, how can I create my own Windows To Go USB drive?



    Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:10 PM


  • Hi there,

    find below a copy/paste from one of my previous posts giving bare instructions on the process, remember it is a unsupported feature in WDP, it will most probably be in the first Public Beta, with a lot easier processus (it is a assistant driven processus in other builds).


    given the fact you have access to a running win8 machine do the following:

    launch CMD with elevated rights, plug your usb drive in.

    in the cmd, launch DISKPART, list disk to id you usb drive, select it, partition it, format it in NTFS and Active It.

    with imagex, apply install.wim from win8DP iso to the usb drive partition (in my example it's given the U: letter)

    then execute bcdboot to initiate bootloader as resident:

    bcdboot.exe U:\windows /s U: /f ALL

    exit prompt, eject usb...and off you go to boot on your USB on your laptop (and prey it has Win8-compatible hardware).

    hope this help.


    Best regards,



    Http://www.redkaffe.com - Consultant/Formateur en region PACA
    • Marked as answer by Jim1693 Friday, October 28, 2011 6:35 AM
    Friday, October 28, 2011 3:45 AM