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Anyone knows How to configure Windows To Go?

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  • Hi!

    I saw in BUILD was shown a few demos about Windows To Go running DP but.. they did not say how to configure it.

    Anyone from Microsoft or not knows how to do it?

    Thank you!

    Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:37 AM

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  • I've read it's one of the features not included in the WDP.

     

    Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:54 AM
  • The feature is not included in the win8 preview build, here's an article how it can be done, but it's rather a hard way, not sure if it's worth the effort , i suggest rather wait until it becomes available in beta or so.

     

    http://www.borncity.com/blog/2011/09/18/how-to-create-your-own-windows-8-to-go-developer-preview/


    Alsx Verboon www.verboon.info
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:02 PM
  • In the presentation made by Steven Silverberg at the BUILD:

    http://video.ch9.ms/build/2011/mp4/245.mp4

    and in the Powerpoint presentation you can download here:

    http://video.ch9.ms/build/2011/slides/HW-245T_Silverberg.pptx

    you can read this:

    « System must be x64 to boot this specific Workspace »

    This specific workspace being Windows To Go

     

    So what is precisely a x64 system ?

    Does its mean that a system only needs a 64 bits CPU to be able to boot WTG ?

     

    On this other hand WTG is supposed to be “realy portable“ and boot on any system that is able to boot on an USB device, non dependant on the OS that is installed on it.

    WTG is also supposed to be « enterprise targeted » and in the industry we still use mainly a lot of 32 bits laptops.

     

    If this limitation to x64 systems is going to remain in the final release of Windows 8, most of the smal and bigger business are not going to upgrade their whole park of machines to Windows 8 only for the benefit of WTG !

     

     

    So I like to know precisely why does this limitation of Windows To Go to a x64 system exist ?
    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:10 AM
  • On Wed, 5 Oct 2011 08:10:39 +0000, franz999 wrote:

    In the presentation made by Steven Silverberg at the BUILD:

    Answered in the other thread you posted to:

    http://social.Msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/c54cecbe-2298-4873-9b20-7548b6f63133#7c3043e4-7c19-4eca-a954-f8d6cb615e8c


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Profanity is the one language all programmers know best.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:24 AM
  • On Wed, 5 Oct 2011 09:09:11 +0000, franz999 wrote:

    So if I built my own USB WTG thumb on my 32 bit system il should work and ther will be no limitation in the final versions of Windows 8 to x64 systems !

    Whether or not you run this procedure on a 32 bit system or a 64 bit system
    is irrelevant. The important part here, if you want to build a 32 bit
    version of WTG is using the install.wim from the correct version of the
    Windows 8 install media.

    The only possible issue could be the bcdboot part. All of my systems are
    x64 so I can't check to see what would happen if you used an x64 version of
    bcdboot and then tried to boot the WTG install on an x86 only laptop.

    Oh, and just to be clear, there's no x64 limitation now, there's no need to
    wait for RTM to try this out if all you've got are x86 systems.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Swap read error.  You lose your mind.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 9:16 AM
  •  Many thanks to Paul Adare for his answer in the other thread where I posted first the same question:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/c54cecbe-2298-4873-9b20-7548b6f63133

    (after the first posting the title of the present thread seemed to be more appropriate to my question ..)

     

     

     

    So if I built my own USB WTG thumb on my 32 bit system il should work and ther will be no limitation in the final versions of Windows 8 to x64 systems !

     

     

    The whole process fo creating the WTG bootable USB drive

    is well described in this tutorial here:

    http://pureinfotech.com/2011/09/28/how-to-create-a-windows-to-go-usb-drive-in-windows-8-step-by-step/

      

    After the tutorial mhweb pointed out in step 12 the same precision as you did for the bcdboot.exe /f switch

     Note - You'll need the Windows 8 version of bcdboot.exe for the /f
    switch.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 9:21 AM