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What Is “Windows To Go” in Windows 8??

June 3, 2013

Windows To Go is a Windows 8 feature that enables users to boot Windows 8 from a USB connected external drive such as Thumbs Drive.

In a Windows To Go installation, the entire OS, program files, user data, and settings are self-contained within the USB drives. Windows To Go users simply plug their USB drive into a Windows 8 compatible computer, start the computer, and boot directly to the copy of Windows 8 that is installed on the USB drive. Windows To Go drives can use the same image that enterprises use for their desktops and laptops, and you can manage them in the same way.

Windows To Go does not replace desktops or laptops. Rather, it provides support for efficient use of resources for alternative workplace scenarios.

Considerations for Windows To Go

Hibernate and sleep are disabled by default. To help protect Windows To Go installations from accidental data corruption, hibernate and sleep are disabled in Windows To Go. You can reenable them by using Group Policy settings.

Internal disks are offline. To ensure against accidental data disclosure, internal hard disks on the host computer are offline, by default, when booted into a Windows To Go. Similarly, if you insert a Windows To Go drive into a system that is running, Windows Explorer will not display the Windows To Go drive.

TPM is not used. When you use BitLocker Drive Encryption, a preoperating system boot password will be used for security rather than the TPM. This is because the TPM is tied to a specific computer, and Windows To Go drives will move between computers.

Windows Recovery Environment is not available. If you need to recover your Windows To Go drive, you should reimage it with a fresh image of Windows.

Push Button Reset is not available. Resetting to the OEM settings for the computer does not really apply when running Windows To Go, so the feature was disabled.

Creating a Windows To Go USB drive is only possible in Windows 8 Enterprise.

Windows To Go Requirements

• 32GB or larger USB drive that you format with NTFS file system. This drive can be Thumbs Drive  or an portable HDD.

• A computer that fulfills the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8.

• Windows 8 Enterprise for creating the drives.


From → Windows 8

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