New Feature - Boot Windows 8 from a USB Drive
Windows 8 Enterprise Edition has a new feature that enables the users to run Windows 8 from a USB drive, and that is the magical Windows To Go (Tips: if you are using Windows 8 Enterprise, it is able to put Windows 8 on USB with Windows To Go Creator). With this new feature, one can use their own Windows 8 on any devices where they go. However, only Windows 8 Enterprise Edition offers its users a Windows To Go Creator Wizard to put Windows 8 on a USB drive. For those who do not have Win 8 Enterprise Edition, they can still create a Windows To Go workspace via using the Command Prompt.
Before You Start
- 1. This method is only available on Windows 8, 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 clients.
- 2. Please make sure that there's at least one primary partition on the USB drive, and it also must be an active partition with NTFS file system.
- 3. The capacity of the USB drive better be larger than 16GB.
- 4. For best results, use a Windows To Go certified 3.0 USB drive.
How to Put Windows 8 on a USB Drive with Command Prompt?
Step1. In this example, C drive is the system drive. E drive is the USB drive and the Windows 8 image is mounted to F drive.
Step2. Press Win+R then enter "CMD" to launch the Command Prompt. In the pop-up window, input "diskpart" and press the Enter button.
Step3. Enter "disk list", thus we can see all the drives on this computer. And here in the picture below, Disk 1 is the destination USB drive.
Step4. Input the command lines in the picture below to format the USB drive and activate the partition. Then assign the drive letter as E.
Step5. Use the Dism.exe to release the install.wim file from drive F and transfer it to drive E, please input the command line below.
Step6. Enter "bcdboot e:\windows /s e: /f ALL" to make the USB drive bootable. Thus you've successfully put the Windows 8 image on the USB drive. You can run your Windows 8 on any computer from this USB drive now!