By AOMEI / Last Updated July 22, 2019

Introduction of Windows To Go

The Enterprise of Windows 8 or 8.1 has a new feature called Windows To Go, which is able to create operating system on a USB flash drive. And then you can boot system from USB on any computer at anywhere. This is a method that helps you have the Enterprise edition of Windows 8 or 8.1, but what’s more important is that Windows To Go helps workers have portable working environment and make BYOD be possible.

Due to the portable working environment brought by Windows To Go, it is being widely used by workers. What’s a pity, if you are not using Enterprise of Windows 8 or 8.1, this feature is not available for you. Therefore, as for non-enterprise users, you can run Windows 8/8.1 from USB with the help of a freeware.

How to Create Windows To Go Workspace with Enterprise Edtion

As mentioned above, if you are a user who owns Enterprise Windows 8 or 8.1, you are allowed to create Windows 8 to go bootable USB drive and then you can run Windows 8 from bootable USB. In order to enter this tool, just click click Control Panel and set view by small icons and then choose Windows To Go, the following is the main interface. You can get detail step from Transfer Windows 8 to Bootable USB Flash Drive Easily.

Select USB

However, having Windows 8/10 Enterprise edition is not enough, because some of the USB drives will not be recognized in the Create a Windows to Go Workspace window. Only the certified USB drive with more than 32GB capacity can be used for Windows to Go. Luckily, you can use a freeware called AOMEI Partition Assistant to create a potable Windows USB drive to run Windows 8 on any computer.

Free Way to Run Windows 8 from USB Flash Drive without Enterprise Edition

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free partition manager which supports all versions of Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7/vista and Windows XP. It has a feature called Windows To Go Creator which is designed for users especially for the non-enterprise user to install Windows on external hard drive or USB flash drive. and then run Windows 8 or 8.1 form USB.

Before you do:

  • Prepare a 13GB or larger USB drive or SSD.

  • Prepare a Windows 8 installation ISO file, disc, or ESD file.

Step1:Plug USB into computer and make sure it has been organized by computer.

Step2: Download free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, install and launch it, click Windows To Go Creator on the left side of interface.

Windows To Go Creator

Step3:In the pop-up window, please click Browse to find ISO automatically. If it doesn’t find, please click Browse to findISO file by yourself. And then click Proceed to go on.

Click Proceed

After click Proceed, you will get the following window and the operation will begin.


Besides, Windows To Go Creator, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help users merge partition, convert MBR to GPT, make bootable CD and so on. You can choose one of the methods mentioned above to run Windows 8 from USB depending on your own requirement. Actually, as for advanced users they can install Windows 8 on USB with the help of command line.