As a brief aside, for those of you who may not be familiar with Windows To Go, it’s a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable USB stick which allows employees to work from anywhere on any compatible device, while also helping IT professionals keep their organizations secure.  In essence, IT provisions Windows 8 Enterprise on a certified USB drive and provides the drive to end users.  A Windows To Go user inserts the drive into a compatible personal or company provided PC and boots into their personalized Windows 8 image. 

What does it mean to be certified for Windows To Go?

Drive certification and optimization is a process that each of the drive vendors must go through to ensure their USB drives will provide an optimal experience for end users.  Aside from passing a battery of certification tests (HCK), each drive undergoes supplemental testing including a self-hosting process across numerous PCs.  Any time an anomaly is found it is remediated and the drive is retested.  As noted, this is not an easy process; each vendor seeking certification has put significant time, effort, and financial support behind creating and certifying their Windows To Go drives.  

Important Windows To Go documentation links:

  • Windows To Go on TechNet:  Technical information, deployment guidance, frequently asked questions, up to date certified drive listings, etc.
  • Windows 8 Enterprise:  Includes new updated branding and important information for businesses.

 

Vendor drive certification, and availability:

Vendor

Drive Name

Vendor Link

Press Release

Status

Kingston

DataTraveler Workspace

www.kingston.com/wtg

Kingston Press Release

Certified drives available

SuperTalent

Express RC8

www.supertalent.com/wtg

SuperTalent Press Release

Certified drives available

WD

My Passport Enterprise

www.wd.com/wtg

WD Press Release

Certified drives available