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One of my favorite new features that offers significant business value to move to Windows 8 is the USB Windows to go. Windows To Go workspace is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables users to boot Windows from a USB-connected external drive. Windows To Go drives can use the same image that enterprises use for their desktops and laptops, and can be managed the same way. Offering a new mobility option, Windows To Go workspace is not intended to replace desktops or laptops, or supplant other mobility offerings. Windows To Go will allow companies to support Bring Your Own PC scenarios and will give employees who need to work from home more secure access to their full corporate environment. With Windows To Go use rights under Software Assurance, an employee will be able to use Windows To Go on any company PC licensed with Windows SA as well as from their home PC. Additionally, through a new companion device license for SA, employees will be able to use WTG on their personal devices at work.
For more information on different functionalities between Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise – See my previous blog post at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2012/08/09/how-do-i-get-windows-8-rtm.aspx
Let’s take a look at what you need to create the Windows to Go USB drive:
Alternatively you can do this manually using a combination of Windows PowerShell and command-line tools. – Check out the following TechNet article for PowerShell Instructions: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6991.windows-to-go-step-by-step.aspx (command line scripting will need two free drive letters; the examples use S and W).
Booting your Windows To Go workspace
Now that your workspace is ready you have two primary options for booting, using either the new Windows 8 startup options or configuring your machines firmware.