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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.
Hi, quick question regarding the licensing.
If I have a Windows 8 Enterprise license with SA i can use Windows to Go on any other company device.
I can also use Windows To Go on a personal laptop outside of the office with no additional licenses.
However if I bring my personal laptop into the office I would need to purchase a Companion license befoere I could use Windows to Go.
Is that correct?
The on-screen document is TERRIBLE and poorly designed UX. When I tried to create a Windows To Go USB on Windows 8 and inserted a 4 GB USB, it gave me an error that I needed to insert one with 32+ GBs with no other warnings. It FAILED to mention that it must also be "Certified for Windows To Go." I bought a regular Kingston 32 GB USB drive at the store, which returned an error it did not meet the hardware requirements. I had to dig through the page linked of hardware requirements to determine that it only works with USB drives certified for Windows To Go. This is a HUGE FAILURE in online menus and error messages that resulted in a waste of time and money to purchase a USB drive that doesn't work. Thanks!
@Eric - from article:
Before you begin
1.Have a Windows To Go certified USB drive. – USB 3.0 Kingston and Super Talent have certified USB drives
2.Have a host system with Windows 8 Enterprise client installed.
3.A Windows 8 Enterprise sysprep generalized .WIM file (can be from install media or a captured custom Enterprise image). See Creating Images for more information about creating .WIM files.
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Your instructions are cryptic at best...and the instructions for creating a .wim file are worse. WTG is an awesome idea, but it should NOT be this convoluted and obtuse.