What is Windows To Go? It means you can use Windows wherever you go, just like a
portable Windows, but Windows 8/10 only. According to Microsoft official states,
only Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition enables you to build wintogo
workplace. To make a Windows 8 bootable flash drive, the first thing we
should do is choosing a Windows To Go certified USB drive as the destination drive.
What is Windows To Go USB? The USB storage must be larger than 32GB. Also, for
better result, USB 3.0 is strongly recommended. USB 2.0 that is used to run windows
8 can meet the basic demands. However, USB 3.0 is promoted.
What is Windows To Go workplace? Its operates are similar to any other installation
of Windows, but there are a few exceptions:
- Internal hard disks on the host computer are offline by default when booted into
a Windows To Go workspace, the Windows To Go drive also will not be listed in
- Because Windows To Go drives will move between computers, so the Trusted
Platform Module (TPM) won’t be used, but BitLocker Drive Encryption a
pre-operating system boot password will be used instead.
- Also, To ensure that the Windows To Go workspace is able to move between
computers easily, hibernation is disabled by default.
- Unfortunately, Windows Recovery Environment isn’t available when using Windows
To Go workplace and refreshing or resetting a Windows To Go workspace is not
supported. Luckily, getting apps from Windows Store is no problem when running a
Windows To Go workspace.
Since Windows To Go drives can be booted on multiple computers. When a Windows To Go
USB is first booted on a host computer it will detect all hardware on the computer
but install any needed drivers. When the Windows To Go USB is subsequently booted on
that host computer it will be able to identify the host computer and load the
correct set of drivers automatically.The applications that you want to use from the
Windows To Go workspace should be tested to make sure they also support roaming.
Because some applications bind to the computer hardware which will cause
difficulties if the workspace is being used with multiple host computers.
Above answered what is Windows To Go, next are how to create Windows To GO.
Step1: Insert the USB drive(USB3.0 is preferable). Open Windows To
Go Creator Center in the Control Panel.
Step2: In Windows To Go Creation Center, we will see the system is
searching for the USB drive. After the USB drive has been recognized, it’ll be
listed as the following picture. Click the "Next" button to go to next
Step3: This step will ask you to pick a Windows 8 image. Either the
plain Windows 8 installation disc or the one that you are currently using is OK.
Choose one then click "Next".
Step4: This is optional, whether to use BitLocker to set password
for the Windows To Go workspace or not. We can also decide later and add password
after we have booted into the WTG device.
Step5: Last step, click the "Create" button to start the
process. The process may take about 10-25 minutes depends on the hardware. Once the
process is done, choose “Save and Close” to finalize the operation.
Now, you can enjoy Windows 8 where you go with this created Windows 8 bootable USB
First, let me clarify why we need to use third party software to move Windows 8/8.1
to USB sometimes. There are some reasons: first of all, Windows 8 creating Windows
To Go requirements are strict: On the hardware side, the storage of external hard
disk should be at least 32 GB. It only supports certified USB, but certified USB is
very expensive and the type of it is limited. Software side: only Windows 8/8.1
Enterprise Edition has this function. It is very complex to create Windows 8 to go
certified USB drive by Windows 8 system itself, so, why don't we use a shortcut:
move Windows to non-certified USB with third party software?
No sooner said than done. Since the release of AOMEI Partition
Assistant 5.5, it added a new function named “Windows To Go Creator”. This
feature helps you make a full corporate environment that will boot from a USB or
external USB drive. The point is you can create Windows 8 to go boot disk even your
system is not Windows 8 Enterprise Edition. Except that, AOMEI Partition Assistant
has many other widely used disk optimization functions such as merge partition,
resize partition, move partition, split partition, migrate OS to SSD, etc.
Before you do, you need a 13 GB or larger USB drive. Also, it could be external USB
hard drive. Another thing is Windows 8 installation disc or ISO file.
Step 1: Plug the USB drive into a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port on the PC.
Make sure that it is detected by your machine.
Step 2: Download, install, and launch
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition. Then click "Windows To Go Creator"
on the left side you will see the main interface:
Step 3: In the pop-up window, click “Browse” button to select
Windows 8 installation file (named install.wim or install.esd) which locates under
\sources folder. If the program does not detect it automatically, please click
"Browse" to select manually. After that, click "OK" to continue.
Step 4: Click "Proceed". The program will inform you about
something important. The data on this USB drive will be deleted and the partition on
USB drive will be formatted as NTFS file system. To back up data, AOMEI Backupper is
recommended. After clicking “Yes”, creating Windows 8 bootable USB drive will start.
When the task is completed, you can plug the Windows 8 bootable USB drive into any
computer, enter BIOS setting, and change the firmware boot order to USB first. AOMEI
Windows To Go Creator also supports installing Windows 8.1 on USB drive.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you neither have to buy Windows 8 Enterprise
nor have to use command line to make a Windows 8 to go boot disk. Further more the
software also supports installing Windows 8.1, Windows8, Windows 7, Vista, XP and
2000 on boot disk.
This article not only tells what is Windows To Go and how to create it. But also
recommend you a Windows To Go creator - AOMEI Partition Assistant. I wish you
benefit a lot.