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I created a Windows To Go flash drive using a Patriot 32GB Supersonic Rage stick. I created it on my Surface Pro. However, it will not boot. I tested it on my Win7 desktop computer, strictly to see if it would boot, and it did try, although it couldn't finish, I suspect because it didn't have all the right drivers.

 

Also, some of the directions I found said to create 2 partitions on the flash drive, something that is impossible without breaking Microsoft's default policy of only allowing 1 partition on removable drives. I found some other instructions that said how to do it using only a single partition, but it still won't boot.

Did you use Windows 8 Enterprise? I dont think the Patriot is on the certified list.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/devices/windowstogo.aspx

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I think we are talking about two separate processes.

Windows To Go is Windows 8 Enterprise only and does not allow access to the drives of the PC you are booting from.

Native boot from VHD allows you to create a boot image that would allow you access.

Great info, ArtieMcD.

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Now I'm confused. I thought the sites I visited indicated that you can make a Win7 or Win8 Windows To Go flash drive with pretty much any flash drive, at least ones that can be made reliably bootable.

 

I did not use Win8 Enterprise. It was Win8 Pro x64.

 

Obviously I'm not getting some of this. I have to admit I've never looked into Windows To Go, so it's very unfamiliar.

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I think part of my confusion came from this in ArtiMcD's OP: "Windows 2 Go is nothing more than installing win 7/8 on a USB stick inside a .vhd file and setting the bootmanager on the usb key to boot the windows instance in the vhd file." I think you can see where I might think the VHD and Win2Go go together.

 

Also the instructions I followed talk about Windows To Go: http://pureinfotech.com/2011/09/28/how-to-create-a-windows-to-go-usb-drive-in-windows-8-step-by-step/

 

 

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