So, it’s been ages since I last published an article or a tutorial. Well…I’m kind of lazy, and I’ve been quite busy with IB recently.
Anyways, today I will show you how you can create a Windows 8/8.1 installation that is able to be booted from a USB! I mentioned about this already back in March, but here is the tutorial, based on my own experience!
What you need:
- A USB drive, probably a USB hard drive with at least 16-20GB of storage, although more is better, especially for Windows 8.1 since you can use the Windows Store on Windows 8.1.
- A copy of Windows 8 or 8.1 Enterprise installation media (get it from your company, or google it yourself).
- An existing installation of Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, either on a real machine or in a virtual machine.
- Boot up your Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise installation, either on a real PC or in a virtual machine.
- Insert your Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise installation media. If doing this on a virtual machine, go to settings or similar for your VM software, and make sure that the iso file for the Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise is attached and connected to the VM.
- Go to control panel, the easiest way to do this is to press Windows key+R, and type control into the run box and press enter or click OK.
- Find an item that says something like ‘Windows To Go’.
- Open it, and then follow the on-screen instruction, and insert your USB drive. Note if doing this on a VM, make sure that the drive you’re going to install Windows 8/8.1 To Go is selected and connected to the VM!
- Select your Enterprise image to use; usually there will be only 1. Note before you proceed, make sure that you back up all essential data on the USB drive as they will be wiped out!
- Wait for the wizard to complete copying files to the USB drive.
- Once done, try booting it. I highly recommend that you boot it on a real machine, not a VM! Also make sure that your machine can boot from a USB! Check with your machine’s manufacturer for help.
- Install apps, customize, and do whatever you want with your newly-created portable Windows 8/8.1!
And there you have it! A portable Windows 8/8.1 that you can carry around! You can even use this as an emergency OS, in case your main one becomes inoperable!