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July 10, 2013 3:52:13 PM

I want to create a portable/bootable Windows 7 USB pen drive.
Can anyone provide me with a step-by-step guide on how to do this?
Any advice will help.
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July 10, 2013 4:02:38 PM

Brainwaste said:
I want to create a portable/bootable Windows 7 USB pen drive.
Can anyone provide me with a step-by-step guide on how to do this?
Any advice will help.


Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool
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a c 518 $ Windows 7
July 10, 2013 4:05:09 PM

Or did you mean installing Win7 on to a USB and booting from that. That is significantly more difficult.
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July 10, 2013 4:05:32 PM

I would be looking at linux to do that.
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July 10, 2013 4:31:37 PM

I want ton install Windows 7 on a usb thumb drive, boot off the usb thumb drive and run Windows 7 as a functional
os. I am NOT trying to install Windows 7 onto a computer from the usb drive. Is what I want to do clear?
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July 10, 2013 4:58:17 PM

Brainwaste said:
I want ton install Windows 7 on a usb thumb drive, boot off the usb thumb drive and run Windows 7 as a functional
os. I am NOT trying to install Windows 7 onto a computer from the usb drive. Is what I want to do clear?


Clear.
And I've not found anything reliable/easy for that for Windows 7.

One of the problems is drivers. If you put that stick in another PC...what happens?

Here is one solution:
http://reboot.pro/topic/9193-tutorial-boot-and-run-wind...

Another way to do it is via a portable VM, Win7 installed in the VM

Neither way is especially 'easy'. Windows wasn't designed for this.

Windows 8 Enterprise has 'Windows to go'.
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July 10, 2013 5:17:43 PM

Thanks for the links. I will derinitly try Windows 8 "to go" on a usb thumb drive.
If Win 7 is too hard to use like this is it possible with Windows XP?

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July 10, 2013 5:27:05 PM

Brainwaste said:
Thanks for the links. I will derinitly try Windows 8 "to go" on a usb thumb drive.
If Win 7 is too hard to use like this is it possible with Windows XP?



There are other procedures for XP, but it is even more involved.
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July 10, 2013 5:37:34 PM

But I understand that Windows 8 Enterprise is a server version. Is this correct?
Also, does Windows 8 Enterprise "win to go" have the same os functionality as
Win 7 or XP?
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July 10, 2013 5:50:45 PM

Brainwaste said:
But I understand that Windows 8 Enterprise is a server version. Is this correct?
Also, does Windows 8 Enterprise "win to go" have the same os functionality as
Win 7 or XP?


Win 8 Enterprise extends the capabilities of Windows 8 Pro, bringing along a lot of business features. Not a 'server'.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/produ...

Server 2012 would be the server version. Much like Server 2008 R2 is the Windows 7 Server version.
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July 10, 2013 5:52:45 PM

8 Enterprise is apparently only available via a business class license, and probably not cheap.
"Windows 8 Enterprise is available exclusively as a benefit of Microsoft Software Assurance through Volume Licensing programs such as Select Plus, Enterprise Agreement, and Enterprise Subscription Agreement."

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/wind...
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July 10, 2013 6:09:40 PM

Based on all the evidence it appears that Micro$oft wants to make it as hard as possible for the
consumers like us to be able to have a portable/bootable Windows OS. I will still look into
Windows 8 Enterprise on a bootable usb. This will be a superb challange.
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July 10, 2013 6:17:18 PM

Brainwaste said:
Based on all the evidence it appears that Micro$oft wants to make it as hard as possible for the
consumers like us to be able to have a portable/bootable Windows OS. I will still look into
Windows 8 Enterprise on a bootable usb. This will be a superb challange.


Win 8 Ent will do it. Can you get it at a reasonable price is the question.
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July 10, 2013 6:28:35 PM

What do you recommend that I use to copy Win 8 Ent to my usb drive? ImgBurn? Win2flash?
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July 10, 2013 6:36:21 PM

Brainwaste said:
What do you recommend that I use to copy Win 8 Ent to my usb drive? ImgBurn? Win2flash?


Do you have a valid key for it?
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July 10, 2013 6:39:49 PM

Yes.
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July 10, 2013 6:45:20 PM

The previously mentioned Windows 7 USB tool should work. It works for all other version of 8.
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July 11, 2013 3:46:08 PM

What is your personal experience with the Win 8 Enterprise "Win to go" usb drive? Do you have & use one?
Tell me some of your experiences with it? Pros & Cons.
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July 11, 2013 3:57:05 PM

I've not used Win 8 Enterprise. I just mentioned it in passing as a possible option. , If you have a Windows 8 Enterprise license. Which is not widely available.
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July 11, 2013 4:12:05 PM

Win 8 Enterprise is an option that I will probably use as it has alot to offer.
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July 11, 2013 4:12:07 PM

Win 8 Enterprise is an option that I will probably use as it has alot to offer.
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July 11, 2013 4:16:55 PM

Brainwaste said:
Win 8 Enterprise is an option that I will probably use as it has alot to offer.


And you'll get it from where?

'How to buy', from Microsoft:
"Windows 8 Enterprise is available exclusively as a benefit of Microsoft Software Assurance through Volume Licensing programs such as Select Plus, Enterprise Agreement, and Enterprise Subscription Agreement."
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July 11, 2013 4:55:40 PM

Where will I get a Windows 8 Enterprise License? A very good question. At this time, I don't know. But
where theres a will, theres a way.
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July 11, 2013 5:38:18 PM

The above linked "How to buy" shows where.
It will not be cheap.
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July 11, 2013 6:44:24 PM

I'll start saving my pennies. What is the difference between a regular license & a "Volume License"?
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July 11, 2013 6:49:34 PM

Or...you could try the other, far less costly alternative.

A portable VM, with your choice of windows installed.
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July 11, 2013 7:43:51 PM

To install Windows 7 Ultimate on a usb thumb drive I will choose either Windows Virtual PC, Virtual Box &
VMWare Workstation. All three have solid options. I also might create three different thumb drives each one running a different vm software just as an exercise.
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December 19, 2013 5:02:16 AM

Brainwaste said:
I want to create a portable/bootable Windows 7 USB pen drive.
Can anyone provide me with a step-by-step guide on how to do this?
Any advice will help.


You can make bootable pen-drive without using any software.
step by step guide to make bootable pen-drive(with snapshot) is here. http://ithelpergroup.com/create-bootable-pen-drive-wind...
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