Make a Windows To Go USB drive--without needing Windows Enterprise edition

Take Windows with you on a bootable USB drive

Windows To Go is an interesting feature that lets you boot Windows 8 on any computer from a USB drive. It's officially available only for the Windows Enterprise edition, but there are workarounds so you can use any version of Windows 8 or 8.1 to create the drive.

How-To Geek offers the step-by-step instructions. You'll need a USB thumb drive or external drive with at least 16GB of space (USB 3.0 is preferrable), Windows 8 or 8.1 installation media, and the free GImageX tool, which is the magic sauce that lets you create the Windows To Go drive without needing Microsoft's official creation tool.

Although there are a number of steps required, the instructions are clear, and once you're finished, you'll be able to boot into Windows on any computer. The first time you boot up with the drive, you'll have to set up Windows as usual, but after you set it up, your files and programs will be portable with you on that bootable drive. (It's much like a bootable Linux drive.)

This comes in handy if, say, you want to work off of Windows on your Mac or Macbook or if you want to bring Windows along on your travels.  

Check out the tutorial for getting Windows To Go set up.

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