Skip to comments.Windows 8 Will Let You Store The Entire Operating System On A USB Drive And Use It On Any PC
Posted on 07/09/2012 8:27:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
MicrosoftMicrosoft just demonstrated a feature of Windows 8 called Windows To Go that lets you store Windows 8 on a USB drive and use it on other PCs.
Windows To Go puts all your apps, settings, etc. on your USB stick. From there, you pop it into another PC and a full version of Windows 8 is up and running. It even works on machines running older versions of Windows.
Essentially, it's the entire operating system stored on a USB drive. Very cool.
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Call it Windows 8 on a stick. During Microsofts Digital Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday, Microsoft showed off a USB stick that doesnt just help users bring their personal data to different PCs but actually runs Windows 8 on that PC even if it runs on Windows 7.
The portable version of Windows 8, dubbed Windows To Go, saves users apps and settings on a 32GB USB drive so users can make any computer seem like their home computer. Microsoft pitched the USB stick as a simple way for corporate users to easily access their work data on multiple PCs while still enjoying access to Windows 8.
yet, you will not want to use this operating system anywhere. I’ve tried Windows 8, and it’s beyond awful.
The Metro interface still sucks.
Maybe if it looked less like the screen from Idiocracy..?
So instead of the "Start" button it has an "Ow, My Balls" button?
Wow, just now catching up to what the Linux community has been doing for years.
LOLOL! Damn, I miss those BDoD things!
I turned on my laptop, which I hardly ever use to do the www.dns-ok.us check, and there was Windows 8..it had installed itself. I didn't do it-didn't want it.
I usually use firefox, and my ff icon was gone. It still shows in my program files, but the old version. Weird.
This is just your operating system, not your data. I don’t see how this will do anything for productivity!
The portability feature sounds really nice. Too bad it’s part of a crappy O/S. Put the Windows 7 User Interface back and they might have something.
Microsoft is telling you to “stick it”.....in one of your other computers....
Something done wrong the first time will not cure itself the second time it is insalled.....
“Essentially, it’s the entire operating system stored on a USB drive. Very cool.”
And very old. Linux has been able to do this for a long time — off a USB, off a CD, off a DVD, off a spare partition, off a virtual desktop, etc.
It is good news, though. You’ll be able to have a Windows USB so you don’t have to have it taking up space on your drive — I like that.
Yeah. Welcome to the 21st century. Linux has been doing this since optical drives have been able to boot the computer.
I hope you seriously don’t expect anyone to believe that.
Win8 can’t install itself unless you did it manually.
What is this, a thread for homos? Did not anyone notice the total babe holding that thumb drive but me?
And when you lose the stick??????????? lol
Just curious. All these years Redmond has been saying that your windoze license was always for one computer and one computer only. I guess the thinking here is what - that the performance of “windoze on a stick” will be such that nobody will want to do this except as a temporary convenience as opposed to a permanent solution?
Basically I wonder what their bean counters think about this?
So, I’m going to plug this into a piece of hardware Without an OS? What is the point?
I saw her.
She’s there as a distraction from the crappy product they’re selling.
A boot disk? How is this novel? I remember using those with Macs in the bad old days nearly twenty years ago.
Most probably filed it under "The Art of Distraction".
Otherwise, there's usually nothing appealing about MS, at least not in a long time.
The last time I really used that computer was when we would have the "24" threads on Monday night.
The phone company guy used it when he set up my network a few months ago, but he used firefox, and just did some stuff to link the tv, and all my computers.
I don't see why he'd have put windows 8 on it.
Good point. I remember an article by an industry journalist test driving an early version of XP. He's on a plane, and changed some thing on the laptop, and XP started asking for a new license/auth code because the hardware profile changed
Yup.. Still have a 256meg stick with linux on it. I use it to boot windows machines that won’t boot on their own. Go in, fix the windows problems and get it up and running.
Also great for booting machines with lost administrator passwords so one can “recover” the password.
looks stoned out of her mind to me.
I don't think she's really all that attractive... but then again, blondes don't usually do it for me.
Absolutely. I’ve experienced this many times myself.
And more recently when I do a linux software upgrade and something changes with regard to virtual box, the windoze that’s running as a virtual machine on top of vbox thinks that the “hardware” has “changed” and calls home to Redmond.
So this idea seems contrary to all of that but it might be a bit like when the record companies made peace with analog copying to cassette tapes and such because the thought was that the experience was somehow degraded.
While this is cool, the security implications are a little bit frightening.
I admit she was the first thing I noticed when the thread opened, but I didn’t think she was attractive. There is something about her that gave me the willies...maybe the pursed lips, something.
I did think the comment by Lee’sGhost was hilarious though!
That said, I think that kind of flexibility is a good thing. I have used that kind of functionality for years on the Mac, carrying a firewire drive around and booting any mac from it (any mac that had firewire and OS X) I found it to be a useful troubleshooting tool. If it boots normally from the disk, it most likely isn’t a hardware problem other than possibly the hard drive itself.
I don’t find the Windows 8 interface appealing at all (The “Idiocracy” reference made me LOL!) but I would have to try it first.
Sometimes things that don’t appear to be useful or efficient, can in actual use, be quite good once you understand the concept. I think it is a hideous interface, with icons designed like what you would see in a train station or an airport (they actually did that deliberately, as they proudly stated in the roll-out video!)
But I will reserve judgement. You never know, it just might be better. Don’t care for the look, though.
I do see this might be a rather bad thing from an enterprise perspective, though. Lots of retraining, though I venture to guess a lot of people will do better with this than they did with Windows 95. Seemed like EVERYONE had to be trained on that, but going from 95 to XP wasn’t bad, training wasn’t that much of an issue.
“...there was Windows 8..it had installed itself. I didn’t do it-didn’t want it.”
Another *feature* of Windows. Remember when they called *bugs*, *features*? LOL.
Dark.. please don’t fall into the dark shadows..
I have been on PCs since before DOS existed.. been through many OSs.. these childish cat-fights push people away from other OSs..
Mac is a faggy OS.. Windows is a Lazy OS.. Unix/Linux is a Geek OS... ... ... crap.. where would I go?! :/
(Both MS and Mac) are Liberal/socialist/communist supporters... .. well, leaves me one place to go.. Linux..
BUT.. prob is, most people today have NO idea how to run it (I will say that it IS getting better)... but there are so many levels to understand the difference (not to mention HOW to upgrade.. run the things we need on MS)..
I am actually starting to get pissed off thinking bout it.. fan-boy this.. fan-boy that...
Just jump in here and help us sometimes, and things will go much smoother.. Stop calling people n00bs.. stop talking like you are the king (not direct to you Dark)..
I remember the days when I had control of all of my ‘friends’.. I was the only one who knew DOS in my town (NOT a programming language.. but an operating system)..
I mean.. how technical do we need to get to prove our point.. yet confuse the majority of the computer users?
I will ALWAYS hate Mac (and this goes back to the Commodore/AMIGA wars in the 80s)..
They will always hate MS... and neither will give in to Linux unless there is something that gets their attention.
I think the major hold-back now is that the majority of the Linux ‘gurus’ love their position of ‘KNOWLEDGE’... and are about 90% jerks... and love to show it :/
They present ‘helpful’ info.. but it is only ‘helpful’ to those that already know.. or at least partially understand Linux.. heck Unix was much easier than this...
Dark, I am in NO way accusing any FReepers of this.. but this is what I have observed since I have gotten serious with Linux. I tried it out 12 years ago.. didn’t like .. 10 years ago.. didn’t like it.. 4 (or so) years ago.. didn’t like it. FINALLY.. about 3-4 months ago, I liked it.. and try to (re)learn it... but the ‘guru’ side of it is very DISTASTEFUL. :/
I HIGHLY respect you and all the other FReepers.. but sometimes, maybe, there would be much better tech support here than on (even specific) Linux forums..
Take care all, and I meant no disrespect :) Long live FR and our republic (and screw the fag corporations)
I liked XP, and Se7en.
I detest Vista and Win8 reminds me of the fiasco that was Microsoft Bob.
I’ll move to Se7en and wait it out for a better OS than 8 to come along.
Likewise, I liked the stability of XP (after the updates).. and Win7 is a Godsend (except for the fact of the person/corp) it comes from :p
I have been tester for MS since XP.. I get the good stuff before it get released... but I think I end the line here..
I will attempt to go Linux from here on out. (Win8 seems like a disaster, to me)..
Like I said, 8 reminds em of the Microsoft Bob adventure.
All it needs next is a talking animated paperclip and a guide avatar that greets you when you sign in.
And the metro interface still sucks.
It reminds me of something Andy Warhol ‘painted’.
Oh.. I have NOT tested Win8.. I didn’t like it from the ‘get’go’. something is wrong there :p
7 was the last I tested (even Vista was pretty good in the RS stage.. most drivers were there.. Win7 was awsome.. had drivers during install.. better than most Linux paks)..
LMAO :) (we were typing at same time, I guess) :)
No idea what the ‘Bob’ adventure is.. but I did hate trying to get rid of the talking paper-clip.. :p I guess it would have assisted many here in Japan.. but it only irritated me :p I was happy to walk them through what to do without the paper-clip (or the talking dolphin, not sure if that is Japan specific)..
I don’t see how they had any other choice — Apple is pwning the education-age market. A portable OS will help — a little — given the vast number of legacy boxes out there...
The wikipoedia page about it.
It was a horrid attempt to do away with the familiar windows interface and go to a graphical interface.
It was not well received.
Of course, the true believers went all out zealot on people over it.
And the people who didn’t fall for hype and advertising said, “Hey, this really bites!”
what thumb drive??
Sounds great to me. And they say Microsoft doesn’t push the industry forward.
Ah.. lol, thought it was something recent... I was still DOS when 3.11 came out... (MSDoS 6.2, I think). I had, if I remember correctly, 11 floppies (3.5) to install 3.1... then (with BBS support), you could upgrade... :p
ANYWAY.. LONG ago (kids today would have NO idea what it took :/) I had actually made contact with shortwave to Australia.. before it had been public :p
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