[Guide] How to Create Portable Version of Windows 8 on USB Drive Using “Windows To Go” Feature?

One of the most impressive and most talked about features introduced in Windows 8 is "Windows To Go". "Windows To Go" is a brand new feature ever introduced in any Windows version which helps users in creating a portable live version of fully functional Windows 8 OS which is known as "Windows To Go Workspace". It saves the portable Windows 8 environment on a USB drive which can be used in any other PC to start Windows 8 immediately.

If you have this portable version of Windows 8, you don't need to install it again in any other computer system. You just need to insert the USB drive in the computer and boot the computer. That's it. You'll have a full version of Windows 8 running in that computer within seconds.

This type of portable version of Windows 8 might become very useful if you are traveling and don't have access to your personal computer. You just need to carry the USB drive with you and you can insert the USB drive in any other computer system and you are ready to work in your very own Windows 8 OS.


Although all types of USB drives should work for creating portable Windows 8 version but you should always use a USB drive having "Designed for Windows" logo on it. Regarding the host computer system which will run this portable Windows 8 version, it should pass the minimum system requirements to use Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS. If the computer system has been certified to use Windows 7 or Windows 8, it'll run this portable version of Windows 8 without any problem. Basically the host computer system must have at least 1GHz processor and 2 GB RAM.

Now the question comes how to create this portable version of Windows 8? The "Windows To Go" feature is only available in Windows 8 Enterprise edition so you'll first need the Enterprise version. Don't worry! You can download a 90-day trial version of fully functional Windows 8 Enterprise edition absolutely free using following link:

Download 90-Day Trial Version of Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Absolutely Free

Install Windows 8 Enterprise edition and then you can launch "Windows To Go" wizard from Control Panel. Follow the easy steps and you'll have a bootable USB drive in your hand which will run a portable version of Windows 8 anywhere in any PC.


Now the good news is that Microsoft is offering a free guide for creating portable Windows 8 environment using Windows To Go feature which can be downloaded using following link:

Download Free Guide to Create Portable Windows 8 Using Windows To Go Feature

Its a .docx file which can be opened in a word processor such as Microsoft Word. Its a small guide consists of 7 pages only. It helps you in learning how to create the portable Windows 8 USB drive as well as how to use it in a host computer.

Thanks to our friend Rob Margel for sharing it...

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