How to run Windows 8 from a USB drive?

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    maddox

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    Hello forum!

    I have installed Windows 8 on my desktop computer, but I would like to install it on to a USB drive so that I can use it on other computers and take a portable operating system with me. My thinking is that I can boot from the USB drive at my school and at friends house, but all of my software will be on the drive.

    How can I do this with Windows 8? I heard about Windows 8 to go, but I can't see how I can get started?

    Please Help!
     
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    But runs fine with Consumer Preview.
    I have made several installations on different USB sticks. A good, fast 16 Gb USB 2.0 stick is sufficient.
    If you are interested in a German tutorial I can post a link.
     
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    Can you give me a link? I'll just send it through google translate. Wish me luck.
     
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    Victor Leigh

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    This is an interesting idea. Considering that Windows 8 is designed for use with tablets, I think this should be possible. Must I have a 16Gb usb drive? Can't Windows 8 be installed on a 8Gb usd drive?
     
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    See here: http://www.windows-8-futter.de/usb-stick-booten.html
    • "Windows 8 To Go" 64 bit occupies 7,5 Gb.
    • "Windows 8 To Go" 32 bit occupies 5,7 Gb. If 2,3 Gb space is enough then you can use a 8 Gb USB stick.
     
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    I read everywhere that at least 16Gb is needed to put Windows 8 on a pendrive. I am going to give this a try. It would be good to be able to take my entire os with me wherever I go.
     
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