It was not just the Metro UI and tiles that grabbed the attention of geeks & developers around the world. A feature by the name of Windows To Go which enables enterprise administrators to create USB drives containing complete, managed Windows images that can be used to boot and run Windows 10/8 on any machine, grabbed the most attention.
Windows To Go feature
Windows To Go makes it possible for employees to use a managed device such as USB drive, hard disk, flash drives even SD cards to work from home, a client office or in a library.
The working of this feature is as simple as plugging and ejecting a USB drive. You plug the USB drive with Windows 8, select it during boot, and in a few seconds, Windows Start appeared. Windows To Go, allows a person to copy their entire Windows 10/8 installation onto a USB drive with all of the personal files intact and the user can resume working on their own files and applications. Documents in Windows 10/8 are automatically synced to your SkyDrive. So you always carry your files with you and have a backup ready as well in the cloud.
- Windows will default boot to a Windows To Go drive if one is present
- Several drivers will be bundled and in case some aren’t there Windows Update will download them
- It will support both USB 2.0 and 3.0
- There is no Hibernate possible for a Windows To Go instance
- Windows To Go will work on legacy BIOS and UEFI firmware
- Crash and Dump will be available for Windows To Go instances.
The feature looks really promising and it was amongst the one that caught attention. A 32 GB USB Stick is recommended for Windows To Go feature. And yes Microsoft made a smart move. Everyone at the Build Windows conference were handed out a free 32 GB USB stick on Windows To Go.
Read: How to create a Windows to Go version of Windows 11.
Also read: Windows To Go feature puts a corporate copy of Windows on a USB drive.