Windows To Go is a new feature that comes with Windows 8. This will let you run Windows 8 straight from a USB rather than an internal hard drive, which lets you move around and use almost any hardware without much effort. There is a bunch of information from Microsoft here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831833.aspx if you care to read further.
Why use Windows To Go instead of just doing a few tricks and installing Windows 8 on a USB?
- Windows To Go blocks access to the local hard drive – this may be good in corporate environments, but bad for home users and enthusiasts (which is why Windows To Go is part of Windows 8 Enterprise and not all flavours)
- Windows To Go has built in protection if you accidently unplug your USB stick. It will wait 60 seconds before killing off your frozen Windows 8 session. If you plug in the USB stick again before the 60 seconds is up, your session will continue with a little warning about the dangers of unplugging a USB stick.
- It’s an official supported way of running Windows 8 off a USB stick. SCCM 2012 is supported talking to the device too, so you can roll out apps the same way you would to any other PC in a Microsoft supported fashion.
- Licensing. As taken from Microsoft’s FAQ (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj592680.aspx#wtg_faq_who ):
Wndows To Go allows organization to support the use of privately owned PCs at the home or office with more secure access to their organizational resources. With Windows To Go use rights under Software Assurance, an employee will be able to use Windows To Go on any company PC licensed with Software Assurance as well as from their home PC. Additionally, through a new companion device license for Software Assurance, employees will be able to use Windows To Go on their personal computers at work.
Using the official method of creating a Windows To Go USB stick ensures you’re using hardware that meets Microsoft’s specifications and has been tested.
The first caveat for Windows To Go is that as of the time of writing this post, there are only two USB sticks supported (You can’t just use any USB stick!);
- Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate specialized for Windows To Go (http://www.kingston.com/wtg/)
- Super Talent Express RC8 for Windows To Go (http://www.supertalent.com/wtg/)