Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Windows to Go USB Drive

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5 Responses

  1. Franta says:

    Please, which Transcend 32GB USB 3.0 exactly you used?
    Thank you.

  2. Zubair Alexander says:

    I believe it was JetFlash Transcend 32 GB.

  3. Shiv says:

    Hello Zubair,

    Thank You for the amazing article.

    Do we know if this works for Windows 7 too? I have a custom Windows 7 WIM which i applied onto a USB drive but it threw a Windows error while booting form the Drive.

    On Windows 8:
    Once we boot thru the flash drive can we install Applications like MS office?


  4. Zubair Alexander says:

    Hi Shiv, your computer must be Windows 7 or Windows 8 certified to boot off of Windows to Go. Just make sure your system is configured to boot from a USB drive. The answer to your second questions is “yes.” All apps that work on Windows 8 should also run on Windows to Go. According to Microsoft the only exception is that “any applications that use hardware binding (usually for licensing and/or digital rights management reasons) may not run when you roam your Windows To Go drive between different host computers, and you may have to use those applications on the same host computer every time.” Check out Windows to Go FAQ at for more details.

  5. Shiv says:

    Thank You for the prompt response Zubair. Let me summarize what I did.

    1. Performed Diskpart (clean/Format=NTFS/Active/Assign)
    2. Ran Imagex to Apply the Custom WIM on to the Pen Drive (PD)
    3. From a working Windows 7 machine ran the below command from an elevated prompt. (D:\ is the PD letter)
    bcdboot.exe C:\windows /S D:\ (The bcdboot command that you specified on the post doesnt work for Windows 7, so i had to modify it a bit).
    4. Connected the PD to a Dell machine and hit F12(One time boot menu), USB PD showed up, selected the USB PD and started. Windows start to boot and below is what i get.

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the
    cause. To fix the problem:

    1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    2. Choose your language settings, and then click “Next.”
    3. Click “Repair your computer.”

    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer
    manufactured for assistance.

    File: \windows\system32\winload.exe

    Status: 0xc000000e

    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
    missing or corrupt

    Any thoughts would be highly appreciated.


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