Main Threads:Windows to Go Creator
  • I used the Windows to Go Creator Wizard to create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB hard drive. After setting the boot sequence so that the USB hard drive is first the computer did indeed boot to the USB hard drive and Windows 8.1 started, configured my devices and restarted. Upon this restart though, the USB drive was bypassed totally and the computer booted to my "C:\" drive. The USB drive is recognized by my computer and shows that 6.42GB was installed on it. How come this happened?

  • Hello mdonah,


    We are so sorry for the delayed response. Could you please tell us what is the size of your USB drive? To create Windows To Go, needs at least 13GB disk space.


    Best Regards,

    AOMEI Support Team

  • Is this to make a bootable AOMEI Backup utility or to make Windows 7 or 8.1 totally bootable from a thumb drive?  How could you make the entire OS bootable since if you boot to different hardware Microsoft will ask for you to re-validate.  Where is the Windows to Go wizzard?

  • Hello Andrew,


    This function is to make Windows 8 (not Windows 7 and other older Windows) and later versions totally bootable from a USB thumb drive.


    "How could you make the entire OS bootable since if you boot to different hardware Microsoft will ask for you to re-validate."

    It needs the support of Windows. Only Windows 8 and its later version supports this.


    You can find this function in AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition (freeware) and paid versions, like in the picture below:

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    If you have any other questions please feel free to let us know.


    Best Regards,

    AOMEI Support Team


  • I had used an 80GB drive for the Windows to go wizard initially and it didn't work. I had a160GB drive that I tried the wizard with and it does work. Apparently, Windows 8.1 sees that size or larger drive as fixed instead of removable. The installation DVD won't allow installation to a USB connected drive but the Windows to go wizard apparently overcomes this obstacle.


    I've only run Windows 8.1 on my computer though. I don't currently have access to another computer I can try running Windows 8.1 from the USB drive on.

  • Hello mdonah,


    Thank you for your information. Could you please tell us what is the model number of the disk that did not work.


    If you have any other questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to let us know.


    Best Regards,

    AOMEI Support Team

  • Unfortunately, I can't get the specific model number. The model number is HM080JI if that helps. It's a Samsung SATA drive that came in a USB enclosure when I purchased it. Of note, to me, is the additional capacity it has (74.56GB instead of the usual 74.53GB).

  • Hi mdonah,


    Thanks a lot for your support. I will report it to our testers, so that they can analyze the problem. In my opinion, there should not have such a problem. As you said, after complete creating Windows To Go, the usb drive only be recognized that 6.42GB was installed on it, so the create process may have not been completed successfully. Maybe you can re-test it.


    If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to let us know.


    Best Regards,

    AOMEI Support Team

  • Good news!:) I tried again with the Samsung drive but plugged it in to a rear USB port on my Dell Precision M70 instead of a side USB port and it worked! Apparently, my computer sees the rear ports as primary ports and the side ports as secondary and if I want to boot an OS, I have to plug in to a rear port.

  • Hi


    I wanted to report that the Windows To Go Creator doesn't seem to recognise the win8 & win8.1 wim files that come with the US Windows upgrade downloads from Microsoft. A screenshot on your instruction page shows the file being named Install.wim -- renaming the boot.wim in these downloads had no effect.


    I tried the Windows To Go Creator with a win8 install DVD, a win8.1 install DVD, a win8.1 install USB stick, ISOs created from the 2 DVDs, & the win8 boot.wim in the original ESD I downloaded from Microsoft when I purchased win8. The DVDs & USB stick were all created using win8 & win8.1 web setup downloads from Microsoft, & the DVDs were used for 4 installations so they should be good.


    Unfortunately the Windows To Go Creator presented an error message that it could not recognize the wim file in every case -- when I tried using the ISO files it said it failed to extract the wim. I tried the Standard [free] version, & yesterday's GOTD, and I tried them in win7 64, plus 2 VirtualBox VMs, one win7 32 bit, & one win7 64 bit.



  • I'm having the same problem as above. Windows 8.1 doesn't have an install.wim file, it has only a boot.wim..  How can I get Windows to Go Creator to work

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