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Windows 7: Boot from external drive via USB

17 Feb 2013   #1
win764x

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Boot from external drive via USB

Hi, I have a HP dv6 and I want to operating systems on 1 laptop. I don't want to partition the drive, I just want to boot from and external hard drive via USB.

My OS paths

C:/ Windows 7 (original)
?*:/ Windows 8 Pro (want to boot to)
*Don't know the path

I don't have a extra drive so I'm willing to buy one.

Any suggestions are appreciated Thanks


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17 Feb 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try this: Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive And if you get an external drive, get a 60GB SSD.
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21 Feb 2013   #3
win764x

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks whs, but I have one question - why do you need to use VMware player?
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21 Feb 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Main reason is that VMware Player becomes the 'Host' and you do not get problems with the activation as you move to different PCs. The other reason is that you can really only install the Enterprise edition on a stick without using VMware. Last reason is that it is the easiest t0 install on a USB attached device.

The Win8 CP and RP versions could be installed in another way. But that does not work with the commercial versions. This was my tutorial at the time. Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk
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23 Feb 2013   #5
win764x

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'll have to try it later because my computer just died (won't boot) and now I'm using my less powerful pc
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23 Feb 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem. We'll be here.
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08 Mar 2013   #7
win764x

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks
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