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Windows 7: Running Windows 7 from a USB stick / Drive


11 Oct 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Running Windows 7 from a USB stick / Drive

Hi all
I know there have been some discussions on this but I found this thread which actually DOES work for getting an XP system to work from a USB.
(Not only the install but actually Booting and running).

Ngine.de - How to install and run a FULL Windows XP from a USB drive

In theory something like this *could* work for Windows 7 --- anybody had a go yet.

Note - instead of Disconnecting Hard drives as specified in the link just disable them in the Bios - it's quicker and easier.

I know MS says its not possible but people seem to be able to find a way to do amazing things with computers.

Cheers
jimbo.


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11 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All I know is, if you can get Windows 7 running off a USB, I'd love one of those 32gb sticks with a full copy on it.
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12 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Even if it is possible, you wouldn't want to. The performance would be so bad, it wouldn't be usable. That's why eSATA was created, so you could run an actual OS from an external drive, if you needed to, for some reason.
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12 Oct 2009   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
I know there have been some discussions on this but I found this thread which actually DOES work for getting an XP system to work from a USB.
(Not only the install but actually Booting and running).

Ngine.de - How to install and run a FULL Windows XP from a USB drive

In theory something like this *could* work for Windows 7 --- anybody had a go yet.

Note - instead of Disconnecting Hard drives as specified in the link just disable them in the Bios - it's quicker and easier.

I know MS says its not possible but people seem to be able to find a way to do amazing things with computers.

Cheers
jimbo.
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12 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Even if it is possible, you wouldn't want to. The performance would be so bad, it wouldn't be usable. That's why eSATA was created, so you could run an actual OS from an external drive, if you needed to, for some reason.
I remember reading somewhere that you could buy an eSata stick.
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12 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also with USB 3.0 on the way, wouldn't the performance be as good with that as the standard SATA?
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