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    Feb 2006

    Default Can I install Windows 8 to a flash drive or do I need to make a dual boot system?

    I own an Acer laptop that is runing Windows 7. I love Windows 7 and finally made the move from Windows XP but I really like Windows 8. Yet I'm nowhere near ready to make it my only OS. I know one possible option is a dual boot system. If I need to go that route I may be posting again in the future to find out how I can make a dual boot Windows 7/Windows 8 system. Yet I like trying different OS's and already have two USB sticks that are ChromeOS and Ubuntu Linux. I purchase 4GB flash drives and buy the fast drives.
    The question is is it possible to install and then boot from a Windows 8 USB Flash Drive? If so, how would I go about doing this? Also, what is the minimum size USB Flash Drive that could be used? I want at least some room to work with and install apps but it won't be my primary OS. If it's not possible to do this how would I go about making a dual boot system? Already I have a 500GB HD with Windows 7 installed but I believe I'd have to repartition and hope to avoid having to reinstall Windows 7 since I have so many installed apps.
    Thanks for help with the above.

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    Member Spyware Fighter zep516's Avatar
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    Dec 2005
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    Hi markw10,

    If you would like to look further into this I found an interesting link for you, not sure if this is exactly what you had in mind but interesting never the less.

    53 - Windows 8 To Go (boot Windows 8 from a USB drive!) - RMPrepUSB


    Have a look here too,

    Last edited by zep516; 03-18-2013 at 07:47 PM.

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