Windows 8 on USB
Microsoft’s latest Operating System named Windows 8 has a close relationship with USB devices. This post talks basically about USB sticks which can store information and this post does not explores what all USB devices can be connected to a Windows 8 computer. The most important relationship of Windows 8 and USB devices is the support for USB 3.0 and ofcourse older USB devices like USB 2.0 etc. USB 3.0 devices can exchange data at much higher rate than their USB 2.0 counterpart devices. Windows 8 to Go is a functionality in Windows 8 which works only with USB 3.0 devices. You can even mount a Windows 8 iso file to a USB stick and then install Windows 8 on some other computer using the USB device.
USB 3.0 is definitely the data transfer technology of today. In case your computer’s motherboard supports plugging in USB 3.0 devices, there are good chances that you would not need to install any other driver and Windows 8 will take care of the required drivers automatically. In case you do transfer data between your computer and USB devices frequently, this is the time to migrate to USB 3.0 devices. Yes USB sticks are sort of expensive but time saved would be much more worth as compared to USB 2.0 devices. PCI Express Cards are available in the market to add USB 3.0 ports to your Desktop Computer. In case you motherboard does not supports USB 3.0 ports, and you do want to use USB 3.0 devices, get a PCI Express card and let your data transfer speed go rocket high.
In case you have Windows 8 iso file of either 32 bit version of 64 bit version and a USB stick of around 4 GB, you can transfer the iso image file of Windows 8 to your USB and then boot and install Windows 8 from your USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 memory stick. Free Software Utility from Microsoft titled Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool can be used to burn an iso file to USB or to a DVD. Yes USB 3.0 Memory Stick will save you time and efforts and ofcourse DVD is a traditional and rugged solution. In case you do want to install Windows 8 from a USB memory stick to a computer, the target computer must support booting from a USB device. Find out more on how to transfer the iso file to USB or to a DVD by following this post.
Windows 8 to Go is a solution by Microsoft to takeaway an installed copy of Windows 8 onto a USB device. This functionality can be launched from Control Panel and USB 3.0 Memory Stick is a basic requirement. As more and more electronic devices follow USB 3.0 format, easier & cheaper, it would be to use. Yes Microsoft and other Electronic Companies are trying their best to save you time, efforts and money.