Browse Definitions :

BACKGROUND IMAGE: iSTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

This content is part of the Essential Guide: Post-XPalypse: Surviving a world changed by Windows 8.1 features
Definition

Windows To Go

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Windows To Go is a feature of the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system that allows it to be copied to a USB device, such as a flash drive or a portable hard drive. Users can boot and run a full implementation of the OS from the device.

Windows To Go allows mobile users to plug the USB drive into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on another computing device and use Windows 8 as if it was the device’s native operating system. However, the initial release is only supported on USB 3.0-compatible Intel-based PCs, which means that it doesn't work with the Surface tablet, iPads or Android devices.

Users can change configuration settings and save data to the device or to a network drive or cloud storage service, such as Microsoft’s SkyDrive. To prevent data leakage, the Windows To Go workspace remains isolated from the host device’s operating system.

Benefits of Windows To Go include providing mobile users with the familiar corporate desktop from anywhere and facilitating cloud DR. However, some critics argue that the small size of the devices makes them vulnerable to loss or theft, which could put corporate data at risk.

Microsoft has certified USB drives from a number of manufacturers, including Imation, Kingston and Western Digital, who will ship devices with the OS installed. The OS image can also be copied to a USB device through a Windows 8 OS feature.

Operating systems on USB drives are sometimes referred to as live USBs.

See a brief Windows To Go demo:

This was last updated in October 2012

Continue Reading About Windows To Go

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

So basically, they stole the concept of Puppy Linux, fixed certain bugs, rounded out rough edges, etc. made it aimed for corporate use, and used a full sized OS instead.
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk ...

SearchStorage

  • business impact analysis (BIA)

    Business impact analysis (BIA) is a systematic process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to ...

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...

  • dedicated cloud

    A dedicated cloud is a single-tenant cloud infrastructure, which essentially acts as an isolated, single-tenant public cloud.

Close