Monday, April 18, 2011

Microsoft is working on getting Windows 8 to boot from a USB stick.

An early beta version of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system was leaked last week allowing users to take a peek at some of its features.

One of the most interesting features is Microsoft's Portable Workspace Creator, which allows Windows 8 to run from a USB storage device.

Users are saying that the minimum storage capacity required for a portable Windows 8 setup is 16GB, suggesting that the operating system will need at least that for a standard installation.

The ability to take an installation of Windows 8 around has both pros and cons for enterprises.

The ability to run a complete operating system from a USB drive isn't particularly new. Linux users have been able to do just that for years and these days Linux installation can even be done from a running Windows installation.

It's important to bear in mind that Microsoft often shows off features in early beta releases that do not make the final cut. There's no doubt that Portable Workspace Creator is a handy feature to have, but at this time there's no confirmation about whether it will available only to Windows 8 Enterprise users.

4 commentaires:

Fugazi said...

Would be nice to replace CDs

Anonimess said...

CDs are rather easily damaged so this would be good.

Eric Peterman said...

finally!

THDQ said...

Very nice, but you can do this with a wide variety of Linux distros already. Why pay for it?

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