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Windows 8 fits on a thumb drive

September 15, 2011 3:54pm
More than 20 years after its venerable Disk Operating System (DOS) ran off removable media, Microsoft is giving its upcoming Windows 8 operating system the ability to do so once again.

The new "Windows to Go" feature in Windows 8 will let IT administrators provide workers with a portable Windows environment on a USB thumb drive, PC World reported.

“Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 that enables enterprise administrators to create USB drives containing complete, managed Windows images that users can use to boot and run Windows on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 capable computer," PC World quoted a summary of a session at the BUILD Windows conference in California as saying.

It added the “Windows To Go" feature makes it possible for employees to use a "managed device" whether they work from home, a client office or in a free seating environment."

But it is not clear for now if the feature is for general or enterprise use only, or if it requires a separate fee.

Since Microsoft introduced its Windows operating system, the OS has had to be installed on a computer's hard drive.

However, some free utilities had been made that can boot from an optical drive and run a pre-Windows install environment. — TJD, GMA News
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