Created a working Windows To Go flashdrive but it won't accept my paid-for Windows 8 license key RRS feed

  • Question

  • I created a Windows To Go flash drive using 64-bit Windows 8.1. It boots and works perfectly except that I cannot activate it with the license key I got when I paid for Windows 8 last summer (I bought the digital download, ordered the optional disc, and carefully recorded the license key Microsoft e-mailed me). 

    I noticed that the "build" of the Windows To Go flash drive states "Windows 8 PRO," not Windows 8 or 8.1. Did I screw up and not install the right version of Windows to the drive? Is Windows To Go only for the PRO version of Windows 8 and not the regular version? I only worked on this as an experiment to see if I could boot Windows 8 on our work PC's (which are sadly still running XP), and I am so close! Where did I go wrong?

    Monday, January 20, 2014 6:04 PM


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  • Windows to Go is only available with Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise editions.

    Carey Frisch

    • Marked as answer by JohnSlivinski Monday, January 20, 2014 6:24 PM
    Monday, January 20, 2014 6:07 PM
  • Windows 8 PRO is Enterprise Edition? Official Windows to go only with Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise Edition. However, if you have no Enterprise Edition, you can try Aomei Partition Assistant and its new function "windows to go creator"



    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:37 AM
  • You can try WinToUSB, it is the first third-party software released to create Windows To Go drive.

    Very professional and easy to use!!!!

    Saturday, September 5, 2015 5:36 AM