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  1. THANKS for the insights on Windows 10 builds. I'm trying some different things. I thought it might have been one of the optional updates >> drivers, that were offered (that I installed) that caused the issue. There is a Realtec driver in there that I will definitely not install again (major PITA from Realtec drivers on other hardware in the past). Very valuable to know of issues others have had with anything 1904x. THANKS Surprised that the update process varies so much between builds.
  2. Seeking feedback on which Win 10 Version ' Update is the most stable. Was using, and now back to 16299-1709 in VHDX / MBR -- which was very solid. Recently tried 19043.1110 VHDX / GPT which is very unstable on same hardware -- frequent BSOD ' lockups. Using the awesome WinNTSetup as installer. With default Windows drivers. Feel free to recommend an app for updating drivers from what Windows uses. Thanks
  3. 10 v2004 ... I use this awesome app to install to VHDs. When I selected 10 v2004 in windows update, it failed stating something about would not install into a VHD. Does anyone know if 10 v2004 can be built and installed into a VHD? IOW, did this fail only because it was an update via windows update? Thanks
  4. Anyone figure out how to do a feature / build / version update (1703 to 1709) within a VHDX file? Normal updates (Win+X > Update & security) work fine, but MS will not allow version updates on a USB or VHD / VHDX drive. Tried obvious of mounting / attaching the VHDX, then cloning it to an internal partition, and then editing BCD to boot to the clone. Acts likes it going to boot to the VHDX clone (on the internal HDD partition), but just ends up with the eternal gray screen. Familiar with BOOTICE if that helps...TIA
  5. The first couple posts of this thread are a bit confusing as to what is the best tool or combination of tools. Would be nice to edit those to clarify what is now known to be the best method... Thanks
  6. That was my first thought, since the retail shelf does get pretty outdated. But still, never would have expected the USB 3.0 drivers on top of the line laptops to be that bad -- right out of the box. Thanks
  7. Wanted to see what the actual top speed of an mSATA SSD in an mSATA USB 3.0 enclosure might be, so went to a retail store with several top of the line laptops. Tried 5 of the highest priced laptops they had and was surprised that only one was over 400 MB /s. Even more surprised that 3 where barely over 100 MB / s. And yes, the SSD was plugged into ports that were clearly marked with the 'SS' for USB 3.0. Was using Crystal Disk Mark on one partition of the SSD to run tests on another partition of the SSD. Any ideas for why these top dollar laptops had such poor USB 3.0 performance? Guess it pays to test before you buy.
  8. Good to know, Thanks jaclaz BTW, found an easy way to get an XP VHD. Use these instructions to get the VHD from MS: http://www.picohelp.com/1264/how-to-run-windows-xp-in-windows-8-with-virtualbox-6-simple-steps.html If your not on Windows 7, and can’t extract from the WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file, then run that exe file and make a copy of the extraction folder (it creates) before clicking OK on the Windows 7 ONLY message (which deletes the extraction folder). Then use the tips in link above to get to the actual XP VHD. Then use a VM app as in link above to run the VHD.
  9. YES, THANK YOU. Did this: Bootice >> BCD Edit >> Set Default (made no difference). Then did this: Bootice (Physical Disk tab, system / boot partition chosen) >> Process PBR >> BOOTMGR (NTLDR was already selected, changed to BOOTMGR) >> Install / Config And that did it .!! Did not change / Process MBR since Windows NT 5.x / 6.x MBR was already selected. Bootice (Physical Disk tab, system / boot partition chosen) >> Process MBR >> Windows NT 5.x / 6.x MBR
  10. Desperate for help. Tried to install Windows XP to use a good laser printer (no good drivers after XP). Tried to use WinNTSetup v3.8.6 to make a XP VHD – no go. So then tried to use WinNTSetup v3.8.6 to install Windows XP to a 4 GB partition. Used my system / boot partition (with BCD files) as the boot drive. All seemed to go well until reboot and XP install said it could not find all the install files needed. Now stuck with a system that will only boot to a blue install error screen. Have EasyBCD and BOOTICE and tried to remove any reference to WindowsXP in any BCD files I could find on any partition – but system still wants to boot to the Windows XP install error screen. Now booting to system from a portable drive – that if I remove, system freezes. Don’t want to mess it up any worse. So could someone PLEASE tell me how to remove whatever it is that will not allow my normal BCD options to load at boot. MANY Thanks
  11. Yes, I used WinNTSetup to install 8.1 to a VHD (don't remember all the details (relearn when I do 10)). I keep a VHDa to use / update, and a VHDb to boot to for when I want to back up VHDa (both on my HDD). One issue is that VHDa keeps growing in size -- by GBs. I don't know the cause of these huge increases as recovery images have been disabled. And hard to imagine that normal MS updates are adding this data. Will hopefully figure this out when I do 10.
  12. Fantastic! Works like a charm. Thanks
  13. For easy testing of the VHDXs that diskmgmt creates, can drag a shortcut of W:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc to desktop. See the diskmgmt "Action" menu. Hope that helps. diskmgmt might attach the VHDX when it is created and that error might be from trying to attach a VHDX that is already attached. Don't see a way to detach the VHDX via diskmgmt. Sorry if that confused things.
  14. Are you saying that WinNTSetup actually does create a VHDX, and that we can just edit extension to =.VHDX manually? Or does the parameter error indicate some other issue? VHDX does offer some nice features. Thanks for your work.
  15. Thanks for the update. Great app. Is VHDX support still missing? Booted to a WTG VHD, win8.1 enterprise, as host. Can create VHDX via MS Disk Manager (on a separate partition I use for all my VHDs), but when try to WinNTSetup attach this VHDX, WinNTSetup gives error -- parameter is incorrect. Still not able to get WinNTSetup to create a VHDX file -- extension always VHD.
  16. On this page for Windows To Go: Feature Overview http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831833.aspx Under differences it states: “Internal disks are offline. To ensure data isn’t accidentally disclosed, internal hard disks on the host computer are offline by default when booted into a Windows To Go workspace. Similarly if a Windows To Go drive is inserted into a running system, the Windows To Go drive will not be listed in Windows Explorer.” Which made me think maybe it should be set as “ * “ for “Mount Installation drive as” for WTG to work as stated. Thanks
  17. The reason for setting it at W: was to prevent partition letter shuffling. But at W: did NOT prevent partition letter shuffling. So thought I would try * for WTG and see if that would allow WTG to NOT shuffle partition letters. edit: Would WTG still boot as C: even if I set “Mount Installation drive as” to '*' ??
  18. Well, I tried to do this with Regedit, but mucked something up -- eternal preparing windows dots... So, for my start-over, Should it be ok to set “Mount Installation drive as” to '*' for a Windows To Go drive? Or would this also give the eternal dots circle? Thanks
  19. Thanks JFX, Anyone any ideas on how to change the WTG drive letter -- only visible when booted (active) and within a VHD within a imgPTN?? Want to try to change from W to *. Very Strange: Have a secondary data HDD with nothing but GPT data partitions, and WTG -- as W -- wants to take all those GPT partitions and letter them first (D, E, F. etc..), which changes most other letters (and shortcuts / cross references).
  20. Thanks Steve, Anyone know if for a WinToGo USB drive, should I have used “Mount Installation drive as” set to ‘*’ ?? Or what does preassignment actually do? Thanks
  21. Thanks to work of devdevadev, I've used WinNTSetup in the making of a bootable Win8.1u3 To Go on a removable USB flash drive – only took like 10 tries ! ! ! In WinNTSetup, I used “Mount Installation drive as” set to ‘W’ so to not have it push its way in as ‘C’, and thus not rearrange all my other letters and screw up all my shortcuts / cross references. I did NOT use / check the preassignment option since could not get a good idea from this thread of what that actually does. Result is a drive that does boot as ‘W’, but the rest of the drive letters, for the system I’m plugged into, are all jumbled. Any way to boot to this USB WTG OS, and not end up with a drive letter assignment mess? Thanks for the great app.
  22. I'm stuck with Removable since no firmware available for my SanDisk Extreme for flipping that RMB bit. Also, there is supposed to be a way to do this, from what I understand so far, via an image of 8.1 WTG. Here: http://reboot.pro/topic/19868-ultimate-super-smart-secret-removable-usb-drive-with-mega-booting/#entry186023
  23. Very nice installer. Did a search of this topic for "Windows to Go" in quotes, but only got the top post, where it says "Support "Windows to Go" for Windows 7 and later installs". Don't see any options for creating a Windows to Go install. How does WinNTSetup do this? Will WinNTSetup create a Windows to Go install on a 'removable' stick drive? The "Windows to Go" creator -- via Win8.1's Control Panel -- will not do this on 'removable' stick drives. Thanks
  24. Thanks for the link. Another great little app from Nirsoft. MS had to have known that ppl would want access to those locations and do the next logical thing. Maybe MS meant this as kind of a practical joke...
  25. Great Tip: A quick way to find and open the real folder you are looking for is to do a search for that folder. All the "links" to that folder will show up in the search, plus the real thing. Right drag a shortcut of the real thing (in the search results) to wherever you want to have real access to that folder from.

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